Pin-Ups

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Human Drama took that concept to an even higher level with its third album. Not merely was Pin-Ups a covers album, like David Bowie's own Pin-Ups collection from 1973, but everything about the artwork and design -- from front cover photo to liner notes to back cover concert and studio snapshots -- totally and thoroughly clones Bowie's effort! Certainly Indovina isn't hiding his homage at all, and unsurprisingly two of Bowie's earliest songs, "After All" and "Letter to Hermione," get the treatment here. As a whole, Pin-Ups logically follows on from The World Inside in terms of the effective incorporation of string performances ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Human Drama took that concept to an even higher level with its third album. Not merely was Pin-Ups a covers album, like David Bowie's own Pin-Ups collection from 1973, but everything about the artwork and design -- from front cover photo to liner notes to back cover concert and studio snapshots -- totally and thoroughly clones Bowie's effort! Certainly Indovina isn't hiding his homage at all, and unsurprisingly two of Bowie's earliest songs, "After All" and "Letter to Hermione," get the treatment here. As a whole, Pin-Ups logically follows on from The World Inside in terms of the effective incorporation of string performances and subtler arrangements, provided by a rotating core of musicians. Combined with Indovina's welcome decision not to simply re-create the songs, but to interpret them through his own band's sound, the result makes for one of the better remake collections around. Part of its appeal lies with the unexpected song choices -- rather than, say, just serving up the goth world's umpteenth reworking of Bauhaus or Cure tunes, Indovina reveals deeper and varied roots indeed, touching on everyone from Mink Deville to the Rolling Stones, Roger Waters-era Pink Floyd to the Kinks, Nico to Joy Division. The two songs by the last artists are especially intriguing -- though "Love Will Tear Us Apart" has been covered to death, the slow-building interpretation here comes across very well, while the string-led variant of "Decades," violin replacing the synth line in the original, works wonders, Indovina's quietly intense singing a marvel. Another revelatory variation is Genesis' "The Carpet Crawlers," liberated from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and turned into a captivating standout, while Tom Waits' lyrics rarely sounded so fluidly sung thanks to the intriguing choices of "Yesterday Is Here" and "Hang Down Your Head."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1993
  • Label: Triple X Records
  • UPC: 021075114225
  • Catalog Number: 51142
  • Sales rank: 262,784

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Human Drama Primary Artist
Carlo Bartouni Electric Guitar
Lyn Bertles Violin
Estefan Bravo Background Vocals
Rita d'Albert Flute, Electric Guitar
Dan Daniel Background Vocals
Joy Division Track Performer
C.V. Erickson Percussion, Drums
Curt Harding Bass
Lili Haydn Violin, Viola
Lili Haymdn Violin, Viola
Lisa Meuret Piano
Jeff Russo Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Roger Sause Piano
Phillip Stephenson Harmonica, Electric Guitar
Gerri Sutyak Cello
Jim Wirt Bass
Glen Wood Trumpet
CJ Eiriksson Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Johnny Indovina Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, wah wah guitar
Lance Touanaha Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Phil Collins Composer
Peter Gabriel Composer
Steve Hackett Composer
Tom Waits Composer
Tony Banks Composer
Kathleen Brennan Composer
Dan Daniel Engineer
Lisa Meuret Engineer
Mike Rutherford Composer
Jim Wirt Engineer
Charlie Bouis Engineer
CJ Eiriksson Engineer
Johnny Indovina Producer, Contributor
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