Dramarama was formed in Wayne, but relocated to California in the mid-’80s after Los Angeles disk jockey Rodney Bingenheimer gave their single “Anything, Anything (I’ll Give You)” heavy airplay on his station, KROQ-FM. More hits followed, including the tough and Stones-y “Last Cigarette,” in 1989. Since then, Dramarama — as well as frontman John Easdale, who has toured and recorded as a solo artist (though often with Dramarama members supporting)— has retaineda strong following in New Jersey, and even released a live EP in 2003 titledAbsolutely, 100% Made in N.J.Since their two strongholds are Los Angeles and New Jersey, they are truly bicoastal, in a way that few bands are.
Free-form radio disk jockey Rich Russo calls his syndicated show, heard on Sunday nights on WDHA-FM (105.5 FM), WRAT-FM (95.9 FM)and elsewhere, “Anything, Anything,” and starts each one with the song.
Below, watch the original, noir-ish video for “Last Cigarette.”
New Jersey celebratedits 350th birthday lastyear. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we are markingthe occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, for almost a year — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. We started in September 2014, and will keep going until late in the summer.
If you would like to suggest any songs to be included, please let me know in the comments section underneath the video. And if you want to see the entire list, either alphabetically or in the order the songs were selected, click here.