What I Know About Women Could Be Written On A Twitter

Oct 10th, 2008 // 26 Comments

I could be totally wrong on this, but I’ve always worked under the assumption that all women (at least those familiar with Western culture) like the minor KROQ hit by Dramarama “Anything, Anything.” After all, the band is still playing decent-sized club gigs these days. Asking Maura today to try to test the theory again, her answer was “it’s ok,” which isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement, so maybe I need to re-evaluate the concept. I put it to you, the largely male Idolator readership: Is “Anything, Anything” the stereotypical tie that holds the female gender together? [Dramarama]

  1. Ned Raggett

    I know of at least one female commenter here who is not a fan, shall we say.

  2. Ned Raggett

    (Anyway the secret best song on that first album is “Scenario,” which I’d rank up there with anything on the first couple of Psychedelic Furs albums.)

  3. dippinkind

    Based on an unscientific survey i’ve just conducted, the song has a 20% approval rating among the female population. However, my own long-held assumption that all women like Prince is validated my the survey (also, Avalon by Roxy Music polls at 60%)

  4. Kate Richardson

    Haha I just think it’s funny.

  5. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    Dan – I’m curious as to why you think this song is particularly loved by females. Also, are you saying that its only loved by women, or that you always just thought that all women liked the song? I’m not really saying you’re wrong, its just that I always thought of this song, like most songs, as gender-neutral.

    Personally, even though I’m a dude, I’m with Maura, “its ok,” if a bit overplayed. However, my overplayed opinion is undoubtedly the result of still being a faily frequent KROQ listener. At least in the morning; love the Kevin & Bean.

  6. silkyjumbo

    Yeah, it always struck me as one of those songs dudes like to sing loudly in a bar. We all know that women prefer to drunkenly shriek along to The Cranberries’ “Zombie”.

  7. saturn

    My survey of me shows that 100% of women think this song is ok, but a bit dated-sounding. Also, 100% of women had no idea what songs Dramarama performed, and would not have been able to pull that name out of a hat if asked “who performed “anything, Anything”?”

  8. Dan Gibson

    @How do I say this … THROWDINI!: I can’t stand the song, and during the days when I used to listen to “all request lunch” shows on the radio, the song came up frequently and always picked by women. That’s about as scientific as my research on the subject was, to be honest.

  9. LeighBlack

    Hmmm, I know plenty of women who love the Buckcherry cover. Not so many who are into the original version.

  10. Dan Gibson

    @LeighBlack: It’s certainly possible my experience is entirely regional. Perhaps, I should amend my stereotype to “All Arizona women love “Anything, Anything”.

  11. MayhemintheHood

    I don’t know…I know plenty of OLD So Cal women that like it, none my age(28) though, that I can think of.

    I always thought dudes liked it more…any guys here that were 9 years old when they saw Nightmare on Elm Street 4 and got their first boner when the heroine starts to go crazy with nunchucks while this song was playing? My friends and I could sing nothing but this song for days afterward. Of course, it had to be accompanied by mimicing badass nunchuck moves.

  12. MayhemintheHood

    @Dan Gibson: Mine was kind of regional too. I think it’s more of a Socal/Southwest thing maybe.

  13. Anonymous

    When you said Dramarama i was thinking of Bananarama. Color me confused!

  14. defendme

    Why is 90% of the music that’s written about on Idolator stuff that was released before 1995? Dramarama are a band none of us would even give a crap about if only people didn’t listen to Rodney on the Roq in the ’80s.

  15. MayhemintheHood

    @defendme: What’s funny is I thought that Idolator was 90% modern music, mostly pop stuff that I’ve never even heard of. Besides, the posts about older music cool, dude.

  16. MayhemintheHood

    @MayhemintheHood: “…are cool,”

  17. Maura Johnston

    @defendme: I know it seems like it took forever for the Robyn album to come out over here, but it was only released in Sweden in 2005.

  18. CaligulaHamSandwich

    That is not at all what I would have guessed Dramarama to look like. (Hey, no cable in the 80s/90s, ok?) I pictured them as WAY more ABC-esque.

    I’m a woman, I agree that KROQ’s played the song way too much, but, yeah. It’s okay.

  19. mike a

    I overdosed on this song back when WHTG had it in heavy rotation. Terribly overdramatic. I’ll give you anything you want, hundred-dollar bills…to never hear it again.

  20. TheContrarian

    This is a terrifyingly bad song. I always thought Dramarama were a Bon Jovi cover band that stumbled across a Replacements album a week before recording this.

    Maybe chicks secretly crave hunky(?!?!) Jersey dudes pretending to be flanneled DIY midwesterners.

    I saw this video on VH Classic a week or so ago, then I re-watched “Mayor of Sunset Strip” with a friend. Bam. Dramarama right back in my face. Now this. Please make it stop!

  21. Anonymous

    It’s all about the lyrics, kids. The ladies love it ‘cuz the singer is beggin’ & pleadin’ with his girl…

    This is one of the ‘best-testing’ songs in KROQ’s song library. It ain’t ever going away.

    And the singer is actually a REALLY cool guy. And a music journalist, too.

  22. Dan Gibson

    @owenmeany: The two facts you present regarding the lead singer seem contradictory to each other somehow.

  23. MrStarhead

    Listening to this again for the first time in several years, it’s weird how much this song sounds like early-’90s Soul Asylum.

  24. Thierry

    @MrStarhead: Or a copy of Stink! played at half speed.

  25. Thierry

    @Thierry: scratch that “!”.

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