Propaganda were overshadowed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood in the mid-eighties but the more musically astute of us had heard debut single Dr Mabuse and been stunned by its uniqueness.
Propaganda only lasted for one real album although they were early pioneers of the remix, illustrated by their second album and ably reflected by this new compilation Outside World.
There is no new material on here but much is appearing on CD for the first time and having had the priviledge of an demo cd, it sounds stunning. Unexpectedly Mabuse appears in two radically different forms but it is the opposite ends of Jewel / Duel that stand out as being relevant in the year 2002. This is more than a retro trip though, Femme Fatale and Frozen Faces are gorgeous, Claudias voice can rarely have been in better form.
For once, believe the Propaganda, an essential purchase.