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Propaganda - A biographical review,
This review is from: A Secret Wish (Audio CD)
Propaganda was a mid 1980's electro-pop group based in England, comprised of Claudia Bruecken, Susanne Freytag, Ralph Doerper, and Michael Mertens. 1985 saw the release of Secret Wish, their magnificent debut album for the ZTT records (also home to Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Art Of Noise). The best album cuts in my opinion are the upbeat and melodic song P. Machinery (P for perfect), the melancholic number Dr. Mabuse, and the haunting opus, Frozen Faces. The fantastic medley of the songs Relax (Frankie's staple) and P. Machinery, by the Italo disco group P4F was an effort not unknown to many in the Euro disco scene of the time. Unfortunately though, after releasing a remix album later in the same year, the group split apart and the members set to pursue their own musical projects.
In one front, Claudia Bruecken --the lead Propaganda vocalist-- remained with the ZTT records for releasing "Laughter, Tears, and Rage" (1988), a splendid electro-pop effort in collaboration with the instrumentalist, Thomas Leer. Later on in 1991, Bruecken also released a solo album, but as far as I know since then she has been quiet in the recording business. On other fronts, while Ralph Doerper returned to Die Krupps (his former electro-industrial outfit) for their late 80's collaboration with Nitzer Ebb, Michael Mertens recruited two former members of the Scottish supergroup Simple Minds, and a new female lead vocalist, Betsy Miller, for the 1990 release of "1234" (also under the name Propaganda). I am not aware of many Susanne Freytag solo projects except for her vocal role in "Spirit Feel", a 1995 techno/ambient album. There has been talks about a possible Propaganda reunion, but unfortunately as the time of this writing, the reunion hasn't been materialized.