Prog Award winner Claudia Brücken has teamed up with her former Propaganda colleague Susanne Freytag and the band’s former producer Steve Lipson (a member of Trevor Horn‘s pop prog band Producers), to announce a new album as xPropaganda. The new outfit will release a brand new album, The Heart Is Strange through their old label ZTT on May 20. You can listen to first single Don’t (You Mess With Me) below.
The new trio have also announced a London show at The Garage on May 24, where “Claudia, Susanne & Stephen will perform The Heart Is Strange in full, as well as some much-loved Propaganda classics from their back catalogue.”
Propaganda were formed in Dusseldorf in 1982 by industrial musician Ralf Dorper. The band signed to ZTT and released their acclaimed debut album A Secret Wish in 1985. Despite hit singles such as Dr. Mabuse and Duel, the band’s career became embroiled in legal wrangles and they split in 1990.
The four key members, Brücken, Freytag, Dorper and Michael Mertens, have reunited sporadically over the years. This current activity from vocalists Brücken and Freytag came about after the pair performed two sold-out shows at the Grarage as xPropaganda in 2018, and followed it up by convening with Lipson to begin writing new material.
“We always thought it was a shame that an album as distinctive and acclaimed as A Secret Wish seemed destined to be a one-off. It certainly meant a lot to us, and it never seemed right that the story stopped there. Working again with Stephen Lipson and means that we can turn our dreams about what the ZTT follow up to A Secret Wish would sound like into a reality.”
Claudia Brücken teamed up with former Tangerine Dream member Jerome Froese to record the Beginn album in 2018. The same year she won the Outer Limits Award at the Progressive Music Awards.
The Heart Is Strange will be available on coloured vinyl, black vinyl, CD, 2CD and digital
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- Propaganda - Outside World - UK - CD album - £19.99, $21.39, €22.39 (New Item) (arrived 08-Sep-2022 13:22)on September 28, 2022 at 3:31 am
PROPAGANDA Outside World (2002 original UK 11-track CD album, an essential compilation that collects together remixes, B-sides and extra tracks released on 7-inch and 12-inch records, cassette singles and white-label DJ vinyl pressings duringthe band's tenure on the ZTT label in 1984/85. Chosen by fans with many previously unavailable on Compact Disc. 6-page booklet picture inlay with liner notes by Paul Lester. A recent warehouse find this is brand new old stock, unplayed & mint condition. Recommended)
- Propaganda - Dr Mabuse - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $8.56, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 19-Jul-2022 15:41)on September 28, 2022 at 3:31 am
PROPAGANDA Dr. Mabuse (1984 UK 7" single, also including Dr. Mabuse Der Spieler, housed in a picture sleeve with superb white hand with black 'M' on black background with red 'Propaganda' text. The lightweight sleeve shows the odd crease fromring wear & the vinyl is excellent with minor signs of play ZTAS2)
- Propaganda - Dr. Mabuse - Zeppelin/Band Members sleeve - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $10.70, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 19-Jul-2022 11:17)on September 28, 2022 at 3:31 am
PROPAGANDA Dr. Mabuse (1984 UK 2-track 7" vinyl single including Dr. Mabuse Der Spieler, superb glossy picture sleeve featuring the band standing in front of a wall with the 'Zeppelin' disaster being projected onto it! ZTAS2)
- Propaganda - Dr Mabuse - white glove sleeve - UK - 12" vinyl - £8.00, $8.56, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 17-May-2022 15:08)on September 28, 2022 at 3:31 am
PROPAGANDA Dr Mabuse (1984 UK 3-track 12" single, featuring Das Testaments Des Mabuse, Femme Fatale & [The Ninth Life Of...] Dr Mabuse, 'white glove' picture sleeve. The sleeve shows a little shelfwear & the vinyl is excellent with minor signsofplay 12ZTAS2)
- Claudia Brucken - Absolute - UK - 12" vinyl - £6.99, $7.48, €7.83 (New Item) (arrived 25-Mar-2022 16:37)on September 28, 2022 at 3:31 am
CLAUDIA BRUCKEN Absolute (1990 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, featuring the Shooting Star 12" Mix, Original Version plus Whisper, picture sleeve 12IS471)