Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


This Euro pop/synthesizer unit left their native Germany to arrive in England in 1983. Propaganda originally comprised founder members Ralf Dörper (11 January 1960, Düsseldorf, Germany; keyboards, ex-Die Krupps) and DJ Andreas Thein, with Susanne Freytag (b. 3 September 1957, Düsseldorf, Germany; vocals), Claudia Brücken (b. 7 December 1963, Berchenz, Germany; vocals, ex-Toppolinos) and Michael Mertens (b. 23 October 1953, Stendahl, Germany; percussion, ex-Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra). They found an early advocate in Paul Morley of ZTT Records, and their first release, ‘Dr. Mabuse’, rallied well in the UK charts, reaching number 27. However, due to the label, and Trevor Horn’s commitment to Frankie Goes To Hollywood, the follow-up would not be released until over a year later by which time Thein had departed. ‘Duel’/‘Jewel’ was more successful still as Brücken moved permanently to England to wed...

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