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July 7, 2016

Propaganda – A Secret Wish (1985)

by Record Facts

Propaganda are a German synthpop group, formed in 1982. They were one of the initial roster of acts signed to Trevor Horn‘s ZTT label, between 1984 and 1986, during which they released the critically acclaimed album A Secret Wish.

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Artist:  Propaganda
Title:  A Secret Wish
Year:  1985
Format:  LP
Label:  Island Records
Catalog#  207027

Propaganda are a German synthpop group, formed in 1982. They were one of the initial roster of acts signed to Trevor Horn’s ZTT label, between 1984 and 1986, during which they released the critically acclaimed album “A Secret Wish”.

Propaganda was formed in Düsseldorf, West Germany, in 1982, by Ralf Dörper (a member of the German industrial band Die Krupps).

As a trio, with artist Andreas Thein and vocalist Susanne Freytag, the group made initial recordings in Germany which were destined for future release in the UK, where Ralf Dörper’s early experimental recordings had received critical acclaim by radio DJ John Peel and journalist Biba Kopf. With the inclusion of classically trained musician and composer Michael Mertens and singer Claudia Brücken (who had worked with Freytag in her previous band, The Topolinos) music journalist Paul Morley signed the band to Trevor Horn’s newly formed ZTT Records label.

The group relocated to the United Kingdom and released the single “Dr. Mabuse”, named after the fictional character made famous by filmmaker Fritz Lang. The single reached Top Thirty in the UK Singles Chart, and Top Ten in Germany.

In 1985 they released “A Secret Wish” was the 1985  their debut album, produced by Stephen Lipson and label boss Trevor Horn. The singles “Duel” and “Dr. Mabuse” were both Top 30 UK chart hits. The track “p:Machinery” was also released as a single and was featured in an episode of the 80’s TV show Miami Vice and also on the video “Drum” by Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon for his Whitbread Round the World Race in 1985.

With guests including David Sylvian, Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, and Steve Howe, “A Secret Wish” is synth-rock with an eye toward orchestrated pop as well as a bit of sampler experimentation in the grand ZTT tradition of Art of Noise.
There’s a distinct lack of songwriting on the album, and though the synth-grooves are tight enough to keep it flowing for most of its length, “A Secret Wish” occasionally falls flat from its own weight.

 

Side one
1.  Dream Within A Dream  (8:04)
2.  The Murder Of Love  (5:13)
3.  Jewel  (3:07)
4.  Duel  (4:41)

Side two
1.  P–Machinery  (3:50)
2.  Sorry For Laughing  (3:27)
3.  Dr. Mabuse (First Life)  (4:57)
4.  The Chase  (4:05)
5.  The Last Word / Strength To Dream  (3:00)

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