German group from Düsseldorf; formed in 1982 by former Die Krupps Keyboarder Ralf Dörper and Andreas Thein.
Initial recordings were made with Suzanne Freytag. Those come to the attention of producer Trevor Horn who signed the Band to his Label ZTT in 1983.

Propaganda has been through several line-up changes in its recording career:

1984, ZTT (Dr. Mabuse)
Michael Mertens, Suzanne Freytag, Claudia Brücken, Ralf Dörper, Andreas Thein

1985, ZTT (Duel, A Secret Wish, p:Machinery, Wishful Thinking)
Michael Mertens, Suzanne Freytag, Claudia Brücken, Ralf Dörper

Claudia Brücken left Propaganda in 1986 and the remaining members of the group took ZTT to court to release them from their contract. New album demos were recorded in 1987-88. Mertens, Freytag and Dörper were joined by Derek Forbes and Brian McGee along with vocalist Betsi Miller. Although Freytag and Dörper contributed to the new album, they were no longer members by its release.

1990, Virgin (Heaven Give Me Words, 1234, Only One Word, Your Wildlife)
Michael Mertens, Betsi Miller, Derek Forbes, Brian McGee
This line-up fizzled out in 1991.

By 1998 Mertens was working again with Brücken and Freytag, and in 1999 Propaganda's website announced a new album was being recorded. This line-up were set to sign with EastWest, but this was not to be, and the album remains unreleased, although recordings leaked via the internet.

In November 2004, Mertens, Freytag, Brücken and Dörper reunited for a performance of Dr. Mabuse to benefit The Prince's Trust and to celebrate Trevor Horn's 25 years in the music industry.

In 2005, Mertens and Freytag resurrected the name again…

2005+, Amontillado Music
Michael Mertens, Susanne Freytag

Propaganda Discography


ZTTIQ 3 Propaganda A Secret Wish (Album, Comp) ZTT ZTTIQ 3 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
ZAS 20 Propaganda Wishful Thinking (Album) ZTT ZAS 20 UK 1985 Sell This Version
V2625 Propaganda 1234 (Album) Virgin V2625 Italy 1990 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

13SI-238 Propaganda The Nine Lives Of Dr. Mabuse (Single, Maxi, EP, MiniAlbum) ZTT 13SI-238 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
12 ZTAS 2, 12 ZTPS 02 Propaganda / The Art Of Noise Propaganda / The Art Of Noise - Femme Fatale / Moments In Love(12", MP) ZTT, ZTT 12 ZTAS 2, 12 ZTPS 02 UK 1984 Sell This Version
J.B. 297 Milva / Propaganda Milva / Propaganda - Marinero / Duel(7", Promo) Ricordi J.B. 297 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
12 ZTAS 21, 602 014 Propaganda p: Machinery (Single, MiniAlbum, Maxi) ZTT 12 ZTAS 21, 602 014 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
97024 Propaganda Duel (Single, Maxi, EP) ZTT, ZTT 97024 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
J.B. 307 p : Propaganda* / Depeche Mode p : Propaganda* / Depeche Mode - p : Machinery / It's Called A Heart(7", Promo) Ricordi J.B. 307 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
SRLM 2052 Mary Jane Girls / Propaganda Mary Jane Girls / Propaganda - In My House / Duel(12", Promo) Ricordi SRLM 2052 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
ISLP-1061 Propaganda Untitled (12", Promo, Smplr) ZTT, Island Records ISLP-1061 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
113 518, VS1271 Propaganda Only One Word (Single, Maxi) Virgin 113 518, VS1271 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
VJDP-110 Propaganda How Much Love (Single) Virgin VJDP-110 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
90597 Propaganda Heaven Give Me Words (Single) Virgin, Virgin 90597 France 1990 Sell This Version
0-96412 Propaganda Your Wildlife Charisma 0-96412 US 1990 Sell This Version
AMM007 Propaganda Valley Of The Machine Gods (EP) Amontillado Music AMM007 Germany 2005 Sell This Version


ZTT 180 CDX Propaganda Outside World (Comp) ZTT ZTT 180 CDX UK 2002 Sell This Version
XECZ-1021-1022 Propaganda A Secret Wish + Wishful Thinking(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + Comp) ZTT Japan XECZ-1021-1022 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
SALVOCD059, Element 24 Propaganda Noise And Girls Come Out To Play / A Compact Introduction To Propaganda(CD, Comp) Salvo, ZTT SALVOCD059, Element 24 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
METRSL078 Propaganda The Best Of (Comp) Metro Select, ZTT METRSL078 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version


REP 3018 Propaganda The Video Collection(DVD-V, Comp, Multichannel, NTSC) Repertoire Records REP 3018 Germany 2003 Sell This Version