Propaganda

Profile:
German group from Düsseldorf; formed in 1982 by former Die Krupps keyboarder Ralf Dörper and Andreas Thein.
The first recordings were made in summer 1982 (in the studio "Zero Green" in Essen, Germany. The reason being that it had a PPG Synthesizer.)
Ralf and Andreas recorded two songs - DISZIPLIN (political) and SÜNDE (religious) - the vocals were provided by Susanne Freytag.
The plan was to release them on the London label OPERATION TWILIGHT which had released Ralf´s solo records in the UK.
But Ralf also sent a tape of the two songs to Chris Bohn at the NME. This came to the attention of producer Trevor Horn who signed the band to his label ZTT in 1983.

A few months before ZTT signed them, the band (incl. drummer Weet) were invited to London to record some tracks with Nick Froome at Basing Street Studios on Feb. 26, 1983 (soon to be renamed Sarm West). Trevor Horn, Jill Sinclair and Paul Morley wanted to explore what Propaganda was about and base their decision on whether to sign them the material recorded during that session. Demos of Doppelganger, Radetzky Marsch and Mabuse were recorded during this session.

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

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

1985, ZTT (Duel, A Secret Wish, p:Machinery, Wishful Thinking)
Michael Mertens, Susanne 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
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Albums

207 439, 207 439-620 Propaganda - Wishful Thinking album art Propaganda Wishful Thinking (Album) ZTT 207 439, 207 439-620 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
610 540, 610 540-222, 90 288-2, 90288-2, CID 126 Propaganda - A Secret Wish album art Propaganda A Secret Wish (Album, Comp) ZTT 610 540, 610 540-222, 90 288-2, 90288-2, CID 126 UK, Europe & US 1985 Sell This Version
150022 Propaganda - 1234 album art Propaganda 1234 (Album) Virgin 150022 Argentina 1990 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

12 ZTAS 2 Propaganda - The Nine Lives Of Dr. Mabuse album art Propaganda The Nine Lives Of Dr. Mabuse (Single, Maxi, Comp, MiniAlbum, EP) ZTT 12 ZTAS 2 UK 1984 Sell This Version
J.B. 297 Propaganda - Marinero / Duel album art 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 album art Propaganda p: Machinery (Single, Maxi, EP, MiniAlbum, Comp) ZTT, ZTT 12 ZTAS 21, 602 014 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
97024 Propaganda - Duel album art Propaganda Duel (Single, Maxi, EP, Comp) ZTT, ZTT 97024 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
J.B. 307 Propaganda - p : Machinery / It's Called A Heart album art p : Propaganda* / Depeche Mode p : Propaganda* / Depeche Mode - p : Machinery / It's Called A Heart(7", Jukebox, Promo) Ricordi J.B. 307 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
SRLM 2052 Propaganda - In My House / Duel album art 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 album art Propaganda Untitled(12", Promo) ZTT, Island Records ISLP-1061 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
VAS-91-4083-A Propaganda - How Much Love album art Propaganda How Much Love (Single) Virgin VAS-91-4083-A Philippines 1990 Sell This Version
0-96412 Propaganda - Your Wildlife album art Propaganda Your Wildlife (Maxi) Charisma 0-96412 US 1990 Sell This Version
90597 Propaganda - Heaven Give Me Words album art Propaganda Heaven Give Me Words (Single) Virgin, Virgin 90597 France 1990 Sell This Version
113 518, VS1271 Propaganda - Only One Word album art Propaganda Only One Word (Single, Maxi) Virgin 113 518, VS1271 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
VI PRO 35, VI PRO 38 Propaganda - Es Goal! / Heaven Give Me Words / A Dreams A Dream album art Indios (2) / Propaganda / Soul II Soul Indios (2) / Propaganda / Soul II Soul - Es Goal! / Heaven Give Me Words / A Dreams A Dream(12", Promo) Virgin, Virgin VI PRO 35, VI PRO 38 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
U8P-1394 Propaganda - Pacific 808:98 / Moments In Love / Relax / p:Machinery album art 808 State / Art Of Noise* / Frankie Goes To Hollywood / Propaganda 808 State / Art Of Noise* / Frankie Goes To Hollywood / Propaganda - Pacific 808:98 / Moments In Love / Relax / p:Machinery(12", Promo) ZTT, Universal Records U8P-1394 US 1998 Sell This Version
AMM007 Propaganda - Valley Of The Machine Gods album art Propaganda Valley Of The Machine Gods (EP) Amontillado Music AMM007 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
SSZ3030 Propaganda - The Secret Tapes Of Dr. Mabuse album art Präpaganda* The Secret Tapes Of Dr. Mabuse (EP, Single) Suezan Studio SSZ3030 Japan 2018 Sell This Version

Compilations

ZTT 180 CDX Propaganda - Outside World album art Propaganda Outside World (Comp) ZTT ZTT 180 CDX UK 2002 Sell This Version
XECZ-1021-1022 Propaganda - A Secret Wish + Wishful Thinking = ア・シークレット・ウイッシュ + ウィッシュフル・シンキング album art Propaganda = プロパガンダ* Propaganda = プロパガンダ* - A Secret Wish + Wishful Thinking = ア・シークレット・ウイッシュ + ウィッシュフル・シンキング(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + Comp) ZTT XECZ-1021-1022 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
SALVOCD059, Element 24 Propaganda - Noise And Girls Come Out To Play / A Compact Introduction To Propaganda album art 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 album art Propaganda The Best Of (Comp) Metro Select, ZTT METRSL078 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
Element 45, BMGCAT325QLP Propaganda - The Eight Testaments Of Propaganda album art Propaganda The Eight Testaments Of Propaganda (Comp) ZTT, BMG Element 45, BMGCAT325QLP Europe 2018 Sell This Version

Videos

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