Act

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Short lived collaboration between Propaganda vocalist, Claudia Brücken and cult favourite Electro pioneer, Thomas Leer. The pair released a handful of smart singles and an album before deciding to cut and run. Satirizing the glitz and indulgence of the entertainment industry, the first release, Snobbery and Decay, came at a time when perhaps the public had grown weary of ZTT's promotional style and just didn't 'buy' it. Ultimately, the duo suffered the cynicism of the industry they lampooned.
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Act Discography Tracks

Albums

Act - Laughter, Tears And Rage album art Act Laughter, Tears And Rage (Album, Comp) ZTT, ZTT UK 1988 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Act - Snobbery & Decay album art Act Snobbery & Decay (Single, Maxi, EP) ZTT UK 1987 Sell This Version
Act - Absolutely Immune album art Act Absolutely Immune (Single, EP) ZTT UK 1987 Sell This Version
J.B. 330 Act - Snobbery & Decay / Adrenalina album art Act / Giuni Russo Con La Partecipazione Di Rettore Act / Giuni Russo Con La Partecipazione Di Rettore - Snobbery & Decay / Adrenalina(7", Jukebox) Ricordi J.B. 330 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
Act - Chance album art Act Chance (Single) ZTT UK 1988 Sell This Version
Act - I Can't Escape From You (Love & Hate) album art Act I Can't Escape From You (Love & Hate) (Single, EP) ZTT, ZTT UK 1988 Sell This Version

Compilations

Act - Love & Hate – A Compact Introduction To Act album art Act Love & Hate – A Compact Introduction To Act (Comp, Album) Salvo, ZTT Europe 2015 Sell This Version

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CtheB

CtheB

July 1, 2018
Act: mistimed and misconceived. The pairing of Brücken and Leer really didn't work, and Leer seems to have encouraged Brücken to sing (and whisper) in a much more mannered, irritating way than she ever did with Propaganda, or during her subsequent solo career. Leer's vocals are annoying, and aren't an interesting fit with Brücken's. By 1987 the big-production ZTT blueprint sounded really out-of-date, and the world was about to realise that talented people could make hit records from home – no need for expensive Fairlights or producers who are members of Yes. But Act's biggest problem, really, was that – with the possible exception of 'Absolutely immune' – they just didn't have any songs, just a lot of empty, pseudo-ironic bluster.
Numanoid

Numanoid

June 29, 2015
However much ZTT want to spin the greatness of ACT, the reason why they didn't take-off back in the 80's is that they sound fair enough, but nothing special.
ttooyyss

ttooyyss

January 23, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
Wonderful album, extremely colorful with exciting instrumentation, very versatile compositions, yet held together by Stephen Lipson's mastermind. Powerful and vivid movements. Synth-pop of the best kind. I prefer it over the Propaganda what was a bit rudimentary compared to this one. Thomas Leer's appearing voice is just perfect, but Claudia Brücken never was sooo good, nor since. Highest recommendation, even more for ZTT-artists fans. Interestingly the LP version contains a half minute long interplay with singing. Original piece and based on the I can't escape from you sounds. It isn't included on the German CD, nor on the 3-CD box set! The Original design was very georgeous, Claudia was very nice on it. Reissue isn't that good but has incredible amount of mixes and not yet released material! GREAT! Pity, the recording soundquality is as poor as usual on the other ZTT stuff of the mid-80's. Watch-out: there are multiple remix versions were released on some Art of 12" issues which are NOT appearing in the Act catalogue!!!

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