Claudia Brücken

Claudia Brücken

Real Name:
Claudia Ute Brücken
Claudia Brücken joined her first band Haarstrauben ("hair-raising") aged 14. Her second, the all-girl Topolinos lasted 2 years before she was invited to join a fledgling pre-ZTT Propaganda, which had been formed by former Die Krupps synthesist Ralf Dörper in 1982 - and which already included Susanne Freitag (also of Topolinos).

Propaganda moved from Düsseldorf to London when their demo of Throbbing Gristle's Disziplin caught the ear of Zang Tumb Tuum . Propaganda stayed for 3 singles, an album and a remix collection in their original line-up on ZTT (1984-85), before they parted company. Claudia married Paul Morley, ZTT A&R, and released "When Your Heart Runs Out Of Time", a duet with Glenn Gregory. Tensions within the group and with ZTT led inevitably to a split.

In 1986 Claudia formed Act with Thomas Leer. Three singles were taken from their sole album "Laughter, Tears And Rage" (a fourth, "Chance" never made it to the shelves). During interviews for the Act album, Brücken mentioned her next project would be a solo album on ZTT, "Prima Donna". However this was never released, and little else is known of the project.

Much was expected of 1991s "Love: And A Million Other Things", Brücken's debut solo album proper. But once again events conspired against her, with a line-up change at her new label, Island Records, ousting all her A&R team and supporters. "Absolut[e]" and "Kiss Like Ether" missed the UK Top 40, and the planned 3rd single "Fanatic" only made it to promo in France.

During the 90s Claudia kept a low profile, but was still writing and recording. She appeared alongside Propaganda's Suzanne Freytag on Spirit Feel's 1994 album, and fronted releases by The Brain (2) and Oceanhead. In 1999, Claudia along with Michael Mertens and Suzanne Freytag, announced a reformed Propaganda. An album's worth of material was recorded but despite interest the project floundered in 2001 and the material remains unreleased.

In 2004 Claudia and her current partner Paul Humphreys (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) formed a new group that remained nameless for some time, but eventually came to be known as Onetwo. Claudia also worked with fellow ZTT-luminary Andrew Poppy on the album "Another Language".
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Claudia Brücken Discography


PSCD-1094 Claudia Brücken Love: And A Million Other Things (Album) Island Records, Island Records PSCD-1094 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
TTCD001 Claudia Brücken + Andrew Poppy Claudia Brücken + Andrew Poppy - Another Language(CD, Album) There (There) TTCD001 UK 2004 Sell This Version
TTCDX005 Claudia Brücken The Lost Are Found (Album) There (There) TTCDX005 UK 2012 Sell This Version
TTDVDCD001 Claudia Brücken This Happened(DVD-V, PAL, Reg + CD, Album) There (There) TTDVDCD001 UK 2012 Sell This Version
CDBRED634, CDBRED 634 Claudia Brücken Where Else… (Album) Cherry Red, Cherry Red CDBRED634, CDBRED 634 UK 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

12ZTAS15, 12ztas15 Glenn Gregory And Claudia Brücken Glenn Gregory And Claudia Brücken - When Your Heart Runs Out Of Time (Single) ZTT 12ZTAS15, 12ztas15 UK 1985 Sell This Version
ISB 471, 878 032-7 Claudia Brücken Absolut[e] (Single) Island Records, Island Records ISB 471, 878 032-7 UK 1990 Sell This Version
IS DJ 479 Claudia Brücken Kiss Like Ether (Single, Maxi) Island Records, Island Records IS DJ 479 UK 1991 Sell This Version
1376 Claudia Brücken Fanatic (The Nail In My Soul)(7") Island Records 1376 France 1991 Sell This Version
74321 27072 1 The Brain (2) Feat. Claudia Brücken The Brain (2) Feat. Claudia Brücken - I'll Find A Way (Maxi, Single) Interpop 74321 27072 1 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
12EMDJ 479 Oceanhead Featuring Claudia Brücken Oceanhead Featuring Claudia Brücken - Eyemotion (Single, Maxi) Land Speed Records 12EMDJ 479 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PR 04015 Blank & Jones & Claudia Brücken Blank & Jones & Claudia Brücken - Unknown Treasure(CD, Single, Promo) Gang Go Music PR 04015 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
none Claudia Brücken Thank You (Single) Salvo, Union Square Music none UK 2011 Sell This Version
none Claudia Brücken L.A. Noire (Official Soundtrack)(3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Rockstar Games none UK & Europe 2011
none Claudia Brücken One Summer Dream (EP) There (There) none UK & Europe 2013
none Claudia Brücken Everyone Says 'Hi'(CDr, Single, Promo) Island Records none UK 2013 Sell This Version
none Claudia Brücken Letting Go(CDr, Single, Promo) Cherry Red Records Ltd. none UK 2014 Sell This Version
none Claudia Brücken Nevermind(CDr, Single, Promo) Cherry Red none UK 2014 Sell This Version
none Claudia Brücken Walk Right In(CDr, Single, Promo) Cherry Red none UK 2015 Sell This Version


none Claudia Brücken Incarnations(CDr) Razormaid Records none US 1999 Sell This Version
SALVOCD046, Element 13 Claudia Brücken Combined (Comp) Salvo, ZTT SALVOCD046, Element 13 UK 2011 Sell This Version

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February 5, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
Am I really the first one to leave a review of this fantastic woman? Her voice is outstanding. Her performance in the Propaganda was incredible, but the best delivery was presented on her project "Act". Very versatile, perfect electro-pop album. Pity, everything else since is not equally as good as the 80's songs but even if it's so, she is always highly recommended. Pity she has made some faliures during the last decade but OneTwo is recommended again. She has some appearances and collaborations which are worth collecting.

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