Showing posts with label Propaganda. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Propaganda. Show all posts

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Machinery - Propaganda

I can conclude my trilogy of Propaganda 12" singles today with this one, 'Machinery' from 1985. At the time of release I felt that this song was less strong and impressive than Duel, but three decades later it proves to have stood the test of time well. I'm incredibly fond of the Eighties 12" singles by ZTT anyway, because they were always so full of interesting extended remixes that were truly extended.

In this case, two versions of 'Machinery' are presented, and the 'Polish' version actually almost hits 10 minutes. You are probably tempted to disregard the B-side 'Frozen faces', but don't. It's a very interesting track.

My collection: 12" single [unnumbered]
Found: Den Haag, 2014
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Machinery (Polish)' / 'Machinery (Passive)', 'Frozen faces'

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Duel - Propaganda

It took Propaganda a year to release a follow-up to Dr Mabuse. Or rather, their record company because after the phenomenal success of Frankie goes to Hollywood they seemed a little fazed.But when 'Duel' was finally released, it was a big success, especially in the Netherlands where the single peaked at number 5. In the UK, the single only reached number 21.

The 12" single featured extended versions of both the A- and B-side. 'Jewel', on the B-side, was simply a different, more industrial-sounding version of 'Duel'. As always, the record company ZTT made the sleeve of the 12" single look very different from the 7" version, creating a very interesting item for fans and collectors.

My collection: 12" single [unnumbered]
Found: unknown
Cost: 7,5 guilders
Tracks: 'Duel (Bittersweet)' / 'Jewel (Cut rough)'

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Dr. Mabuse - Propaganda

As you may have gathered from today's entires, I am cleaning up my 12" singles collection. Or rather, I'm going through them to see whether there's any stuff I haven't yet digitised. I was pleased to see that there's not a whole lot of work left to do, although there have been some surprising omissions. For instance, I haven't posted any of my Propaganda 12" singles!

I only have three of them, but they're the classics: taken from their debut album, both the songs and their respective 12" singles have been exciting. To begin with, there's 'Dr. Mabuse': a song that was transformed into a 10 minute epic, backed with an impressive cover version of Lou Reed's 'Femme fatale'. Time to rectify the situation. 'Duel' and 'Machinery' are due to follow soon, of course!

My collection: 12" single [unnumbered]
Found: unknown
Price: unknown
Tracks: 'Das Testament des Mabuse' / 'Femme fatale (The woman with the orchid)', '(The ninth life of) Dr. Mabuse'

Monday, 1 February 2010

Duel - Propaganda

25 years after I bought the single 'Duel' I find out that there's a limited edition double single of this track! Fortunately, I spotted this double single at a bargain price, because nothing is worse than seeing items like this for a staggering amount and you realise you either have to wait forever to find another copy or it will never be available at a reasonable price at all.

Not that the two bonus tracks on disc 2 are very rare anymore: both have been released on the excellent cd/dvd set 'Outside world', released in 2002.

My collection: 7" single no. 4494
Found: Record fair, Amsterdam, January 30, 2010
Cost: 2,5 euro
Tracks: 'Duel' / 'Jewel' // 'Lied' / 'The lesson'

Monday, 7 September 2009

Only one word - Propaganda

When the single 'Only one word' was released, it was also released as a limited edition 10" single in a box set. The box set featured three colour prints and one exclusive track: the demo version of 'Only one word'. When you listen to it, it sounds a bit like a rough version of the track performed live.

I've never had a formal 10" single collection, there's only a handful in my possession. But this one is one I really like. Even if that one exclusive track doesn't really excite me...

My collection: 10" single [unnumbered]
Found: Record fair, 1994
Cost: 20 guilders
Tracks: 'Only one word' / 'Only one word (demo version)', 'Open spaces'

Friday, 5 June 2009

Only one word - Propaganda

Compared to the aggressive sound of their debut album 'A secret wish', the material on Propaganda's second album '1234' was rather subdued. 'Only one word', the second single from the album, was a good example: the first line-up of Propaganda would never even have considered a ballad to be released as a single. Yet, here it was. Personally, I rate this as one of my favourite Propaganda tracks of all.

The international audience reacted with disinterest. In the UK, the single only managed a number 71 placing in the singles chart - in other countries the single did not chart at all.

My collection: 7" single no. 2018
Found: House of Rhythm, London, October 19, 1993
Cost: 1 pound
Tracks: 'Only one word' / 'Open spaces'

Sunday, 24 May 2009

P-Machinery medley with Relax - Propaganda for Frankie

This is an interesting one. Propaganda for Frankie is an Italian producer/DJ outfit that decided to profit from the ongoing popularity of the bands Propaganda and Frankie goes to Hollywood. Their track 'P-machinery medley with Relax' is what people would nowadays call a 'mashup'. The difference being that the songs are performed by other, unnamed, artists.

Although the concept is the same as Club House's 'Do it again with Billie Jean', this single didn't become a Europe-wide hit. Instead, it has become some sort of item for Italo House afficionados.

My collection: 7" single no. 3729
Found: Record fair, Den Haag, May 23, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'P-Machinery medley with Relax' / 'Deejay'

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Heaven give me words - Propaganda

In late 1985, Propaganda's management introduced the group to the London based music lawyer Brian Carr of Compton Carr, who studied both contracts Propaganda have been given to ZTT Records and Perfect Songs, contracts which had been signed by the band members without legal advice. He came to the conclusion that under these contracts, the members of the group could go on making records for the rest of their lives and never make any money from them.

This was the point where everything ended between Propaganda and ZTT Records/Perfect Songs Ltd. Claudia Brücken left Propaganda to pursue a solo career. In 1988, the band signed to Virgin Records, and began recording new material. Alongside Michael Mertens were the new line-up of vocalist Betsi Miller, Derek Forbes and Brian McGee. The result was a new album, released in 1990 called '1234'. The single 'Heaven give me words', co-written by Howard Jones, was not a huge success, perhaps in part due to MTV dropping the video for 'Heaven give me words' after only very few plays. The single peaked at number 36 in the UK singles chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 1254
Found: Free Record Shop, Den Haag, June 26, 1990
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'Heaven give me words' / 'Count zero'

Monday, 27 April 2009

P-Machinery - Propaganda

When I called this song 'Machinery' in this post, someone immediately corrected me, writing that the song is called 'P-Machinery'. Of course, I do know this, but it has been subject of a heated discussion between a friend and me over the years. His supporting evidence was that the song's lyric never mentioned 'P-Machinery'. My evidence was that it is continually listed as 'P-Machinery' in 'Britains Hit Singles' and the Dutch 'Hit Dossier'.

Whatever. The song was not a big hit in the UK, but peaked at number 12 in the Netherlands. I loved the song right from the beginning, although I didn't think it was the stroke of genius 'Duel' was. After this single, Propaganda disappeared from view for a couple of years.

My collection: 7" single no. 319
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, 1985
Cost: 3,5 guilders
Tracks: 'P-Machinery' / 'Frozen faces'

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Duel - Propaganda

For a little while in 1985, I thought Propaganda was the best thing since sliced bread. After the success of Dr. Mabuse, the band fell silent for a while before releasing 'Duel'. I vaguely recalled 'Dr. Mabuse', but this new single was total genius in my book. Especially the frantic piano solo was something I really marvelled at.

The single peaked at number 5 in the Dutch Top 40, while it only managed number 21 in the UK. When this single was followed up by the less remarkable 'Machinery', my interest faded pretty quickly, although I did like that song as well.

My collection: 7" single no. 294
Found: LP Top 100, Den Haag, 1985
Cost: 5,5 guilders
Tracks: 'Duel' / 'Jewel'

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Dr. Mabuse - Propaganda

I'm glad to say I got into Propaganda before they took over the charts in Europe with their second single 'Duel'. 'Dr. Mabuse' peaked at number 27 in the UK singles chart and number 7 in Germany in 1984, but elsewhere the single failed to chart.

The song was named after the fictional character made famous by film maker Fritz Lang. Journalist Paul Morley was involved in signing the band to Trevor Horn's newly-formed ZTT Records label. He marketed the band as 'a twisted, hellish version of Abba'. Well, as a child I thought this was a scary song, indeed.

My collection: 7" single no. 1597
Found: All that music, Leiden, June 28, 1992
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'Dr. Mabuse' / 'Dr. Mabuse der Spieler'

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