Propaganda - Duel

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The 30th Anniversary of ZTT Records (ZTT30) brings you Duel by Propaganda.

Propaganda is a German synthpop group, formed in 1982 in Düsseldorf, Germany, by Ralf Dörper (a member of the German industrial band Die Krupps), part-time DJ Andreas Thein and singer Susanne Freytag.  With the inclusion of classically trained musician and composer Michael Mertens and 19-year old vocalist Claudia Brücken, journalist Paul Morley signed the band to Trevor Horn's newly-formed ZTT Records label. They were one of the initial roster of acts signed to ZTT, between 1984 and 1986, during which they released the critically acclaimed album "A Secret Wish".

A Secret Wish was the 1985 debut album of Propaganda. It was produced by Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn. The singles "Duel" and "Dr. Mabuse" were both Top 30 UK chart hits. The track "p:Machinery" was also released as a single and was featured in an episode of the 80's TV show Miami Vice.

"Duel" was the second single by Propaganda, released in the United Kingdom in April 1985, it became their most successful single in the UK, reaching no. 21. This led to the band making their one and only appearance on the flagship BBC music programme, "Top of the Pops", in June of that year. 

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