Claudia Brücken

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Claudia Brücken
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Background information
Birth name Claudia Brücken
Born (1963-12-07) 7 December 1963 (age 50)
Origin Berching, Germany
Genres Synthpop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1984–present
Labels ZTT, Island, There(There)
Associated acts Propaganda
Act
Onetwo

Claudia Brücken (born 7 December 1963, Berching, Bavaria) is a German singer who fronted the synthpop groups Propaganda and Act. Since 1996 she has been working with OMD co-founder Paul Humphreys, first without a name, and since 2004 as Onetwo. Together they also founded the independent record label There(There).

Propaganda[edit]

In 1983, Brücken joined the German band Propaganda and relocated to London when they signed with ZTT Records. Propaganda had two UK top 30 hit singles with "Dr Mabuse" (1984) and "Duel" (1985). On 14 February 1985, Brücken married British music journalist Paul Morley, who was one of the founders of the ZTT label. In July 1985, the first Propaganda album A Secret Wish was released. While promoting their first album and writing songs for a new album, internal tensions rose within the group. This was mainly attributed to the relationship between Brücken and Morley, and the profitless contract the band had signed with ZTT. In 1986, Propaganda left ZTT, and Brücken left Propaganda to stay with ZTT.

Act and solo[edit]

She joined Thomas Leer to form Act, who in 1988 released their only album Laughter, Tears and Rage. In 1991 she released a solo album Love: And a Million Other Things for Island Records. In the United Kingdom two singles were released from this album "Absolut(e)" in 1990, and "Kiss Like Ether" in 1991. Throughout the rest of the 90s, Brücken concentrated mainly on motherhood (she has a daughter, Maddy, with Paul Morley) and made some guest performances on albums of other artists. She met Paul Humphreys (of OMD) in 1996 when she was working on songs for a possible second solo album. They started just as co-writers, but now live and work together in London.[2]

Propaganda reunion[edit]

In 1998, Brücken joined the part-reunion of Propaganda (in which founder Ralf Dörper - see also Die Krupps - did not take part) and they began working on new material. Several tracks were completed as demos, including a snippet of a video. A preview of this video was released via the band's official website in early 2000, however, the reunion fell apart and no album materialized, although nine songs were leaked to the internet. Two of these were later released as Onetwo songs: "Cloud Nine", co-written by Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, and "Anonymous". Another attempt at a band reunion failed in 2010, meaning A Secret Wish will remain the only Propaganda record to feature the members Dörper, Freytag, Brücken and Mertens.

2000s[edit]

At the end of 2000, Brücken and Humphreys made a short tour of the United States as "Paul Humphreys of OMD: OMD Revisited". The tour started in Salt Lake City, and they performed songs from OMD and Propaganda, but also some new songs they had written. As Onetwo, in June 2004 the pair became the first established artists to release new material exclusively on eBay with a 5-track EP format called Item. Onetwo made their live debut in September 2004 at the Carling Academy at Islington.

A collaboration between Brücken and pianist Andrew Poppy resulted in the album Another Language in 2005. On this album they performed songs of other artists with just vocals and piano/guitar.

Onetwo finally released their debut album Instead on 26 February 2007, and performed some gigs in April 2007. They also supported Erasure and The Human League in the second half of 2007.

Her vocals can be heard in the hit 2011 video game L.A. Noire, as the singing voice of lounge singer, German immigrant and the main character's love interest Elsa Lichtmann.

In 2011, Brücken released Combined, which contained eight previously released tracks and four new ones, including her duet with Andy Bell of Erasure and two tracks from Onetwo.[3]

In March 2011, Brücken performed at the Scala, Kings Cross, London. She performed a selection of songs from her work with Propaganda, Act, Andrew Poppy, OneTwo and several numbers from her solo career. She was joined onstage by a variety of guests including Paul Humphreys, Glenn Gregory, Martyn Ware, Andrew Poppy, Suzanne Freytag, Ralf Dorper and Andy Bell. The concert was called 'This Time: It's Claudia Brücken'. The concert was recorded and released on 23 July 2012 as a CD/DVD entitled This Happened: Live at the Scala, and was produced by Paul Humphreys and David Watson.[4]

On November 6, 2012, Brücken released a new CD/vinyl set entitled The Lost Are Found, a collection of "lost" songs from artists such as the Pet Shop Boys, Julee Cruise and The Band, whose second album The Band contains "Whispering Pines" which lends the album its title.[5] A video for "Whispering Pines" was released as the album's first single in December.[6]

Brucken will tour the UK in March 2013. Germany tour dates have been postponed after an announcement on March 7 reporting that Paul Humphreys will have to withdraw from the original dates.[7]

Select discography[edit]

Release date Label Artist Title Notes
1985 ZTT Propaganda A Secret Wish album
1985 ZTT Propaganda Wishful Thinking remix album
August 27, 1985 (1985-08-27) ZTT Glenn Gregory and Claudia Brücken "When Your Heart Runs Out Of Time" single
June 27, 1988 (1988-06-27) ZTT Act Laughter, Tears and Rage album
February 1991 (1991-02) Island Records Claudia Brücken Love: And a Million Other Things album
1991 London Records Jimmy Somerville The Singles Collection vocals on the single "Run From Love"
1994 One Little Indian Spirit Feel Spirit Feel vocals on the track "Halleluhwah"
1996 Interpol The Brain featuring Claudia Brücken "I'll Find A Way" single
1997 Landspeed Records Oceanhead featuring Claudia Brücken "Eyemotion" single
February 19, 2002 (2002-02-19) Hard:Drive Apoptygma Berzerk Harmonizer vocals on the track "Unicorn"
April 7, 2003 (2003-04-07) Gang Go Music Blank & Jones Relax vocals on the track "Unknown Treasure"
June 28, 2004 (2004-06-28) There(There) Onetwo Item five-track EP
March 28, 2005 (2005-03-28) There(There) Andrew Poppy and Claudia Brücken Another Language album
October 3, 2005 (2005-10-03) Sanctuary Records Andy Bell Electric Blue vocals on the tracks "Love Oneself" and "Delicious"
February 26, 2007 (2007-02-26) There(There) Onetwo Instead album
November 17, 2008 (2008-11-17) Soundcolours Blank & Jones Chilltronica - a definition, No. 1 vocals on the track "Don't Stop"
February 7, 2011 (2011-02-07) Salvo/Soulfood Music Claudia Brücken Combined compilation album
July 23, 2012 (2012-07-23) There (There) Music Claudia Brücken This Happened: Live at the Scala Live performance CD/DVD
November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06) There (There) Music Claudia Brücken The Lost Are Found Album

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Femme Fatale", Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, September 2002 (2002-09), pp. 89–91
  2. ^ "Where are they now? No. 2 Propaganda", Johnny Black, Q Magazine, 2004
  3. ^ ZTT Records | Claudia Brucken - Combined. ztt.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-05.
  4. ^ Claudia Brücken - This Happened (DVD, Album) at Discogs. Discogs.com (2011-03-02). Retrieved on 2013-02-16.
  5. ^ Claudia Brücken ¬ History/Experience ¬. Claudiabrucken.co.uk. Retrieved on 2013-02-16.
  6. ^ Claudia Brücken - Whispering Pines. YouTube (2012-12-07). Retrieved on 2013-02-16.
  7. ^ Deutsche Tourdaten bestätigt! ¬. Claudiabrucken.co.uk (2012-12-10). Retrieved on 2013-02-16.

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