Claudia Brücken

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Claudia Brücken
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Brücken performing in December 2007
Born (1963-12-07) 7 December 1963 (age 57)
Berching, West Germany
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active1978–present
Musical career
Associated acts

Claudia Brücken (born 7 December 1963) is a German singer and songwriter. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the synth-pop band Propaganda.

In 1996, Brücken started working with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark co-founder Paul Humphreys, first without a name, and from 2004 as Onetwo. In March 2013, Brücken and Humphreys ceased working and living together, and she has subsequently returned to pursuing her solo career.

Early career[edit]

At age 14, Brücken joined her first band, Haarsträubend. Her second band was the all-female The Tripolinas together with Susanne Freytag, who also became a member of the band Propaganda.[citation needed]


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.

I wasn't this kind of control freak which I sometimes was portrayed as. It was because we didn't have a very good deal at the time with ZTT, and everybody got very defensive about his or her bit, which was what drove us apart, really. It seemed for the band there were Paul and I and then the rest of them. They accused me of things; I'm really not one for making strategies and plotting behind people's back.[1]

Act and solo career[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, and a son, Daniel, with Paul Morley) and made some guest performances on albums of other artists. She had met Paul Humphreys (of OMD) in the early 1980s[2] but it was in 1996 when the pair became close, as she was working on songs for a possible second solo album.[3]

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".

The original four-piece including founder Ralf Dörper performed together at the Trevor Horn Prince's Trust extravaganza which took place at the Wembley Arena in 2004. Another attempt at a band reunion failed in 2010.


At the end of 2000, Brücken and Humphreys undertook 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.[4] She also did a duet with Paul Rutherford of Frankie Goes To Hollywood singing "This Is Not America" a song written by David Bowie and Pat Metheny for the soundtrack of the movie The Falcon and the Snowman.

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, Susanne 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 Martin Gooch who also directed.[citation needed]

On 6 November 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]

Brücken played live in the UK in March 2013. Germany tour dates were postponed after an announcement on 7 March reporting that Paul Humphreys would have to withdraw from the original dates.[7]

In October 2014, Brücken released a new solo album, entitled Where Else... (Cherry Red), a collaboration with co-writer and producer John Williams.

For two nights in March 2018, Brücken, along with Propaganda bandmate Susanne Freytag, performed the Propaganda album "A Secret Wish" in its entirety at The Garage in London. They billed their band as xPropaganda.[citation needed]

Select discography[edit]

Release date Label Artist Title Notes
1985 ZTT Propaganda A Secret Wish album
1985 ZTT Propaganda Wishful Thinking remix album
27 August 1985 ZTT Glenn Gregory and Claudia Brücken "When Your Heart Runs Out Of Time" single
27 June 1988 ZTT Act Laughter, Tears and Rage album
February 1991 Island Records Claudia Brücken Love: And a Million Other Things album
1991 London Records Jimmy Somerville The Singles Collection 1984/1990 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
19 February 2002 Hard:Drive Apoptygma Berzerk Harmonizer vocals on the track "Unicorn"
7 April 2003 Gang Go Music Blank & Jones Relax vocals on the track "Unknown Treasure"
28 June 2004 There(There) Onetwo Item five-track EP
28 March 2005 There(There) Andrew Poppy and Claudia Brücken Another Language album
3 October 2005 Sanctuary Records Andy Bell Electric Blue vocals on the tracks "Love Oneself" and "Delicious"
26 February 2007 There(There) Onetwo Instead album
17 November 2008 Soundcolours Blank & Jones Chilltronica - a definition, No. 1 vocals on the track "Don't Stop"
7 February 2011 Salvo/Soulfood Music Claudia Brücken Combined compilation album
23 July 2012 There (There) Music Claudia Brücken This Happened: Live at the Scala Live performance CD/DVD
6 November 2012 There (There) Music Claudia Brücken The Lost Are Found Album
6 October 2014 Cherry Red Claudia Brücken Where Else… Album
15 June 2018 Cherry Red Claudia Brücken and Jerome Froese Beginn Album


  1. ^ "Femme Fatale", Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, September 2002 (2002-09), pp. 89–91
  2. ^ "ONETWO (PAUL HUMPHREYS & CLAUDIA BRUCKEN) INTERVIEW [2004]". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Where are they now? No. 2 Propaganda", Johnny Black, Q Magazine, 2004
  4. ^ ZTT Records | Claudia Brucken - Combined Archived 20 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 5 May 2012.
  5. ^ Claudia Brücken ¬ History/Experience ¬. Retrieved on 16 February 2013.
  6. ^ Claudia Brücken - Whispering Pines. YouTube (7 December 2012). Retrieved on 2013-02-16.
  7. ^ Deutsche Tourdaten bestätigt! ¬. (10 December 2012). Retrieved on 2013-02-16.

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