PROPAGANDA’s ‘A Secret Wish’ is often hailed as a classic album of the electronic era which heralded the advent of sampling and digital synthesis.
More recently, Claudia Brücken and Susanne Freytag have teamed up with producer Stephen J Lipson and have been using social media to introduce their new project named D:UEL; so it was something of a surprise when it was announced that the pair would be playing two London shows performing ‘A Secret Wish’ billed as xPROPAGANDA. Continue Reading ›
With THE ART OF NOISE’s influential and innovative reputation, this live gig was never going to be an ordinary one. The British Library is certainly not your run of the mill venue either and this show was part of ‘A Season of Sound’.
With their reputation as early pioneers of sampling and use of the Fairlight to grab found sounds alongside more conventional drums and synth textures, this reboot of THE ART OF NOISE made a perfect fit to help celebrate the Library’s own collection of audio. Continue Reading ›
First published in 2011, ‘Is That The 12” Mix?’ was author and music aficionado ROB GRILLO’s personal but well-informed history of the 12” single.
In keeping with its story tracing the emergence of the extended remix as an artform in its own right, Grillo has now remade and remodelled his book in a new 2016 version.
Retitled ‘Is That The 12” Remix?’, the new edition features contributions from the likes of Neil Tennant and Rusty Egan as well as more photos and an extra 20,000 words. ROB GRILLO chatted to TEC about why more can mean more… Continue Reading ›
With her distinctive ice maiden delivery, CLAUDIA BRÜCKEN is the undoubted queen of cinematic avant pop. She first came to prominence with PROPAGANDA and the Trevor Horn produced film noir drama of ‘Dr Mabuse’.
Although her catalogue is wide and varied, she is perhaps still very much regarded as a cult figure on the music scene. The Electricity Club offers a twenty track Beginner’s Guide to her work… Continue Reading ›
‘Let's Make Lots of Money: Secrets of a Rich, Fat, Gay, Lucky Bastard’ is the frank autobiography of Tom Watkins, the Pop Svengali best known for managing PET SHOP BOYS, BROS and EAST 17. Co-written with Matthew Lindsay, the title is provocative. But then, Watkins has always been that kind of a personality.
Called “A big man with a loud voice” by Neil Tennant, his high profile as a manager came with a bolshy ability to extract favourable deals, whether it was his various charges or for himself. With his earlier success founding the design agency XL, it could be argued that Watkins helped shaped an era in modern pop. Continue Reading ›