PROPAGANDA. THAT's a teasing, pleasing, more than engaging name for a pop group ensemble. A jumble of boys and girls, slotting their ideas and abilities into a pop group shape. Imagine them as an inverted Abba, an evil Abba – but better!

Propaganda are German. Grown up outside of r'n'r conventions ("We don't live for Elvis" was one giggled admission in an afternoon of many) yet aiming their scheming young anger at the plodding dodo's heart.

In the wake of the Neue Deutsche Welle horrors, there's a tiresome 'cult' fixation rife in Germany. It stems from the No Entry signals sent out by the archly conservative major record companies but is oft covertly complied with by musical groups of limited drive and vision.

Propaganda recognise the reducing effect of cultdom. A nullification of a potentially wider excitement. Propaganda mean/imply a cultured, imaginative assault on the senses, a use of a mass media. No nostalgia or empty rage.

Ralf: "That word has always to do with mass, with a lot of people. But then Propaganda isn't really the name of a pop group because it has a meaning behind it and you don't expect a pop group to have a name with a meaning behind it."

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