1234 (Propaganda album)

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1234
Propaganda - 1234.jpg
Studio album by Propaganda
Released May 1990
Genre Synthpop
Length 48:45
Label Virgin
Producer Ian Stanley, Chris Hughes
Propaganda chronology
Wishful Thinking
(1985)
1234
(1990)
Outside World
(2002)

1234 is the second studio album by Propaganda. Released in 1990, Michael Mertens was the only remaining member of the group from their previous album A Secret Wish, though original member Suzanne Freytag made a guest appearance on two tracks, and the album includes some songs co-written by Ralf Dörper. New group members included Derek Forbes and Brian McGee, both formerly of Simple Minds, and vocalist Betsi Miller. The album was produced by Ian Stanley and Chris Hughes, most notable for their work with Tears For Fears in the 1980s. Hughes and Miller would later marry.

The first single from the album, "Heaven Give Me Words", reached the UK Top 40 and also reached #22 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. "Your Wildlife" reached #32 on the U.S. Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart. Both songs were co-written by Howard Jones.[1][2][3] Another single, "Only One Word" (which featured Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour), peaked at #71 in the UK.

The album itself peaked at #46 on the UK Album Chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Vicious Circle" Michael Mertens, Betsi Miller, Derek Forbes, Ralf Dörper 4:54
2. "Heaven Give Me Words" Howard Jones, Ian Stanley, Mertens 5:11
3. "Your Wildlife" Miller, Mertens, Hughes, Stanley, Jones 6:31
4. "Only One Word" Forbes, Mertens, Miller, Dörper 5:51
5. "How Much Love" Mertens, Miller, Forbes 5:51
6. "Vicious" (reprise) Mertens, Miller, Forbes, Dörper 1:36
7. "Ministry of Fear" Mertens, Forbes 7:18
8. "Wound in My Heart" Forbes, Mertens, Miller, Dörper 5:41
9. "La Carne, La Morte E Il Diavolo" Mertens 5:52

Personnel[edit]

  • Betsi Miller - vocals
  • Michael Mertens - keyboards, electronics
  • Derek Forbes - bass guitar
  • Ian Stanley - Fairlight synthesizer
  • Chris Hughes - computer
  • Brian McGee - drums

with:

  • Neil Taylor, Andy Ross, David Gilmour - guitar
  • Ross Cullum - rhythm guitar
  • David Paton, Pino Palladino - bass guitar
  • Jürgen Dahmen - keyboards
  • Andy Richards, Blue Weaver - Fairlight synthesizer
  • Simon Clark - Hammond organ, keyboards
  • Greg Hawkes - synthesizer
  • Mel Collins - soprano saxophone
  • Alan Lee Kirkendale - trumpet
  • Susanne Freytag - voice
  • Howard Jones, Tessa Niles - backing vocals

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