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Title: Propaganda: Duel
Author: Stuart Husband
Source: No 1
Publish date: Apr 20 1985


Since their brilliant debut single ‘Dr Mabuse’ nearly a year ago, Propaganda have had to wait in the shadows while ZTT pushed Frankie’s success to the limits. But it sounds like the wait has done them good. ‘Duel’ is a superbly-crafted song with a melody line that Abba would have been proud of, but containing references to ‘screaming’ and ‘bleeding’ that give the song an atmosphere of unease.

On the flipside there’s ‘Jewel’, a punky-thrash version of ‘Duel’, which highlights the understated intensity of the A-side.

Single of the week.