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Title: Propaganda: Dr Mabuse
Author: Peter Martin
Source: Smash Hits
Publish date: 15 March 1984


While a lot of music seems to be taking the soft option these days, ZTT come up with an ideal successor to their last release, Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Relax”. “Dr Mabuse” is bold, striking, exciting and totally enjoyable. It’s all about “selling your soul” with lots of Germanic voices sounding mysterious over a dynamic Kraftwerk-style driving rhythm. Trevor Horn’s production gives it an epic quality, while the German group shroud the whole thing in drama and mystery. Totally over the top, it deserves to be Single Of The Fortnight.