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Title: Personal file: Claudia (Propaganda)


Name: Claudia Brucken

Born: December 12, 1963 in Berchenz, West Germany

Do you understand your sleeve notes? Of course I do. Paul (Morley, ZTT supreme and Claudiaís husband) tries to play with images and with words ó there are so many messages in our lyrics. Itís just a game with words, and I donít think thatís too difficult to understand.

Do you think your record sounds a bit like Blondie? Not at all. Our music is something very different ó you canít compare it with anything else.

Why do you wear such skimpy clothes on your record sleeve? I just think they suit our image. ďDuelĒ is a very poppy song, and theyíre poppy clothes.

Do you buy your underwear from Marks & Spencer? No. My mother sends me new underwear from Germany because I donít have time to look at it. I see her about every second month, and tell her what I need. Anyway, she has the same taste in underwear as me so itís not a problem.

Whatís your bedroom like? Well, weíve got as rented flat at the moment, which was already furnished, so none of the furnitureís ours. Itís in an Old English style, with huge windows and curtains. Iíve got used to it because weíve been there a year, but weíre trying to find our own flat. Iíve tried to put some personal things in it ó loads of flowers, photographs and pictures.

What three courses would you choose for your ideal dinner? Oh no! Well, for a started Iíd choose a very nice pea and mushroom soup, followed by a potato and cheese gratin. For the third course Iíd have mousse au chocolate, thatís my favourite. And good strong coffee afterwards! Iíd cook my ideal meal for myself, although usually Paul does the cooking because Iím so busy in the recording studio. Heís been a vegetarian for seven or eight years now, and Iíve just started being one. Itís not because of Paul, although itís to do with it ó I like not to eat meat.

Are you religious? No. Iím a Catholic really, but I left the church with my father when I was 14.

Do you wish you were a film star? I havenít thought about it really, Iím concentrating on music. Videos are something I do for the music, and theyíre very hard work ó 18 or 19 hours a day. Itíd be brilliant to be in a film though, Iíd love to do it.

Whatís your favourite TV programme? Television is difficult for me. Iíve been here for a year now, but I have to really concentrate hard to understand it. Paul helps me out. My favourite programme is Dynasty though. I like The Avengers too, itís so English. Oh, and The Addams Family ó itís very spooky.

Do you believe in vampires? Well, itís an interesting subject and I like the films, but no ó I donít.

Whatís the biggest difference between England and Germany? You have a Queen and we donít. Apart from that, the people are different ó Germans are more conservative than English people.

Do you understand cricket? Paul watches it all the time, and Iíd like to understand it because it looks very interesting, but I canít. I canít make snese of the rules at all. Perhaps Iíll get used to it.

Do you get on with your mother-in-law? I donít see her very often because she lives in Manchester, and at the moment weíre very busy. But we get on well. Paul and my mother get on brilliantly. They canít talk together at all ó my mother canít speak English, and Paul canít speak German, but they really like each other. Maybe itís a good point that they canít talk to each other!

Will you be going to see Bruce Springsteen? No. I wouldnít go even if I was given free tickets. He doesnít deserve his status ó it has a lot to do with hype. And Iím not interested in hearing someone sing about being ďBorn In The USAĒ.

Who would you rather go out with ó Bruno Brookes or Gary Davies? Who are they?