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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 Claudia’s husband) tries to play with images and with words — there are so many messages in our lyrics. It’s just a game with words, and I don’t think that’s too difficult to understand.

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

Why do you wear such skimpy clothes on your record sleeve? I just think they suit our image. “Duel” is a very poppy song, and they’re poppy clothes.

Do you buy your underwear from Marks & Spencer? No. My mother sends me new underwear from Germany because I don’t 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 it’s not a problem.

What’s your bedroom like? Well, we’ve got as rented flat at the moment, which was already furnished, so none of the furniture’s ours. It’s in an Old English style, with huge windows and curtains. I’ve got used to it because we’ve been there a year, but we’re trying to find our own flat. I’ve tried to put some personal things in it — loads of flowers, photographs and pictures.

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

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

Do you wish you were a film star? I haven’t thought about it really, I’m concentrating on music. Videos are something I do for the music, and they’re very hard work — 18 or 19 hours a day. It’d be brilliant to be in a film though, I’d love to do it.

What’s your favourite TV programme? Television is difficult for me. I’ve 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, it’s so English. Oh, and The Addams Family — it’s very spooky.

Do you believe in vampires? Well, it’s an interesting subject and I like the films, but no — I don’t.

What’s the biggest difference between England and Germany? You have a Queen and we don’t. Apart from that, the people are different — Germans are more conservative than English people.

Do you understand cricket? Paul watches it all the time, and I’d like to understand it because it looks very interesting, but I can’t. I can’t make snese of the rules at all. Perhaps I’ll get used to it.

Do you get on with your mother-in-law? I don’t see her very often because she lives in Manchester, and at the moment we’re very busy. But we get on well. Paul and my mother get on brilliantly. They can’t talk together at all — my mother can’t speak English, and Paul can’t speak German, but they really like each other. Maybe it’s a good point that they can’t talk to each other!

Will you be going to see Bruce Springsteen? No. I wouldn’t go even if I was given free tickets. He doesn’t deserve his status — it has a lot to do with hype. And I’m not interested in hearing someone sing about being “Born In The USA”.

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