Title: Intimate details: Claudia Brucken (Propaganda)
Born: Dusseldorf, West Germany, 1964
What were you like in school? Popular
First kiss: It was perfect.
First job: Market research, ringing people — strangers — and asking their opinion.
Where do you live? A quiet street in North London
Favourite food: Hone made — a well-made potato salad, a beautifully prepared green salad, corn chowder, Japanese, spaghetti eaten at home.
Favourite colour: White through cream
Hobbies: Talking, singing, sleeping, arguing, loving, moving.
Pets: You don’t need a dog when you’ve got a husband.
Breakfast: On average, one three and a half minute boiled egg, two pieces of lightly buttered wholemeal toast sprinkled with chives, fresh orange juice, freshly made filter coffee. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day in many ways; the British don’t understand thing, and rush it badly.
Last book read: Umberto Eco’s The Name Of The Rose — translated from Italian into German.
Musical influences: Marlene Dietrich, Lou Reed, Ravel, Kurt Weill, Beatles
First record bought: A live Marlene Dietrich records.
Favourite records: Velvet Underground ‘Live 1969’; Nico singing ‘Femme Fatale’; Rolling Stones’ ‘Got Live If You Want It’; The Nick Drake Boxed Set; Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’; Sparks’ ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us’.
Songs you would like to cover: ‘This Charming Man’, ‘The Smiths; ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’, The Beatles; ‘Damn Life’, John Cale; All Marlene Dietrich songs.
Least favourite DJ: Too obvious to say — and they are the most sensitive of British people!
Funniest thing ever written about you: Everything I read about me is funny — just to see it written. Especially that I am like Debbie Harry. What an insult — she’s an American for a start!
Phobias: Pornographic films.
Do you like your picture being taken? Certainly by good photographers. The worst make me furious.
Do you drive: Only on the right side of the road. Driving on the left is one of the more stubborn British habits.
Do you believe is astrology? Only when it promises me the world.
What would you change about yourself? I’d get rid of my think tonsils if I had the time.
What makes you laugh: Relief. British television comedy takes some getting used to, but I have been slowly forced into appreciating Fawlty Towers, Tony Hancock and Mel Brooks.
What makes you angry: Mornings. By the end of the year the daftness of the record industry will have made me the angriest.
Two words to describe yourself: Happy and sad.