A Secret Wish 25 Years On

Celebrating 25 years since its release, Propaganda’s A Secret Wish has just been reissued with a bonus disc of rarities. Wyndham Wallace confronts their Sturm und Drang.

There were three acts on ZTT at that time: Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Art Of Noise – Morley and Horn's innovative collaboration with arranger Anne Dudley and studio engineers Gary Langan and J. J. Jeczalik – and Propaganda. If Frankie were the garish cartoon gang and Art of Noise the bespectacled nerds in the science lab, then Propaganda were their fearsome, gothic nemesis. And if Frankie's Pleasuredome was the twin-towered palace that ZTT built and Art of Noise's Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise was the air in which they built it, then Propaganda's A Secret Wish was its velvet-lined dungeon, dangerous and erotic.

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10 Responses:

  1. prog says:

    That was delightful.

  2. antabakalj says:

    The maxi-single of P-machinery rocked my world back then.

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  3. autopope says:

    One of my favourite albums of all time.

    (I'll buy pretty much anything that Trevor Horn had a hand in, but Propaganda was special.)

  4. jmtd says:

    Sounds interesting. Never listened. Predictably, unavailable via any digital retailers.

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    • autopope says:

      It's on the iTunes Store (at least, here in the UK). The earlier version of the album is available in mp3 from amazon.com.

      • jwz says:

        They also released "Propaganda: The Video Collection" DVD a couple years ago, but it seems to be out of print already.

        I'm still hoping to someday find a copy (in any medium) of "ZTT: The Value of Entertainment", the ZTT concert film. It was only released on VHS and LD, but there were a couple clips from it on the Propaganda DVD that were great.

      • jmtd says:

        Thanks, I missed the itunes copy. Oh, it turns out I've heard "duel" before, lots in fact, on radio 2 recently.

  5. mattbot says:

    Heh, I never noticed that Paul Morley is one of the monks in the video.