Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 50]

The long-awaited Claudia Brücken/Paul Humphreys album appeared [finally] in 2007

[continued from last post]

With OMD kaput as of 1998 with only catalog projects to fulfill their Virgin contract, there was also the prospect of the Claudia Brücken/Paul Humphreys project that perpetually flew under the radar for long years. It took years before the project even had a name. I haunted Ms. Brücken’s website for info and it was several years after anticipating something…anything, that the name finally was revealed in 2004, along with talk of an upcoming EP. The pair were then called Onetwo and they were the first band to get distribution from a strange eBay division called Übersonik, that distributed music on the eBay platform. Anything goes in the 21st century music business, I guess! It was probably common knowledge that Brücken and Humphreys were a couple from the late 90s through this period, but I’m so clueless, that this salient fact only registered with me years later.

The first fruits of their collaboration appeared in 2004 with an EP called “Item” which was surprisingly tepid. It was a little too mid-tempo for my tastes. It evidenced a polite reserve that gave it a whiff of The Listening Pool more than any previous Brücken project. The presumable big thing on offer here was the song “Cloud Nine” which DM mainman Martin Gore had written with Brücken for the ill-starred third Propaganda album announced in the very late 90s and subsequently abandoned [and for good reason, judging my what leaked out, that even I heard]. I can’t say it was anything I would have written home about. For what it was worth, Gore played guitar on this recording of the song. It would be another three years before any actual album appeared for sale, this time with no eBay involvement. As I recall, I did not immediately purchase a copy owing to the non-thrilling “Item” EP; the least interesting Claudia Brücken release in my Record Cell.

Next: …They took the time to get it right

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4 Responses to Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 50]

  1. Echorich says:

    I agree, the initial EP was little to write home about – safe and soft. But I was anxious for more as Brücken and Humphreys were my focus when they were in their respective bands and this meeting of musical minds HAD to have something more to offer…


  2. “Rock” marriages/couples and collaborative music … it can work out quite well, or horribly … say, there’s probably a book’s worth of great/hilarious/tragic/awful stories on this topic waiting to be written …


  3. Gavin says:

    I have to confess I was disappointed by the OneTwo recordings,for me they were less than the sum of their parts.I feel the same about Claudia’s album with Andrew Poppy,who is one of my favourite artists ever.
    The third Propaganda album was indeed nothing special-lets hope Ma Brücken’s new one with Jerome Froese turns out to be a good collaboration,not heard any teasers yet.


    • postpunkmonk says:

      Gavin – I put the lack of excitement down to the soft synths. Music made on a computer will be ordered and offers the creator maximum control at the expense of chaos and thrills. I recoil at the thought of computers in 1968 as advanced as those of 1988. Think of all of the dull, polite music there would be. I did like the album better than the EP. They were still flogging “Cloud Nine” like some second coming, and it had done nothing for me the first time, but I find there was some sterling work being done in spite of the DAW environment. It was not a Propaganda album. Its aim was altogether more poised. It was a better Humphreys album than anything he had done since 1984.

      So Claudia is working with Edgar’s son?! Who knew?


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