One half of Onetwo is Paul Humphreys, who was one half of acclaimed electro-pop pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), who began their life as an exotic Liverpool item uniquely signed to legendary enigmatic Manchester label Factory Records. OMD took their imaginative ideas about smart, hard synthesizer pop and cunning, artful image into first the British charts, then the European charts, and then right into the American charts.
The other half of Onetwo is Claudia Brücken, who was one quarter of the cult glam-goth electro-group Propaganda, who were formed in Düsseldorf, Germany, the home city of Kraftwerk, from whom they inherited many of their ideas about form, content and image. Claudia then formed Act with underground electronic maestro Thomas Leer, and their first single Snobbery and Decay was a techno- deconstruction of the 80s obsession with style and money followed by their electro-pop album Laughter Tears and Rage. In the early 90s Claudia signed to Island Records and produced with Pascal Gabriel, her solo album Love And A Million Other Things.
Onetwo fuse, blast, combine the epic Teutonic intentions of Propaganda with the charged, atmospheric power of OMD to produce something new, sleek and adventurous.
Formed in 2004, they released a 5 track EP ‘Item’ on there own There(there) label, amongst other outlets. ‘Item’ is an introduction to the sound of Onetwo which features the song ‘Cloud 9’, a rare writing collaboration between Claudia and Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore whose unique guitar style also features on the track. |
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