Islington Academy, London— 30 September 2004
For anyone who is a fan of 80s bands OMD and Propaganda, new act One Two featuring Paul Humphreys and Claudia Brucken are a compelling prospect. This first ever live appearance came on the back of having released their debut single online—
For the most part, the decidedly partisan audience were well rewarded. All promotion of the event made it clear that One Two would be performing select titles from both OMD and Propaganda’s extensive combined back catalogue. Indeed, the number of One Two songs was outnumbered by the oldies. Given that One Two are still in their embryonic stage and have few finished songs they can yet perform, this resulted in an evening of high nostalgia and wistful memories of the exciting early 80s UK music scene (memories of, in particular, me seeing OMD in Manchester in the mid 80s came flooding back).
Its difficult to fairly judge the first One Two material alongside songs by OMD—
Most enjoyable, especially given the bland, characterless venue, was the sheer fun of it all. With no support act, this was wall to wall OMD and Propaganda fans hoping to hear some of their favourite songs; and the set delivered well. All the Propaganda hits were performed. P-Machinery, Duel and the classic Dr Mabuse—
Supported by a solid live band, there was an impressively relaxed, informal atmosphere to the whole thing. Paul was beaming from ear to ear throughout—