ZANG TUMMM TUMB ARTICLES “the first draft of history”

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: Home 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 dont need a dog when youve 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 dont understand thing, and rush it badly.

Last book read: Umberto Ecos 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 Wonders ‘Superstition; Sparks ‘This Town Aint 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 — shes 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? Id 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.