Propaganda weren't the first or last outfit to usurp said four-syllable moniker, but all ubiquities aside, this Brit four-piece, originally going under another likely band name, The Passengers, deliver quite the sharp ep here, Calling On Moscow, with it's title track taking the cake. Propaganda's approach is fairly pedestrian by today's standards, exuding vague likenesses to The Knack and even the Kinks, not to mention a myriad of like-minded UK power-pop combos of the era. They later released a self-titled album that's free for the taking here.
The comparatively more prolific New Musik hung out on the electro-pop end of the new-wave spectrum, releasing this ep, and four albums. Helmed by one Tony Mansfield (future producer of acts like the B52's and Naked Eyes), New Musik's polished, yet slyly cerebral tack earned them the underground hit "They All Run After the Carving Knife" in 1981 (not included on Straight Lines). If this ep is to your liking, you can learn about, and hear a whole swath of New Musik at this thoroughly excellent location. The aforementioned Continentals ep has been thoughtfully documented right here.
Propaganda - Calling On Moscow ep
01. Two Lovers
02. Cowboys Alone
03. Calling on Moscow
04. Something About You (I Don't Like)
New Music - Straight Lines ep
01. Straight Lines
02. On Islands
03. Living By Numbers
04. Sad FilmsPropaganda: http://netkups.com/?d=eae704c1d915d
New Musik: http://netkups.com/?d=12898a1804e5d