Front by Front

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Front by Front
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1988
GenreEBM, industrial
Length36:28
41:46 1988 CD issue
69:37 Epic CD issue
LabelRed Rhino Europe
Wax Trax!
Animalized
Epic
ProducerFront 242
Front 242 chronology
Official Version
(1987)
Front by Front
(1988)
Tyranny (For You)
(1991)
1992 Epic release cover
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Singles from Front by Front
  1. "Headhunter"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Front by Front is an album by Front 242, released in 1988, and has been labelled as "easily one of the greatest industrial albums ever made".[2] The album was reissued in 1992 by Sony Music Entertainment. The song "Headhunter" became an industrial dancefloor hit, accompanied by a music video directed by Anton Corbijn, and has since been subject to over 20 remixes.

Miss Kittin used "First In / First Out" on her mix album A Bugged Out Mix.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Until Death (Us Do Part)"4:30
2."Circling Overland"4:43
3."Im Rhythmus Bleiben"4:14
4."Felines"3:34
5."First In / First Out"3:52
6."Blend the Strengths"3:13
7."Headhunter v3.0"4:45
8."Work 01"3:28
9."Terminal State"4:09
10."Welcome to Paradise v1.0 (CD edition bonus track)"5:18
Total length:41:46
1992 Reissue Bonus Tracks
No.TitleLength
11."Headhunter v1.0"5:01
12."Never Stop! v1.0"3:56
13."Work 242 N.Off is N.Off"5:18
14."Agony" (Until Death)2:43
15."Never Stop! v.1.1"4:24
16."Work 242"6:29
Total length:69:37

Notes[edit]

The 1992 bonus tracks were originally released on the Never Stop! EP, except for "Headhunter v1.0" which was originally released on the Headhunter EP.

Reception[edit]

Front By Front was one of Wax Trax! Records most successful releases selling more than 90,000 units in its first run.[4] The album, and its lead single "Headhunter," elevated the public awareness of EBM and industrial music in the late 1980s.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Frédéric Boebaert – art Direction
  • Greg Calbi – mastering, remastering
  • Alain Verbaert – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. Front by Front > Overview. AllMusic. Retrieved on 1 February 2009.
  3. ^ Miss Kittin - A Bugged Out Mix By Miss Kittin (CD) Discogs. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  4. ^ Smith, Rod (27 Mar 2014). "Wax Trax: An Introduction". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 25 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Dicker, Holly (21 Aug 2018). "Join in the chant: Inside the cult of EBM". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 25 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)