The Front (band)

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The Front
The Front - 1990.jpg
The Front
Background information
Origin Kansas City, Missouri United States
Genres Rock, hard rock, alternative rock
Years active 1984–present
Labels Columbia Records
Associated acts Bakers Pink, Michael Moon, Michael Anthony Franano

The Front is an American rock band, originally formed in 1984 in Kansas City, Missouri, who enjoyed a brief popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Although originally offered a recording contract in 1987 with Sire/Warner Brothers Records; The Front signed an exclusive management contract with Scott and Doc McGhee of McGhee Entertainment; the team behind Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, Scorpions and Skid Row. A bidding war began with The Front ultimately signing with CBS Records in 1989.[1] They released one eponymous, full-length album on Columbia Records, produced by Grammy Award-winning music studio engineer Andy Wallace[2] with two singles released: Fire[3][4] and Le Motion.[5]

Their first release, Fire, peaked at position No. 29 on The Billboard Rock chart in 1990,[2] was a minor radio hit and the corresponding video was in stress rotation on MTV[6] by January 1990. The Front toured the U.S. with many acts of the period including Bang Tango, Jason Bonham, Enuff Z'nuff and Alice Cooper. In the spring of 1990, The Front toured Europe with Lenny Kravitz and headlined dates in Berlin and Düsseldorf, Germany when Lenny returned to the states with throat problems. The Front ended 1990 returning to Europe as a featured artist on the Monsters of Rock Tour with notable headlining acts Aerosmith and Whitesnake.[7] Dates included August 25, 1990 at Dortmund, Westfalenhalle, and September 1, 1990 in Mannheim, Maimarktgegelände Eisstadion.

The Front was the first act to be a featured artist on both MTV's Headbangers Ball and 120 Minutes on the same weekend; essentially the template for alternative rock that would be huge only a couple of years later. The Front also holds the distinction of being the last major artist to release a vinyl 45 rpm record on Columbia Records.[8]

In 1992, The Front and CBS split ways; the band and management believed that The Front were no longer a priority for the label. CBS agreed to let the band move to their sister label, Epic Records, keeping the group in the Sony family. The Front recorded their next record with Producer, Mark Dodson, which was released under the name Bakers Pink, a name change requested by Epic Records.

Band members[edit]

  • Michael Anthony Franano – Lead Vocals, Guitar, B3 Organ, Principle Songwriter
  • Mike Greene – Lead/Rhythm guitars
  • Randy Jordan – Bass guitar/Backing vocals
  • Bobby Franano – Keyboards
  • Shane Miller - Drums

Discography[edit]

The Front, The Front

Albums[edit]

The Front (1989, Columbia Records)

Label: CBS – CK 45260, Columbia – CK 45260
Format: CD, Cassette, Vinyl LP, Vinyl 45
Country: US
Released: 1989
Genre: Rock
International: CBS 466143 1 (LP) and 466143 2 (CD)[10]

The Front - Live In New York City 1990 (2012)
Format: CD, Digital Download
Country: US
Released: 2012
Genre: Rock/Alternative

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