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[Q1]When did Front 242 take off?
[Q2]What are the names of the members of Front 242?
[Q3]Where can I find Front 242 sites on the web, pressreviews etc.?
[Q4]Are there Front 242 MP3 files available?
[Q5]Where can I find a full discography?
[Q6]What are they up to now?
[Q7]What is the best place to find records, bootlegs, rare stuff?
[Q8]Is there an official fanclub?
[Q8bis]What happened to the Active and Passive fanclub membership that started in 1992?
[Q9]What gear do they use?
[Q10]What happened to [Q10]?
[Q11]Is there a mailing list?
[Q11bis]Can I unsub-scribe?
[Q12]How many versions are there of Re:Boot?
[Q13]What side projects are Front 242's members currently involved in?
[Q14]What about the Art Corporation?
[Q15]Are they (Front 242) Gods?
[Q16]What does the name Front 242 mean?
[Q17]What is it with the eggs in the Headhunter video?
[Q18]What is it about these numbers in the Up Evil and Off albums?
[Q19]How did they get this Fascist thing attached to their name?
[Q20]How many records have they sold in total?
[Q21]Art & Strategy?
[Q22]Do they have kids?
[Q23]Why do they wear sunglasses on stage? Heavy lights?
[Q24]Why is Patrick playing Roland gear on stage now?
[Q25]If they started in 1981, did they use any samplers then?
[Q26]In what films, commercials or radio spots was Front 242's music used?
[Q27]Where did they sample?
[Q28]What's at the end of the Tyranny For <You> CD?
[Q29]Where can I find remixes for Front 242 songs on the web?
[Q30]Can I contact these guys over the net?
[Q31]How come every live song that 242 does is always different. For example.. if I hear "Headhunter" live on one day, and then see them in concert the next day, it will be changed around?
[Q32]What kind of recognition were they awarded, being pioneers, this not always being the most ideal position.
[Q33]Where is RRE and where are Sony in this (Re:Boot) story?
[Q34]In Until Death (Us Do Part), towards the end of the song, it sounds as if J-L is spelling something?
[Q35]What is "1, 1, 20, 29" a reference to, from the song Circling Overland?
[Q36]I'm a real ass so i don't get to understanding the Evil Off tracklist?
[Q37]Who contributed vocals to the track 'Born to Breathe' available on the "Angels vs. Animals" remix album?"
[Q38]What means the sentence "I NOSTRI SOGNI SONO SEMPRE PRESENTI" in the lyrics to "Work 01"?
[Q39]Are there some funny stories from gigs?
[Q40]Who's the preacher in Welcome to Paradise? What's the story?
[Q41]Are there some computer programs, demos or something with any F242 elements?
[Q42]From which groups were they remixed?
[Q43]What 242 goodies are out there?
[Q44]Did 99Kowalski sing whole "cage" scream from "Animal" or is it looped?
[Q45]After the 'Evil' records, there have been numerous rumours about a Front split-up. What's it all about?
[Q46]Who is this 'Mrs van de Veer' on "Operating Tracks"?
[Q47]What do the initials G.V.D.T. (song from the album Geography) stand for?
[Q48]Evil Off - has it or has it not the voice of Jean-Luc De Meyer?
[Q49]Funny remixes, spoofs, anything?
[Q50]Kristin '99' Kowalski and 242?
[Q1] When did Front 242 take off?
A1. Officially, Daniel B. (who had a band called 'Prothese', collaborating on compilation LP's) started with Dirk Bergen some kind of synth/guitar duo in 1981. A first version of "Body To Body" is released on "Principles". In March 1982, Patrick and Jean-Luc (together known as 'Under Viewer', an underground band) join them to record U-Men. Richard (who was into Tranik Ind.) is present but not yet a full member of the group, which he becomes in 1983, the year Geography is released. [Rock This Town special issue 1991]
[Q2] What are the names of the members of
[Q3] Where can I find Front 242 sites on the web,
http://surf.to/front242 with news, history, rare tracks, stuff. (what is this gator popup doin' here?)
http://www.dhennin.com/front242 this site has lots of interviews and also a full biography - very good
http://www.hbci.com/~zeph242/242/ has discography, pics and lots of useful info
http://www6.ewebcity.com/dfence/ has the rants242 HQ
http://home.earthlink.net/~incycle/front242.html has pics, quotes, links, spoofs and kicks
http://dir.yahoo.com/Entertainment/Music/Artists/By_Genre/Industrial/Industrial_Dance/Front_242/ 242 at Yahoo
http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/front242 242 club at Yahoo
http://www.red-team.de/ A German site to surely check out !
http://users.skynet.be/Evil.E/ Evil.E's nice discography page
http://members.xoom.com/andre242/242bws/ Brazilian 242 site
http://www.dmoz.org/Arts/Music/Styles/Industrial/Artists/Front_242 242 at Open Directory
http://www.waste.org/~terje/front242/ the first one, very complete, incl. graphics and lyrics.
http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Network/2420 Target's site
http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Lounge/6934/frontmenu.html Front in Peru
http://tinpan.fortunecity.com/agnetha/261/bands/front242.htm pics from TF<Y>
http://photo.herrebout.com/ has a lots of Re:Boot pics from few Belgian concerts
http://www.front242.de a German 242 site with guestbooks, card service etc.
http://www.inmove.de/review/front/front98.htm has some pics about the 1998 tour
http://www.angelfire.com/co/front242/ has lots of info and some sound snippets
http://home.wxs.nl/~edwinp/front242/front242.html a dutch 242 page
http://www.msu.edu/user/sebenic2/ some pics
http://users.swing.be/alain.w/index.html a Belgian site
http://www1.tu-chemnitz.de/~jea/foto/gerrit/front/front.htm pics about Re:Boot
http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Studio/9538/Front_242/Front_242.htm from the Autobahn lyrics project
http://www.pi.net/~edwinp/front242/front242.html the Dutch 242 site
http://www.obscure.org/~vlad/lyrics/front.242.html some lyrics
http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Underground/6326/ Brazilian 242 site
http://www.megs.com/neworld/sf6.htm some pics from Re:Boot
http://www.front242.ru a Russian 242 site.
http://tinpan.fortunecity.com/agnetha/831/front242/lyrics/index.html 242 lyrics
http://www.efd.lth.se/~d93jp/industrial/lyrics.html a few lyrics
http://www.energy-rekords.se/Pictures/242pictures/242pics.html a 242 pic
http://w1.896.telia.com/~u89603071/skivtexter.htm more lyrics
http://www.kaihawaii.de/f.html some industrial-esque bands
http://www.torget.se/users/s/Synth/front242.htm looks like a bingo
http://users.skynet.be/swerquin/f242.htm Belgian page, also about other EBM bands
http://front242bws.cjb.net/ Brazilian 242 page
"http://users.skynet..be/phicarly/Front242.htm A pictures page, you can even order professional prints of the pics presented
INTERVIEWS & PRESSREVIEWS
http://www.public.iastate.edu/~robw/front242.html interview with Patric C.
http://www.sonic-boom.com/interview/front.242.interview.html interview with Patrick C.
http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Palms/6031/front242.html interview with Jean-Luc De Meyer
http://members.xoom.com/HilpeaTonttu/Front242/242inter.htm Finnish site with a 242 interview
http://www.splendidezine.com/reviews/aug-3-98/front.html 242 at splendid e-zines Re:Boot review
http://www.lastsigh.com/profiles/profile_frontpage.htm Lastsigh magazine about 242
http://www.aracnet.com/~jester/interview/front.242.interview.html reboot review
http://www.industrial-music.com/ib/reviews3/front2421.htm live code review
http://www.chaoscontrol.com/current/Front 242/index.html a re:boot review
http://www.anti.matter.com/front242.html up evil interview
http://www.demon.co.uk/cybase23/f242/242int.html re:boot interview + concert review
http://westnet.westnet.com/consumable/1998/03.04/revfront.html Mut@ge.Mix@ge review
http://www.move-x.be/9810/nl_int1.htm a very good dutch interview
http://www.srd.d.se/snurr/snurrdf/front242.html Swedish review
http://daily.stanford.org/Daily97-98/intermission/INT8-6-98/music/INTfront06.html re:boot review
http://www.wrath.de/cdf.html a few reviews in German
http://www.splendidezine.com/reviews/aug-3-98/front.html a review of Front 242's CD, Re:Boot (Live)
http://www.darkstarorg.demon.co.uk/aint1.htm Patrick Codenys Re:Boot Tour, London, November 1999
http://firstname.lastname@example.org/front242.html Inside FRONT 242 :an interview with Jean Luc De Meyer by: Jorge C. Galban
http://westnet.com/consumable/1998/03.04/revfront.html REVIEW: Front 242, Mut@ge.Mix@ge
http://www.infaction.8m.com/242review.html Front 242 with Project Pitchfork and Crocodile Shop at Irving Plaza, August 12th, 1998
http://crimson-dragon.com/music/TT_242_Pitchfork.html Front 242 August 1, 1998 Baton Rouge, LA
http://www.notam.uio.no/~percf/puls/album/teknologisk/front_242.htm Norwegian review!
BIOS & RESUMES
http://houbi.simplenet.com/belpop/groups/front242.htm at the Belgian POP & Rock archives
http://ubl.com/ubl_artist.asp?artistid=001059 at UBL.COM
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/x.dll?UID=1:44:55|PM&p=amg&sql=B13004 at AMG
http://www.metropolis-records.com/?artists/front242.html at Metropolis records
http://ebm.sikkim.cz/archiv/242.html czech 242 page
http://imusic.com/showcase/modern/front242.html at imusic.com
http://www.hallucinet.com/virtual/front_242.html has some scanned covers
http://home5.swipnet.se/~w-58377/gallery.html has pics of the Front by Front tour 1989
http://industrial.onego.ru/f/front_242/ *again* Russian reviews - looks cool :)
note that some of these sites are in a webring - though broken at various places
[Q4] Are there Front 242 MP3 files
A4. There used to be, until some record company forced the guy to close the archive. So, for now, open your eyes if you like to find some. There are some bootlegs from the Re:Boot concerts on the web but you could also trade tapes (or CDR) with other people (eg. on the mailing list). Through Napster et al. you can also find some. Other useful urls are:
http://www.audiofind.com has 2 cobalt 60, and Motion live [Richard242]
http://www.geocities.com/sunsetstrip/garage/2042/index.html has Front 242 - Im Rhythmus Bleiben - Live Offenbach Stadhalle 3/25/91
http://surf.to/front242 features goodies time by time
ftp://18.104.22.168:21/ has several singles
http://www.efd.lth.se/~d93jp/industrial/audio.html features a few au samples
http://www.tribu.cl/galerias/front242.htm for a few low-fi video's
[Q5] Where can I find a full discography?
[Q6] What are they up to now?
A6. We had 'Still & Raw' and Pulse as the latest EP/album and 242 is poking up here and there for a performance. Also the side projects MorF and Speed Tribe pop up once in a while. There's a re-release of Geography with unreleased material from Alfa Matrix. Richard 23 and Patrick C surface here and there (internationally) with their Coder23 DJ set. So no: they're not dead. Yes you are, shut up. Well I can't bring him with me if he's not dead. But he will be soon. I'm not dead. Well I'm sorry but he needs to be dead for me to pick him up. Boing. OK, he's dead.
[Q7] What is the best place to find
records, bootlegs, rare stuff?
A7. You can try specialised record stores, although you won't find that much there. Venues where (secondhand) records and CD's are sold (like Vinylla Fair in Belgium), are a good way. You can also try several internet (2nd hand) record stores. Or (on request), ask on rants (see Q11) if you want to trade, exchange, sell, organise a scam scam for ;-) bootlegs. See also online auction sites and 2nd hand web record stores (lots to be found through (for example) ebay..
[Q8] Is there an official fanclub?
A8. Yes: It's called Transmission 242. Write to P.O.BOX 1613 // B1000 BRUSSELS // BELGIUM EUROPE. At this time, it's only an address for ordering merchandise, CD's, etc. They will soon have a shop on http://www.front242.com [IRONY].
[Q8bis] What happened to the Active
and Passive fanclub membership that started in 1992?
A8bis. They were 86'ed due to lack of funds (mostly advertising and wholesale) and lack of 242 information. This was established by Thierry (Patrick's brother) and Francoise (the lady who works at Transmission). [Mike Ramirez]
[Q9] What gear do they use?
A9. While most of the information below is obsolete, it might give one a good impression of what they used or still use.
In 1991, the setup was as follows: [Rock This Town special issue 1991]
Live: Backline: Akai S9000; Roland DDR30; Simons & Roland Pads; Emulator II; TASCAM238 8
Graphic Studio: Commodore Amiga 2500 (6Mg + Hard Drive 40Mg); Commodore Amiga 500; Digitizer SNAPSHOT; Camera Sony CCD V-200E; Laserprint NEC Silentwriter LC890; Monitor NEC Multisync 2A.
For the Re:Boot tour; it's rumoured they used Rebirth 1.0 evaluation and final edition and I saw a Nord Rack II virtual analog synth in Ternat. They use an Apple Powerbook to run the sequencer software on. On stage they use a custom made 7 string guitar, a Roland jp 8000 and the Roland virtual drums.
"We're working with two Nord Lead, a keyboard module and a modular module. We'll soon get a Z1 that will replace the Prophecy Korg; so we have a VL, Akai 3200, a Groovebox as many and Wavestations from time to time. Sometimes we switch on an old Oberheim, just to get an pure analogical sound, that's what we're touring with right now." [Patrick Codenys in an interview by Jocelyn Chappaz, Le Miroir d'Encre, 1998]
It's said that Up Evil was recorded on 48 tracks (mixing by Andy Wallace).
[Q10]What happened to [Q10]?
A10. It was sucked up by a big furry bunny!
[Q11] Is there a mailing list?
Q11. OK, there have been some changes lately - the original [242RANTS] mailinglist was stopped for obscure reasons. Fortunately 2 new lists were born at eGroups but then yahoo bought eGroups and now, point your browser at:
Yahoogroups... right blabla zeoidjioergouijer.
The specific mailinglists are at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rants242 or email@example.com - an English speaking community 'all 'bout 242.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/work242 or firstname.lastname@example.org - a French speaking 242 community.
You can apply at these urls. And if you do, please don't whine. Don't post a reply to every damn message that you feel you should agree to. Rants is supposed to be a community, a forum for people that like 242 et al. You can talk about anything, it doesn't have to be 242 or even EBM or industrial. But please keep it decent. Lots of people have lots of different views. They all have the right to express their particular view. And when you don't agree you can start a healthy discussion, no problem. But please don't reply to messages that are intended to start a flame or that are insulting in any kind of way. Just push the delete button on your email client. That's far more than they deserve. Be good, be constructive!
[Q11bis] Can I unsub-scribe?
A11bis. Yes: go to the same page you (were) sub-scribed from instead of bothering the mailing list.
[Q12] How many versions are there of
A12. For Europe, Zoth Ommog released three CD's and one LP. The CD's contain 13 (CD ZOT 242), 14 (CD ZOT 242-L; plus Punish your machine) and 15 tracks (CD ZOT 242-Z). The LP version contains all 15 tracks on 2 disks (Vinyl ZOT 242). There's also a version on MD (Minidisc) available, limited to 500 ex. The American market got 14 tracks from Metropolis on the standard version and 15 tracks on the limited. Each time, the bonus track is 'Motion'. Energy Records from Sweden released 2 CD's, both with all 15 tracks (ERCD 242) and (ERCD 242L) limited in digipack.[Marco Coninx]. There's an Italian version, "FRONT 242: Re:Boot '98 (Italian version including 3 extratracks)" (MHCD036 - CD) on Minus Habens Records, which has Punish Your Machine, Motion and a (second) exclusive version of Religion. [Ivan Iusco] And finally, a UK release was done by Iris Light Records. It has the 15 Tracks of the CD ZOT 242-Z.
[Q13] What side projects are/were Front
242's members (currently) involved in?
A13. Jean-Luc De Meyer is now again involved in his own group Cobalt 60 (was terminated, but ressurected, new album should be on its way), is enjoying himself with C-Tec, the former Cyber-Tec, and featured on a Birmingham 6 and Bigod 20 CD's. Richard 23 made the 'Free Tyson Free EP' and has released a rather commercial track called 'Is this love' as 'Latchak'. Daniel B. and Patrick Codenys have their own studio management 'business' and are busy with projects like NUDE and MorF. Male-or-Female 'MorF' released a few albums with strange stuff. They were both working on a project called 'Grisha Zeme' which they have been saying for some years now, will be minimalistic industrial. For now they released some remixes of other bands under that name. But it seemed MorF sucked it all up. Patrick is (was?) supposedly working on a "song-oriented" album with a female singer (circa 1995).
R23 was, in another life, a member of the Revolting Cocks, the indecent weekend passtime band of Al Jourgensen of Ministry. He participated to the album Big sexy land. He also appeared in a Ministry song, "The nature of love".
According to [Norman Narvaja]: <male or female> as an audio/visual collaboration between Daniel B. and music video director Rod Chong, circa 1995. Only a few interactive press kits were sent out regarding it and there were two "performances" in Europe of that project. There is a <male or female> track available on a german compilation called "Future Noir" on a label called Nova Tekk.... It's a sister label to Offbeat records <FLA, Download>. The track is called "Woofer".
Patrick C and Richard 23 have a DJ-set called Coder23 with international performances.
[Q14] What about the Art Corporation?
A14. The ART CORPORATION was established in mid eighties by Dirk Bergen and Geert Alaerts. From the very beginning up till today the computer is their medium and means of expression. Through this medium is squeezed out the collection RIGOR MORTIS suggestion the precariousness/fugacity of beauty, a metamorphosis of the original picture. With JUOTONES the reality of the original photograph is respected although the design is altered for the medium of serigraph. These images perfectly illustrate the evolution and possibilities in the computer graphic industry. The collection MILITARIA (1995-1996) reflects this technical evolution. The basis for the more recent collection INDONESIA are pictures from Indonesia in the twenties and girls in the nineties. For the ART CORPORATION the initial vision is unchanged: simple, catchy graphic art. The CD, produced by Daniel B. is to complement the graphic material. The music invites the spectator to observe more consciously the exhibited art. The attentive watcher-hearer will find a common theme between image and sound. [Transmission 242 August 1997 - Transrelease 02]
[Q15] Are they (Front 242) Gods?
A15. Well, you see, religion is a free issue so everybody should decide for him/herself whether these 4 lads are gods. Fact is, that they represent a certain artistic idea which is their own and which might be appreciated by others. This applies to all bands. So, if you're on the mailing list and keep jabbering about this or that group being the best, being better than or even accusing them of being gods, well please back off. It's personal, stupid!
[Q16] What does the name Front 242 mean?
Q16. It doesn't mean anything. It has nothing to do with the Worldwar II front number 242 or the U.N. Resolution 242 that deals with an issue between Palestina and Israel or... They were just looking for a strong name, which could be easily translated into various languages. [Daniel B. in an MTV interview with the release of 06:21:03:11 Up Evil]. "Patrick said to me once that even if it's totaly random, they wanted to have letters and numbers. So a day Daniel B saw on a box 242 in big letters and they then adopted the number." [Dimitri Della Faille]
[Q17] What is it with the eggs in the
Q17. Anton Corbijn, the Dutch photographer who directed the clip: "I can't remember exactly why." The group had sent him the music but hadn't read the script in advance. When they were taking the clip, they started to get worried and asked him: "You do know that the title of the song is 'Headhunter', do you?" Nevertheless, they liked it and decided to go along with it for the video. [MTV interview with the release of 06:21:03:11 Up Evil and Rock This Town special issue 1991]
[Q18] What is it about these numbers in
the Up Evil and Off albums?
Q18. Just replace the numbers by the according letters of the alphabet and you have the real titles. For more info on certain dubious 242 things, see http://www.front242.com.
[Q19] How did they get this Fascist
thing attached to their name?
A19. Journalists who misunderstood their performances. Read below the official disclaimer;
"The group Front 242 would like to reaffirm that its members are totally opposed to any extreme right-wing ideas, doctrines or ideologies. Front 242 refuse to be associated with fascism, nazism or neo-nazism or any other anti-democratic, extremist tendency of whatever leaning. Front 242 claim their right to freedom of artistic expression and week to explore the moral grounds of their surroundings and our world with integrity and dignity. Points taken out of context can often be misleading; the editing of statement band-members have made in the past and the misinformation presented by certain journalists have contributed to the formation of an untrue and biased image of Front 242. Such intellectually dishonest practices have, amongst other things, lead to concerts being cancelled and damaged the reputation of the band."
[Q20] How many records have they sold in
A20. Whilst that is the least of anyones interest, it's rumoured that up to this time, they must be over 4 million sold records.
[Q21] Art & Strategy?
Q21. Art & Strategy was founded in 1992 to do the artwork around the Front 242 music. There were also a couple of exhibitions in Chicago and New York under that name and an art book with an exclusive CD. Secondly, it is also the name of their own studio in Aarschot.
[Q22] Do they have kids? Are they
married? Do they go to church? Are they Cat/alco-holic? Do they
sometimes swim naked in ponds?
A22. Yes. All of that and more! PS Jean-Luc likes watching the mice that populate his appartment
[Q23] Why do they wear sunglasses on
stage? Heavy lights?
A23. The thing (joke?) behind this was that whilst wearing sunglasses on stage, they couldn't be recognized on the street, without them. As they say, they've always hated the Hollywood stardom and this is their way of disguising themselves. Other stars put on sunglasses to be left alone, they put them off. Other sources say that it was to hide them being human, keeping the music cold. [Sam 213]
[Q24] Why is Patrick playing Roland gear
on stage now?
A24. Well, Roland did something they almost never do: sponsoring a band. But 242 seemed important enough to be used as a promotional tool. Not only that Patrick is playing on a Roland keyboard, the Roland V-drums are also on stage. So just see the Re:Boot tour as a huge promotion for these (new) Roland goodies.
[Q25] If they started in 1981, did they
use any samplers then?
A25. In those early days, samplers were either hand made by 'electro-engineers' or dreadfully limited and very expensive. In the early years, sampling was done by manipulating tapes, as was the habit in most studio's (eg. Commando Mix, No Shuffle, ...). It's only with Official Version that they started using samplers, notably the Emulator II, which Patrick got from his parents when they won the lottery. They wanted to buy him a car instead...
From an interview with JLDM: "The song GVDT, from the Geography album, uses what is now known as a sample that says "What's wrong?" followed by the sound of rewinding audio tape. Then the sample is heard again. Was a tape recorder used as an early kind of sampler?" JL: "Exactly. We used our first real sampler about two years later."
[Q26] In what films, commercials or
radio spots was Front 242's music used?
The German TV station RTL used the "Religion" remix from The Prodigy (to be more precise: they used the Trance U Down Mix from the CD Mut@age.Mix@age) for a news commercial in German cinemas - btw: The commercial was perfectly synchronized to the music... [Pascal Finette]
A cover version (very close to the original one) was used as a background music for a car pub in France: Citroen XM. We were able to hear that tune whilst a horse, then a military tank, and finally the car were crossing a living room. [Julien Dhennin] [Sam 213]
Single white female: Rhythm of time, clip [Sam 213] We can hear and see the video for "Rhythm of time" during the movie: "Jeune femme partagerait appartement". In fact, a wife is attached on a chair, she's prisonered... and can only watch TV... so, she turns on a music channel: and put the sound very loud, to alert the neighbours. The music on the telly is Rhythm of time...![Julien Dhennin]
La 5 (french tv channel): Moldavia used for the news. [Sam 213] A remix of Neurobashing (made by the band itself) was used as a jingle for "La Cinq". Thierry Codenys said to me. [Julien Dhennin]
MTV used the Trance U Down remix of Religion in a fashion shop, called Stylissimo in 1997. [Marco Coninx]
At the beginning of the film Doom Generation, some songs are played at a nightclub, one of them is the JG Thirlwell 'Pussy Whipped Mix' of Religion. It's not on the soundtrack of the movie. [Marco Coninx]
MTV had around 1993 a commercial about new-sounding groups, with clips from the clip for Tragedy <For You>, Richard throwing some vegs in the shopping cart. [Marco Coninx]
MTV-europe used the beginning of "Crushed", mixed with "Skin fur Coat" in a jingle some years ago. [Chris & Kris]
In the daily World Cup soccer/football '98 reports they used an entire Headhunter remix just to show nasty tackles all framed on the lyrics , was pretty neat and well synced. [Geert 'Sorex/WOW' Verschueren]
In an action thriller "Straight Shooter", Germany, 1999, with Dennis Hopper, almost at the beginning of the movie there is a scene in a brodel in London. (The character played by Dennis Hopper is the owner of this "club"). Some gogo-dancers / strippers are dancing on stage to the music of Front 242! It's Headhunter 2000 (Spacefrog Remix). It lasts about a minute. [Kai01/W]
There is one minute long version of Religion (Prodigy technoshit trance U down remix) during the battle in a splatter action film called BEOWULF (featuring Christopher Lambert aka Highlander).[Rychlik Martin]
There used to be an MTV programming in Brazil called LADO B ( B Side, meaning to a vinyl format album ) and pieces of the track UNTIL DEATH was played - over 5 seconds only ! - in the opening trailler of the programming.
The intro of "Rythm of time" was used for the jingle of the -flash information- in 1991 on an old french tv channel (La Cinq)[Khťmara Yos]
Now an then, you can hear music from Evil Off as background music on emissions of the Belgian VRT TV station (Flemish).
[Q27] Where did they sample?
A27. See the sample sources page. Take a look at http://www.sloth.org/samples/samples.html. or for a direct link go here
[Q28] What's at the end of the Tyranny
For <You> CD?
A28. "There is some confusion over what is at the end of Front 242's album TYRANNY FOR YOU. According to Transmission 242 originally, the songs were called simply 'Bonus Track I' and 'Bonus Track II'. However, upon further prodding, they replied that the pieces do have titles. The first one is called 'Hard Rock'. The second one, according to the letter received, is called 'Trigger 3'. However, it is believed that this is a misprint, and instead it should be called 'Trigger 1', because the band had released a (longer) song also called 'Trigger 3' on one of their TRAGEDY remix EPs." [from the The Industrial FAQ, periodically published on the following newsgroups: rec.music.industrial, rec.music.info, news.answers, rec.answers]
[Q29] Where can I find remixes for Front
242 songs on the web?
http://www.ping.be/hv/dnf - my page, has the 'Andrea - Headhunter Remix'
http://www.waste.org/~terje has some Amiga style modules
http://www.ping.be/hv/dnf/242.zip has the 242.MOD mix from Moldavia/Neurobashing/DSMO1-3. Thanks to [Champailler Stefan]
http://dust.net/front242/ has a Grisha Zeme remix
http://surf.to/front242has each week another rare track available
And on http://www.front242.com/modem:"Modem Angels", a remix tribute to Front 242 by fans, limited to 242 pcs.
http://dnf.herrebout.com contains some of my 242 remixes in the sounds page
http://www6.ewebcity.com/dfence/ has a no shuffle remix
http://www.geocities.com/doktorboring/digital.html the infamous DrB remixes
http://mp3.kiddingkurrys.com/F242Covers/ Sam213 Kiddingkurrys mixes
again, there's some stuff you can find with filesharing programs...
[Q30] Can I contact these guys over the net?
A30. No, they're not technologically impaired. But could you imagine how many e-mail they would get from throughout the world if their e-mail adresses would be made public. You can always go through the fanclub or the website. But mind you: they're very busy people and have very little time to answer the next wave of questions like 'when will there be a new album' etc.
If you ask kindly on the mailing list, you might get the e-mail for Kristin '99' Kowalski, the chick from Evil Off (no, not the one on the cover).
[Q31] How come every live song that 242
does is always different. For example.. if I hear
"Headhunter" live on one day, and then see them in
concert the next day, it will be changed around?
A31. 242 is known for having a powerful live show, and one of these interesting reasons is that Daniel B. (at the soundboard) likes to screw around with the songs a bit. You can hear him always fiddling around with the vocal sampler and adding samples/sequences and deleting them. This is all done from a Powerbook that Daniel runs during the show. [Mike Ramirez]
[Q32] What kind of recognition were they
awarded, being pioneers, this not always being the most ideal
They had the chance to play at the Lollapalooza festival. (1993)
They had recognition in "Wit-Lof from Belgium, 40 jaar popgeschiedenis in BelgiŽ, by Gust De Coster and Geert De Bruycker, 1990, BRT Brussel, p135-137". In this kind of dictionary, Front are said to be very great! [Julien Dhennin] They also get a great comment in "ROCK OVER BELGIUM", a book about music in Belgium.
"BIG in Belgium, het verhaal van de Belgische pop", by Jan Delvaux, 1997, Hadewych/Studio Brussel, pg. 56-58 and several references to Front 242, concerning upcoming electronic music, new beat, major labels, etc. throughout the whole book. [Kris Beyens]
They got mentioned in "Black Book - De dag dat het zonlicht niet meer scheen - Wave in BelgiŽ", by Het Collectief vzw, 1999. Ed. Boogie cd store. pg. 39-47. [Kris Beyens]
Each time they go on stage, they get their biggest award, from their audience. Btw; as it seems, they were asked for the Re:Boot tour by others; i.e. a lot of people wanted to book them for festivals, gigs, even raves. In the US, they had planned to perform only on 5 dates, but the demand was so high they went for the whole thing of 27.
[Q33] Where is RRE and where are Sony in this (Re:Boot)
A33. As for Sony, it seemed they (the white collars at Sony) couldn't cope with the artistic freedom front members needed. As for RRE, Red Rhino Europe, a subsidiary of PIAS (Play It Again Sam), there must be a dispute with PIAS about money they didn't get. [Daniel B. in Side-Line nr. 23]
[Q34] In Until Death (Us Do Part),
towards the end of the song, it sounds as if J-L is spelling
A34. L-O-C-K space T-H-E space D-O-O-R space F-O-R-E-V-E-R.
[Q35] What is "1, 1, 20, 29" a
reference to, from the song Circling Overland?
A35. The date on which the song takes place.
[Q36] I'm a real ass so i don't get to
understanding the Evil Off tracklist?
A36. Ok, it's really simple: the first three songs are on the first line, divided by a slash.
[Q37] Who contributed vocals to the
track 'Born to Breathe' available on the "Angels vs.
Animals" remix album?"
A37. Eran Westwood, a New York based musician and studio technician. He formed the group Spill with 99 Kowalski and John Dubbs and came to record a project in the Front 242 studios but never released anything of that. They did vocals for Evil Off and Angels vs. Animals.
[Q38] What means the sentence "I
NOSTRI SOGNI SONO SEMPRE PRESENTI" in the lyrics to
A38. It means "Our dreams are always present" [Ivan Iusco]
[Q39] Are there some funny stories?
[Q40] Who's the preacher in Welcome to Paradise? What's
A40. It's Farrell Griswold, he also appears on 'Angst' from Official Version. Take a look at the Sample Sources page at Q27 to see all the copycats that sampled from the same source. There is some confusion about this, cause other sources say it's tele-evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, who had to ask forgiveness en plein public for obscene behaviour with a prostitute, only few months after the release of the song 'Welcome to Paradise'. [from the Humo Interview of 25 November 1997 by Gert van Nieuwenhove]
[Q41] Are there some computer programs,
demos or something with any F242 elements?
http://www.themeworld.com/ has a 242 theme for MS plus; http://www.themeworld.com/cgi-bin/redir.pl/front242.zip
There's one demo on PC called Robotnik - at the end, there's written the sentence "Punish your machine". Well, I don't know if this has anything to do with F242 since "punish your machine" is the technique for helping people to shake off the fear from computers.
You should know Tremor - it's one of the most nasty viruses ever created, and it's quite interesting that its creator was F242 fan! See this portion of F-Prot's info about Tremor: The activation routine is executed if another program tries to use the interrupt 15h, after which Tremor clears the screen and displays the text . "T.R.E.M.O.R. was done by NEUROBASHER / May-June '92, Germany, -MOMENT-OF-TERROR-IS-THE-BEGINNING-OF-LIFE-". The sentence "Moment of terror is the beginning of life" has been borrowed from FRONT 242, a Belgian techno/industrial band. The sentence is printed on the inner envelope of their Front-By-Front album. Neurobashing is one of their songs.
Another two viruses from the author of Tremor with 242
themes - the first is called Nightfall (or N8fall) and
displays the message:
Invisible and silent - circling overland :
\\\\\\ N 8 F A L L ///
Rearranged by Neurobasher - Germany
\"Any means necessary for survival\"
<* N8FALL/2XS *
\"By the perception of illusion we experience reality\"
Art & Strategy by Neurobasher 1994 - Germany
\"I don\'t think that the real violence has even started yet\"
The second is Neuroquilla with the message:
HAVOC by Neurobasher\'93/Germany
In the Amiga days, there was lots of 242 in demos etc. http://wuarchive.wustl.edu/pub/aminet/ will bring you these goodies, like the Fairlight 242 Amiga demo.[Peter Adams]
[Q42] From which groups were they remixed?
A42. The Orb, J.G. Thirwell, KMFDM, The Prodigy, Rico Conning, Underworld, Space Frog, Apoptygma Berzerk, Funker Vogt, Aqualite, Frontline Assembly, Suspicious, Xingu Hil, Haujobb, Empirion, Leaether Strip, Substanz T, Beefcake, Resistance D., The Gallan Pixs, Noisex, Doug Laurent [Freddy Krueger], D'n'F, Talla 2XLC, [Peak], Project-X, Childrin Within (to be found on the Golden Master edition of Headhunter 2000), Mike & B (on the Bonzai Records version of Headhunter 2000), Razormaid (made the Welcome To... Headhunter remix, released on Anniversary 6.5 and a remix of Rhythm Of Time by Warren Sanford, released on Razormaid 10.5), Mike Wertheim for Twitch Records (remix of Religion, released on Twitch CD#8) [Marco Coninx], "Mike's & B's Generator Mix" by Dirk M.I.K.E. Dierickx & DJ Marnix B. This mix is on the Headhunter release from Lighting Records. [Dhennin], Blind Vision, Birmingham6 / Filter Section (released on the Cyberlab 2.0 from SideLine).[Henrik Jensen]
A lot of the remixes go back to Headhunter, which is a pity. There's a lot more good material from 242 available to put in the blender.
[Q43]What 242 goodies are out there?
[Q44] Did 99Kowalski sing whole "cage" scream from "Animal" or is it looped?
A44. It's a loop and a delay. [Patrick Codenys, thanks to Susan Jekarl]
[Q45] After the 'Evil' records, there
have been numerous rumours about a Front split-up. What's it all
A45. As a matter of fact nobody ever left the band F242.... In 1993, Jean-Luc DeMeyer (singer-lyricist) got a lot of sentimental problems and his writing was not easy. We asked the Pauly Brothers to help on some lyrics. The Pauly Bros. played in a Belgian band called "Parade Ground" (a JoyDivisionesque kind of band) [Patrick Codenys, thanks to Susan Jekarl]
Also, on an early 242 song 'Don't Crash', the lyrics were written by Valerie Steele. All other words (post Geography) are by J-L.
[Q46]Who is this 'Mrs van de Veer' on
A46. It is the name of a woman in the movie "Wolves" who inspired the lyrics of the track. [Jean-Luc Demeyer, from an interview by Julien]
[Q47]What do the initials G.V.D.T. (song
from the album Geography) stand for?
A47. Guido Van Den Troost, the first one to have aired one of our tracks on the radio... [Jean-Luc Demeyer, from an interview by Julien]
[Q48]Evil Off - has it or has it not the
voice of Jean-Luc Demeyer?
A48. "I didn't do anything on Off. But, there are some remix from Up Evil, you may find in some places my voice remixed... I've only listened to this album one time, when it was released." [Jean-Luc Demeyer, thanks to Julien]
[Q49]Funny remixes, spoofs, anything?
A49. You can find some spoofs of 242 lyrics at http://home.earthlink.net/~incycle/identitycrisis.html/interests/front242rantsong.html (temporarily down)
There's a nice Jean-Luc page at http://listen.to/my.own.material. Thanks to Cristian Colliander
[Q48]Kristin '99' Kowalski and 242?
A50. As the story goes, Kristin Kowalski and Eran Westwood, both members of the New York based band 'Spill', were at the Art & Strategy studio's at the 'Evil Off' composing era (to produce their own album, which never got released, anyway). 242 used both their voices on Evil Off. Kowalski brings the songs she did with 242 live on stage, sometimes. Thank you [Seth Popham]