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Music: Front 242
Front 242
One, you lock the target. Two, you bait the line. Three, you slowly spread the net, and four you catch the man!

Front 242 is a Belgian EBM band and the Trope Namer (but not the Trope Codifier) for Electronic Body Music: this term was coined for their 1984 album No Comment.

Their style, EBM, is a subgenre of Industrial that resembles the Darker and Edgier cousin of Synth Pop. "Darker and Edgier Kraftwerk" is a good description. The music itself is punk-like, aggressive and danceable Electronic Music with mostly conventional (verse-bridge-chorus) song structures.

Front 242 member Richard 23 was a founding member of Revolting Cocks alongside Ministry's Al Jourgensen.

Their Crowning Moment of Awesome is generally considered to be their song Headhunter off their album Front By Front. Headhunter is also their Signature Song.

Unfortunately, Front 242 have at times been accused of Nazism. This accusation is severely misplaced.

Front 242 provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Album Title Drop: There's one for Official Version in "Slaughter".
  • The Invisible Band: None of their album covers feature any band members.
  • List Song: "Headhunter" (or at least its chorus) may well count. It's even a numbered list!
    1. You lock the target
    2. You bait the line
    3. You slowly spread the net... and
    4. You catch the man
  • Non-Appearing Title: The majority of their tracks follow this trope. Notable exceptions: "Special Forces", "Don't Crash", "GVDT", "Never Stop".
  • Refrain from Assuming: it's "Welcome to Paradise", not "Hey Poor".
  • Surreal Music Video: "Headhunter" and "Tragedy (For You)".
  • Sampling: used in almost every song.
  • Voice Clip Song: "Welcome to Paradise" and "Angst". Incidentally, both sample ranting preachers.
  • You Are Number Twenty-Three: Richard 23 (a.k.a. Richard Jonckheere).

The FrayCreator/Epic RecordsThe Go-Go's
J.G. ThirlwellIndustrialFront Line Assembly
FraktusMusicians/Electronic IndustrialFront Line Assembly

alternative title(s): Front 242
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