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 Namers (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.
- Geography (1982)
- No Comment (1984)
- Back Catalogue (1987)
- Official Version (1987)
- Front by Front (1988, the one album featuring "Headhunter")
- Tyranny (For You) (1991)
- Live Target (1992, live album)
- 06:21:03:11 Up Evil (1993)
- 05:22:09:12 Off (1993)
- Live Code (1994, live album)
- Mut@ge, Mix@ge (1995, remix album)
- Re-Boot: Live '98 (1998, live album)
- Pulse (2003)
- Moments... (2008, live album)
- Transmission SE91 (2013)
Front 242 provides examples of the following tropes:
- Album Title Drop: There's one for Official Version in "Slaughter".
- The Backwards Я: Some of their graphic design work with Cyrillic letters is this, other times it's actual Russian.
- Big Brother Is Watching You: "Circling Overland" describes a dystopia where surveillance aircraft rule the skies. Remind you of what the US DHS is doing today?
- Epic Rocking: "Not Bleeding Red'' by Nothing But Noise, an ambient side project of Front 242, is a total of 96 minutes, and two of the tracks clock over 18 minutes in length.
- They also have a few songs of their own that go into the 7-8 minute range- "Commando Mix", "Masterhit (Parts 1 & 2)" and "Junkdrome" are all good examples.
- Excited Band Name!: фронта! 242
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: Several examples.
- Harsh Vocals: Christine "99" Kowalski on the 05:22:09:12 Off album.
- Hidden Track: On Tyranny (For You), there are 2 minutes of silence after the last track, followed by 2 songs: "Hard Rock" and an alternate mix of "Trigger 2" entitled "Trigger 1".
- Initialism Title: "W.Y.H.I.W.Y.G."
- The Invisible Band: None of their album covers feature any band members.
- Letters 2 Numbers: Played with; their 1993 albums 06:21:03:11 Up Evil and 05:22:09:12 Off, when translating the numbers to their appropriate letters, read Fuck Up Evil and Evil Off respectively.
- 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
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually in the 4-5 realm, with the odd song dropping below that (especially their early, Synth-Pop-ish material) and a decent amount of 06:21:03:11 Up Evil and 05:22:09:12 Off making it to a 6, and also a few occasional songs, such as "Headhunter", which go up to a 7.
- New Sound Album: No Comment introduced the harder EBM sound the band are most known for (after a Synth-Pop-y debut) and even named the genre to boot! Tyranny (For You) had a slightly more textured, layered sound, and 06:21:03:11 Up Evil was harder-hitting, had slightly more guitars and a slight Techno influence. Pulse has distinct Ambient and IDM elements, as well.
- Non-Appearing Title: The majority of their tracks follow this trope. "Special Forces", "Don't Crash", "GVDT", "Im Rhythmus Bleiben", and "Never Stop" are notable exceptions.
- Recurring Riff: The riff from "Until Death (Us Do Part)" reappears as the main melody of "Agony (Until Death)".
- Refrain from Assuming: It's "Welcome to Paradise", not "Hey Poor".
- Surreal Music Video: "Headhunter" and "Tragedy (For You)", both directed by Anton Corbijn.
- Sampling: Used in almost every song.
- Singer Name Drop: "242" shows up a lot in titles and lyrics.
- Spelling Song: "Until Death (Us Do Part)"L-O-C-K
L-O-C-K space T-H-E space D-O-O-R space F-O-R-E-V-E-R
- Trope Codifier: For the the EBM genre.
- Trope Namer: Again, for the EBM subgenre of Industrial.
- Voice Clip Song: "Welcome to Paradise" and "Angst". Incidentally, both sample ranting preachers. Often times, if a song doesn't have any sung lyrics, it uses voice clips.
- Word Puree Title: "Funkahdafi" note
- You Are Number Twenty Three: Richard 23 (a.k.a. Richard Jonckheere).