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->''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 TropeNamers (but not the TropeCodifier) 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 DarkerAndEdgier cousin of SynthPop. "DarkerAndEdgier Music/{{Kraftwerk}}" is a good description. The music itself is punk like, aggressive and danceable ElectronicMusic with mostly conventional (verse-bridge-chorus) song structures.

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

Their CrowningMomentOfAwesome is generally considered to be their song ''Headhunter'' off their album ''Front By Front''. ''Headhunter'' is also their SignatureSong.

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

! Discography
* ''Geography'' (1982)
* ''No Comment'' (1984)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum 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:
* AlbumTitleDrop: There's one for ''Official Version'' in "Slaughter".
* TheBackwardsR: Some of their graphic design work with Cyrillic letters is this, other times it's actual Russian.
* BigBrotherIsWatchingYou: "Circling Overland" describes a dystopia where surveillance aircraft rule the skies. [[HarsherInHindsight Remind you of what the US DHS is doing today?]]
* EpicRocking: "Not Bleeding Red'' by Nothing But Noise, an ambient side project of Music/{{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.
* [[ExcitedShowTitle Excited Band Name!]]: фронта! 242
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Several examples.
** [[GratuitousRussian Russian]]: "S.Fr Nomenklatura" I & II. They occasionally stylize their logo "фронта! 242".
** [[GratuitousGerman German]]: The songs "Kampfbereit" and "Im Rhythmus Bleiben"
** [[GratuitousItalian Italian]]: A few brief lines: "I nostri sogni sempri presenti.", "due quattro due"
* HarshVocals: Christine "99" Kowalski on the ''05:22:09:12 Off'' album.
* HiddenTrack: 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".
* InitialismTitle: "W.Y.H.I.W.Y.G."
* TheInvisibleBand: None of their album covers feature any band members.
* Letters2Numbers: 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.
* ListSong: "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
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Usually in the 4-5 realm, with the odd song dropping below that (especially their early, SynthPop-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.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''No Comment'' introduced the harder EBM sound the band are most known for (after a SynthPop-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.
* NonAppearingTitle: The majority of their tracks follow this trope. "Special Forces", "Don't Crash", "GVDT", "Im Rhythmus Bleiben", and "Never Stop" are notable exceptions.
* RecurringRiff: The riff from "Until Death (Us Do Part)" reappears as the main melody of "Agony (Until Death)".
* RefrainFromAssuming: It's "Welcome to Paradise", not "Hey Poor".
* SurrealMusicVideo: "Headhunter" and "Tragedy (For You)", both directed by Creator/AntonCorbijn.
* {{Sampling}}: Used in almost every song.
* SingerNameDrop: "242" shows up a lot in titles and lyrics.
* SpellingSong: "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''\\
''F-O-R-E-V-E-R''
* TropeCodifier: For the the EBM genre.
* TropeNamer: Again, for the EBM subgenre of {{Industrial}}.
* VoiceClipSong: "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.
* WordPureeTitle: "Funkahdafi" [[note]]''Funk'' (German for "radio") + [[UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi al-Gaddafi]] [[/note]]
* [[YouAreNumberSix You Are Number Twenty Three]]: Richard 23 (a.k.a. Richard Jonckheere).
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