Front 242 is a pioneering Belgian electronic music group that came into prominence during the 1980s. During their most active period they influenced many elektro-industrial and electronic artists. When industrial music developed in England in the mid-1970s with Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle, these groups used electronic instruments, percussion with found objects, and looped samples of "found" soundbites, elements later taken up by Front 242. These techniques can be seen as an extension of the use of electronic sources of sound as musical instruments and percussion with found objects by composer Edgard Varèse. Front 242 was created in 1981 in Aarschot, near Brussels, Belgium by Daniel Bressanutti and Dirk Bergen, who wanted to create music and graphic design using emerging electronic tools. The first single, Principles, was released late in 1981. Although some members now claim that the name does not have a particular meaning, in an early '90s interview on Dutch TV, Daniel Bressanutti said that the '242' part comes from him swearing '242!' instead of 'damn!' when he was youngAlso, the similarities to UN Security Council Resolution 242 have not been lost on those interested in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Perhaps more to the point, after the Second World War 242 Belgian citizens were condemned to death for collaboration with the German occupiers.
01 Front 242 Operating Tracks (3:53) 02 Front 242 With Your Cries (2:59) 03 Front 242 Art + Strategy (2:16) 04 Front 242 Geography II (1:10) 05 Front 242 U-Men (3:17) 06 Front 242 Dialogues (2:06) 07 Front 242 Least Inkling (2:28) 08 Front 242 GVDT (2:57) 09 Front 242 Geography I (2:29) 10 Front 242 Black White Blue (4:17) 11 Front 242 Kinetics (2:16) 12 Front 242 Kampfbereit (3:26)