Never Found in the '80s: Front 242 and 'electronic body music'
It’s time for a little dance tune in this series, so this entry is Belgium’s Front 242. They are referred to as the fathers of electronic body music. Yeah, I wasn’t quite sure what that was either, but according to Wikipedia it “is a music genre that combines elements of post-industrial music, electronic dance music, and synthpunk.”
Not your typical 80s dance music, in fact, you could say it’s quite unusual. Literally. The name of this 1986 release is Quite Unusual. Although they had some success on the U.S. Dance and Modern Rock charts, Front 242 were not the sort of dance band that would be heard on the U.S. Top 40 stations in our favorite decade, but they should have been.
Front 242 formed in 1981 and are still a going concern. They will be appearing at the M’era Luna Festival in Hildesham, Germany in August 2013. Perhaps we’ll get a festival report from Jeff in Cuba. He is in Germany now, right?
- Jim “Dr. Dim” Fitzsimons