For the celebration of their 35th anniversary year of existence in 2016, Belgian electronic music pioneers FRONT 242 decided to re-release several of their albums together with Alfa Matrix, their partner in crime over the last 15 years now… These remastered versions showcase FRONT 242’s innovative and unmatched sound in the best audio quality made possible by today’s audio technology.
For the occasion of the re-release of the “No Comment + Politics Of Pressure” album, FRONT 242 also decided to release a deluxe collector box edition of “No Comment”. The vinyl-sized carton box features a military camouflage design with a spotted varnish printed FRONT 242 logo and a die-cut “4” across the upper cover (when assembled with the two other limited collector box sets released for the anniversary series, you get the “2-4-2” cut across the 3 box sets).
The “No Comment” anniversary collector box is strictly limited to 1242 copies and includes the following items:
- 1 x FRONT 242 “No Comment + Politics Of Pressure” Double-LP (gatefold black 180 gr double vinyl)
- 1 x FRONT 242 “No Comment + Politics Of Pressure” – carton sleeve CD (with “No Shuffle V2” as a bonus track)
- 1 x FRONT 242 the “No Comment” bonus EPCD (carton sleeve EPCD) – An exclusive 6-track bonus EPCD featuring rare and special live and vintage recordings and other alternative versions of good old classic FRONT 242 songs, including ACURACK’s remix of “S.FR. Nomenklatura”.
- 1 x FRONT 242 « live 1 » (carton sleeve CD) Hamburg 87 . official version. A professionally mixed exclusive 14-track live recording from the band’s concert in Hamburg – Germany in 1987.
- 1 x FRONT 242 lanyard (white & black print on red)
- 1 x « No Comment » laminated live pass
- 2 x Wax Trax! serigraphy prints (315 mm x 220 mm)
- 2 x FRONT 242 photo cards (190 mm x 260 mm)
- 1 x “No Comment” poster (315mm x 315mm)
- 1 x “Politics Of Pressure” poster (315 x 220 cm)
- 1 x V/A – Sounds From The Matrix 18 (carton sleeve CD) (A bonus Alfa Matrix label compilation featuring a selection of 18 label mates of FRONT 242)
Just like they did it back in 2004 with “Geography”, FRONT 242 now re-release their second classic release “No Comment + Politics Of Pressure” in a fully remastered version by Daniel B.
“No Comment” and “Politics Of Pressure” were originally released in 1984 and 1985, at a moment when FRONT 242 reached its full force line-up made of Daniel B., Patrick Codenys, Jean-Luc De Meyer and Richard “23” Jonckheere; and really started attracting true cult-following. They had become the solid leaders of the newly born “electronic body music” movement in reference to their high-tech and hard edged electronic punk dance music. They were also shaping their today cult image as a high energetic powerful live-act dressed in military outfits ready to conquer the world and become one of the most popular underground bands for the many years to follow…
Songs like the new hits ”No Shuffle”, “Commando Mix” or yet ”Funkhadafi” definitely cemented their reputation as the leaders of cutting edge of the experimental industrial dance scene, combining political sound samples, heavy sequencing and aggressive electro beats. Just like their lead singer Jean-Luc De Meyer once explained it: “We don’t want to say anything to the people. We just take samples from the world around us, the news, television, movies, the street…We act as a reflection of what’s happening and what’s interesting in the world.”… FRONT 242’s music was never created as a way to convey a message, but rather serve as an artistic observation of things around all of us!
Since day one, FRONT 242 have always been employing the use of the most current technology available to keep their music fresh, groundbreaking and up to date, non-stop pushing their sound to its logical extreme. The unique cold and synthetic brand of electronic dance music displayed on “No Comment” and “Politics Of Pressure” instantly became the band’s signature sound for the following decades… It’s a true sensational pleasure for the ears rediscovering these great classic tunes in their fully remastered versions, reminding us how this second album firmly placed the group as a major driving force of electronic music for the many years to follow.
“No Comment + Politics Of Pressure” Double-LP (gatefold black 180 gr double vinyl)
- S.Fr. Nomenklatura <1&2>
- Lovely Day
- No Shuffle
- Special Forces
- Don’t Krash
* A carton sleeve CD version of this album is also included in each Vinyl with exactly the same track-list as featured on the Digipack CD edition (with “No Shuffle V2” as bonus track).
“No Comment” bonus EPCD (carton sleeve EPCD)
An exclusive 6-track bonus EPCD featuring rare and special live and vintage recordings and other alternative versions of good old classic FRONT 242 songs, including ACURACK’s remix of “S.FR. Nomenklatura”.
- S.FR. Nomenklatura (BBMurdermix.14 by ACURACK)
- Body To Body (V2)
- In November (live)
- See The Future (live)
- Special Forces (demo)
- Take One (live Chicago)
“Live 1” (carton sleeve CD) Hamburg 87 . official version
An exclusive live recording from the band’s concert in Hamburg – Germany in 1987.
- Intro/Agressiva (live)
- Rerun Time (live)
- Masterhit (live)
- No Shuffle (live)
- Body To Body (live)
- Television Station (live)
- Don’t Crash (live)
- Lovely Day (live)
- Funkahdafi (live)
- Red Team (live)
- Quite Unusual (live)
- WYHIWYG (live)
- Slaughter (live)
- Commando Mix (live)
V/A – Sounds From The Matrix 18 (carton sleeve CD)
A bonus Alfa Matrix label compilation featuring a selection of label mates of FRONT 242.
- MILDREDA . erazor
- ACYLUM . venom
- VENAL FLESH . emulgent disfigurement (THE PSYCHIC FORCE remix)
- ELM . wapenrustning (new school mix)
- MONDTRÄUME . still beating
- AIBOFORCEN feat. Mari Kattman . tears (radio edit)
- AESTHETISCHE feat. Mari Kattman . blue print (oceanic chill mix)
- XMH . dream
- ELEKTROKLÄNGE . mekanikarudansu (edit)
- NÖVÖ . the shortwaves
- PROZIUM . set !t 0ff
- CIRCUITO CERRADO . what’s your emergency?
- AENGELDUST . suicide bomber
- TOTEM OBSCURA . eisenman (short cut)
- SIVA SIX . to the light
- LLUMEN . lux aeterna (SIMON CARTER breaks remix)
- DREAM RECALL . in control (C-LEKKTOR remix)
- ESSENCE OF MIND . the other side (VIGILANTE remix)
Bonus 242 gems & fan-goodies
- 1 lanyard (white & black print on red)
- 1 « no comment » laminated live pass
- 2 wax trax serigraphy prints (315 mm x 220 mm)
- 2 photo cards (190 mm x 260 mm)
- 1 no comment poster (315mm x 315mm)
- 1 politics of pressure poster (315 x 220 cm)