Before electronic music blared from every sub woofer in dance clubs across the globe, there were innovators plagued with the duty of paving the way; Front 242 not only took this job seriously, they did it well. And their show Chicago on October 10, 1987, was no different. Not ones to employ the business-as-usual approach, the Belgian group used “found” sound bites, looped electronic elements, and re-purposed ordinary items for percussion. 1987 brought two albums from the trailblazing outfit, Back Catalogue, a compilation album featuring hit single “U-Men,” and their third studio effort, Official Version. While the industrial outfit may not have been armed with Fender axes or a domineering stage presence, Front 242’s experimental sound and avant-garde slant propelled a budding genre within mainstream earshot while staying true to intent and making some beautiful noise.
Check out their 2011 reappearance at Metro here.