Front 242 ‎– No Comment

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Another Side ‎– SIDE 8420
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Tracklist

Picture Side
A1 Commando Mix 9:23
A2 S.FR.Nomenklatura (1&2) 6:36
A3 Deceit (Behind Your Face) 3:44
Other Side
B1 Lovely Day 5:23
B2 No Shuffle 3:50
B3 Special Forces 5:23

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Notes

On back cover, A2 is spelled "S.FR. Nomenklatura part one & two" and B2 "Special Forcess".
Includes a printed inner sleeve.

© 1984
℗ 1984 Made in Benelux
Electronic Body Music Composed And Produced On Eight Tracks By Front 242
Thanks to Hills Music and Friends

another mask music!

Bpm on sleeve
A1: 115
A2: 130
A3: 150
B1: 130
B2: 125
B3: 130

Distributed in France by New Rose with a pink back sticker :
"New Rose Distribution NR 410"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: SABAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Picture Side, Variant 1): CΛI IVC 8420-A2-C
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Other Side, Variant 1): IΛC IV 8420-B3-C
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Picture Side, Variant 2): 8420-A1 + C   C 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Other Side, Variant 2): 8420-B2 + C  
  • Distribution Code (French Distribution Code On New Rose Sticker): NR 410

Other Versions (5 of 28) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
EK 52404 Front 242 No Comment(CD, Album, RE, RM) Epic EK 52404 US 1992 Sell This Version
MG 1773 Front 242 No Comment(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 1773 Poland 1993 Sell This Version
MK2, MK 2 Front 242 No Comment(LP, Album) Red Rhino Europe, Red Rhino Europe MK2, MK 2 Belgium 1985 Sell This Version
none Front 242 No Comment(6xFile, FLAC, EP, RE, RM) Alfa Matrix none Belgium 2016
A 001 Front 242 No Comment(LP, Album) Animalized A 001 Germany 1985 Sell This Version

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jonnybexar

jonnybexar

October 23, 2016
This is probably the "rawest" sounding Front 242 album released; the reason for that is based in the technology behind the album. Front's previous album (Geography), was grounded in using instruments that had been around for a while (analog synthesizers, modular equipment, spring reverb machines, tape machines, analog drum machines), so they had the chance to build on their sound, and spend time developing it (you can hear evidence of this in the deluxe edition of Geography). No Comment was Front's first effort into new technological territory that would be the mainstay of their sound for the rest of their career (sharp FM synthesizers, digital drum machines, digital effects, and heavy samples). Two incredibly influential instruments became available between their first and second album; The Emu Emulator II digital sampler (a follow-up to the Emulator I, which had to constantly be serviced due to design flaws, the II was the first stable and truly usable affordable digital sampler), and the Yamaha DX7 (or variations of this synth, as many were released, and many were used by Front 242), these two technologies; FM synthesizers and digital samplers became directly associated with their music and related types "Electronic Body Music" for decades to come. Listening to early works like "No Comment" next to works like "Front by Front" show you the level to which they mastered that technology in a very short period. No Comment tends to have a lot of almost sloppy samples and very redundant rhythmic lines, at times sounding more live and improvised than rehearsed, both the technologies mentioned had only just become available within the last year, so it is likely that they were so inspired by the new instruments that they rushed out the material to showcase their changed sound and new efforts. Some of the tracks such as "Commando Mix", and "Nomenklatura I & II" sound and feel like a live improve performance, missing any typical musical structure, and going on for extreme periods of time (both sets of tracks time in at over nine minutes each), while others sound more like demo versions of tracks that would be released again on later releases (No Shuffle was released again on the Politics of Pressure EP, with a much more polished and developed sound). Tracks like “Deceit” and “Lovely Day”, sound more like an homage to the sound they had developed on Geography but done in the style of the new technology they were using, while the closing track “Special Forces” sounds like it could just as easily have been a continuation of the recording session of “Nomenklatura I & II”. This album tends to be a fan favorite though, possibly based in how raw it comes across. They would not end up releasing another full-length studio LP until near the end of the eighties with “Front by Front”, by that point having all but completely mastered the technology that they had begun with on “No Comment”, and even leading them to having their largest hit in their career with "Headhunter". This album tends to have a unique sound because the approach was unique, working with so many new technologies and entering musical regions that had not yet been crossed. Their sound would stay consistent until the release of “Tyranny for You”, where it once again evolved with new and fresh technology and the musical influence of “techno” going on at the time.
Ricdev

Ricdev

July 2, 2016
For me, after all these years, the title "No Shuffle" is always a killer track !