Front 242’s entire history was clearly defined from the start when Daniel B. and Dirk Bergen released the first single "Principles" with the hit song "Body to Body” in 1981. In 1982, Patrick Codenys (keyboards) and Jean-Luc De Meyer (vocals) join Front 242 and they release the single "U-Men" followed by the first full-length album "Geography".
This album already displayed the cold, synthetic brand of dance music that would become Front 242’s signature sound in the following years. In 1983, Dirk Bergen left and Richard 23 joined the band as stage performer and vocalist.
The band created its own label "New Dance", and the organization which promoted music from Belgium. 1983 saw the release of an EP “Endless Riddance” and the re-release of the first two singles under the title “Two-In-One”. The band developed and quickly reached a specialised audience in Europe.
With the second full-length album “No Comment” in 1984, the term surfaced to describe the synthetic and physically charged qualities of Front 242’s music and sounds recycled from the media and television.
In 1985, the fabulous “Politics Of Pressure” was released on 24 track. That year, the band played for the first time in large European festivals and flew to the U.S.A. for some live performances. They were soon tagged as a very powerful live group.
The international breakthrough came in 1987 following the signing to Wax Trax in the United States and Red Rhino in Europe with the release of the single “Interception” and the albums “Backcatalogue” and “Official Version”. This album had a busier sound picture in contrast to the minimalism of the first two studio albums.
In 1988, Front 242 released the groundbreaking album "Front by Front", taking their sound to its logical extreme. Preceded by the dance-club hit single "Headhunter" and its prize-winning video directed by Anton Corbijn, “Front By Front” was the band's most streamlined and dance-oriented release, with an index/bpm chart displayed on the sleeve for DJ convenience. This release firmly placed the group as a major driving force of electronic music.
The 242 Flag is one of the "Holy Grails" for Front 242 Collectors. Available in the 242 Propaganda Unit catalogue. It measures 36”x55” and is made of sturdy nylon material. The image is classic 242: The Official Warfare Helicopter and Russian typography.