Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Record of the Week: Principles/Body To Body 7"

 Up next we go way, way back to the first Front 242 single release: "Principles/Body To Body" released as a 7" (45 RPM) on the New Dance Label. Catalogue Number is ND 002. The picture sleeve is the gorgeous "mask" face in green, yellow-orange, and black tones. The reverse gives the credits:
                Prothese Synthi, Guitar (!)
                Dirk Synthi
                Bruno Percussion
                Studio Prothese
                Thanks Kambier - Hills Music   Design Noir

Of course Prothese is the original band/name of Daniel B. and Dirk is original member Dirk Bergen.  Reportedly released at 1000 copies, this one still goes for high dollar figures. I have seen it listed between $100 - $500. You can see this artwork in the liner notes for the Geography (limited) re-release on Alfa Matrix (which will be spotlighted someday...)


  1. I have always wondered why this record is so insanely expensive, besides it being the first 242 release.

    From the first original Geography (on Himalaya Records) there was a similar small amount pressed (1000-2000?) and this one is a real 242 gem as well imho.

    However, you can still get this Geography release fairly cheap if you compare it with 'Principles/Body to Body'.

  2. This is a truly collector item ! Thanks for sharing !