Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bootleg of the Week: Body To Body (Live Chicago)

Re-listening to this bootleg made me realize just how much this is one of my favorite live Front 242 recordings! Recorded in Chicago on May 13, 1989 at Metro (see also T-Shirt of the Week) "Body To Body" is sometimes also referred to as "Live Chicago", although there are also other Chicago bootlegs out there. It is on the "Hand Made" Label, catalogue number HAM 015.

"Body To Body" contains 17 tracks, and the sound quality is very good. As with most, if not all, 242 bootlegs, there are some mistakes on the track listing:
W.Y.H.I.W.Y.G. and U-Men are a medley, but listed as separate listings here, and there is an "intro" before track the listed track number 1:  Circling Overland; U-Men is credited as "U-Man."

The artwork is very well-done. The picture sleeve has one of the more iconic pictures of the group.
Standout tracks for me always include the W.Y.H.I.W.Y.G./U-Men Medley; Never Stop, and Circling Overland. I also enjoy hearing other tracks that do not always appear on other bootlegs and are seldom heard live, such as Red Team, Terminal State, and Felines.
I especially enjoy Work 242. By chance does anyone know the complete "alternative" lyrics for when this song is played live? I can almost always make them out, but come up short.
"The Dreams Are Gone!"

The corrected track listing is as follows:

  1. Intro
  2. Circling Overland
  3. First In, First Out
  4. Don't Crash
  5. Until Death Us Do Part
  6. Red Team
  7. Im Rythmus Bleiben
  8. No Shuffle
  9. Terminal State
  10. W.Y.H.I.W.Y.G. / U-Men Medley
  11. Never Stop
  12. Headhunter
  13. Masterhit
  14. Welcome To Paradise
  15. Felines
  16. Work 242
  17. Body To Body
Body To Body (Live Chicago) Cover
Body To Body (Live Chicago) Inside

Body To Body Disc


  1. I have the poster from this cover. I remember this was one of the first pictures I have seen of the band. The sound quality of this bootleg is ok, and hear pieces like "Felines", "Red Team" and "Never Stop" live worth the price of this bootleg !

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  4. bought this while in college at a cool shop that actually sold bootlegs. also picked up Hadaffi Commando there too. those two cds remain prized possessions. the track "Intro" for Body To Body was the first thing i ever heard during the Front By Front Tour: sounded like a twisted symphony of dark brass and from that second on i was hopelessly hooked for life. wish they hadn't resorted to live cds for their last 10 active years. they are the pioneers and at the very least their old music has never been more contemporary.