Friday, September 12, 2008

Net Searching - The Front (1989)


The internet has made it so easy to track down a lot of material from bands you were interested years go. A quick use of a search engine with a band name, album title and a file sharing site or "blogspot", a short waiting time after a few clicks and hey, presto the albums on your hard drive for your personal listening pleasure. The Front, who released one album which was self-titled, couldn't have known about the possibilities of the internet in 1989 or maybe they did and wanted to remain as mysterious as Jim Morrison's death. Lead singer Micheal Franano definitely had a Morrison fixation but channelled the Cult's still living Ian Astbury much better. Franano had a more than competent band behind him however the band never made more than one album. There's a better Alice Cooper song on this album than any of the shite A.C. was putting out in the late 80's.

Face The Front

2 comments:

Rinjo Njori! said...

In the early part of this decade Micahel hung out on the LES. A friend of mine knew him and he still performed. It took me years as well to track down this album. Great album

Matt said...

Wonderful surprise. Got a vinyl copy of this – it's one of those records of the era that looked to dark psychedelia as an antidote to that absurdly sterile late 1980s sound – like Masters of Reality, Burning Tree or even Electric and Love-era Cult. Rootsy and trippy, the Black Crowes meet Black Sabbath and get on famously talking about The Doors. Thanks so much for this blast!