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Front Line Assembly is a Canadian industrial/EBM band formed by Bill Leeb in 1986 after leaving Skinny Puppy (another Canadian industrial/EBM band).

In 1990, I was in Chicago buying records and CD’s. I was looking for industrial music. With the help of one of the store’s staff who was exposing me to a lot of industrial music artists, he placed this particular CD single in my hand (the very same one pictured above). He was kind enough to unwrap and put it inside a CD player. And then he handed me the heaphones and made me listen to Provision. I was immediately blown away from the very first beat/note. After few measures, the pulsating & punchy basslines kicked in. Knocked me off my feet. I just had to have it. So I bought it.

Front Line Assembly – “Provision”…

Artist: Front Line Assembly
Title: Provision
Year: 1990
Label: Wax Trax! Records

Front Line Assembly – “Provision” (mp3)


Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalHappy New Year!
I bless 2011 to be a great year for music and music-bloggers everywhere.

I bought this CDi single from Chicago back in 1989, when I was a freshman in college. The disc itself had a gold surface. The tracks on this CDi were exactly the same as the standard release but with the video of Headhunter included in it.

I still love all three tracks on this Front 242 CDi-single release because of their industrial-sounding stabbing basslines. All the basslines are programmed tightly with a midi sequencer. The sounds of the rolling bassline in Headhunter (at least to my ears) are processed heavily through a reverb effect. Headhunter became the band’s first club hit.  Welcome To Paradise also has industrial rolling/stabbing basslines but without vocals. Instead, the band uses make heavy-use of many voice clips and sound-bytes sampled from various American evangelists (possibly sampled from television and/or video recordings).

According to Wikipedia…
Front 242 was created in 1981 in Aarschot, near Brussels, Belgium, by Daniel Bressanutti and Dirk Bergen, who wanted to create music and graphic design using emerging electronic tools.  [Perhaps Daft Punk were influenced by such approach of Front 242's.]

Front 242 – “Headhunter” (V2.0)…

Artist: Front 242
Title: Headhunter (V2.0)
Year: 1988
Label: Wax Trax! Records

Front 242 – “Headhunter” (V2.0) (mp3)


Front 242 – “Welcome To Paradise” (V1.0)…

Artist: Front 242
Title: Welcome To Paradise (V1.0)
Year: 1988
Label: Wax Trax! Records

Front 242 – “Welcome To Paradise” (V1.0) (mp3)


Front 242 – “Headhunter” (V1.0)…

Artist: Front 242
Title: Headhunter (V1.0)
Year: 1988
Label: Wax Trax! Records

Front 242 – “Headhunter” (V1.0) (mp3)


Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalThis track was released in 1989 — the year when CD singles exploded into the market. Being a fan of Man 2 Man’s 1986 Male Stripper track, Action simply succeeded Male Stripper in some ways. The bassline alone is New York’s best, kicking you hard in the chest with a heavy thud. It pounds you in repeated-steps. Watch out, baby!

Man 2 Man were two brothers: Paul Zone and Miki Zone. After Miki’s death, Paul changed the name of Man To Man. The following information is taken from Paul Zone’s MySpace page…

Brothers Paul Zone, Miki Zone & Armand Zone formed The Fast in the mid 70s somewhere between glam & punk and soon became an integral part of the Max’s/CBGB scene along side Blondie & The Ramones with their blend of power pop & garage punk. As Man 2 Man, Paul & Miki went on to composed, produced & perform songs that would come to define an era in 80s Euro dance/pop and their club sensation “Male Stripper” became a 1 pop hit throughout Europe, Austalia, South America & Mexico.

In 1983 they recorded a few tracks with the first Fast producer Bobby Orlando (one being an early version of Male Stripper) and got bookings in bigger dance clubs like The Fun House, Limelight & The Saint in New York City and at Heaven in London. At this time they started calling themselves Man 2 Man, recorded self produced 12inch dance singles and would have popular chart topping club hits world wide by 1985. They continued as a live act, touring alongside Sylvester & Divine in clubs and venues holding up to 5000 people in the UK, South America & Mexico. A self produced, re-recording of Male Stripper was released as a b-side in 1986 and DJ’s around the world fliped the record over and it shot to number 1 on the dance charts. In March of 1987 Male Stripper went on to become a break out, cross over number 1 pop hit and landed them on the most important music TV show in Europe, “Top Of The Pops” in England. Man 2 Man singles “Male Stripper”, “I Need A Man”, “Energy Is Eurobeat”, “Who Knows What Evil?” & “These Boots Are Made For Walkin” all hit the pop charts in the UK and “At The Gym” became a hit in France with help from Village People producer Jaques Morali. Man 2 Man toured the World for the remainder of the 80s and retired in 1990 and haven’t released new recordings or performed live since.

Man 2 Man – “Action” (Dance Floor Action)…

Artist: Man 2 Man
Title: Action (Dance Floor Action)
Year: 1989
Label: ZYX Records

Man 2 Man – “Action” (Dance Floor Action) (mp3)


Wuf Ticket – “The Key” (Dub 12-inch)

Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalArtist: Wuf Ticket
Title: The Key (Dub 12-inch)
Year: 1983
Genre: Super Bad-Ass Electric Dance Funk Bassline, Vocoder, Synth & bassline Stabbin’

Wuf Ticket – “The Key” (Dub 12-inch) (mp3)


Daft Punk and Alan Braxe have sampled this track’s SLAPPING CLAPS, stabbing bassline and overall butt-whomping beats many times in the past. That is all I’m going to say!

D-Train – “You’re The One For Me” (Vocal 12″)…

Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of Aproval
Artist: D-Train
Title: You’re The One For Me (Vocal 12-inch)
Year: 1981
Genre: Bad-Ass Dance Electric Funk, Bassline Punching, Synth-Stabbing, Slapping Claps

D-Train – “You’re The One For Me” (Vocal 12-inch) (mp3)


Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalOH MY GOD were the first words to come out of my mouth immediately when this track started.  And that was back in 1983.  Combination Mix of Get The Balance Right starts right off the bat with a punchy & crunchy bassline, stabbing your face repeatedly with hot & fat analog synth bassline in 16th-note sequencer-steps.  This track is nice and long with minimal (almost dub-instrusmental) passages, balanced in every way: Bassline intro, music build-up, lyrical verses, vocal choruses, instrumental/dub passages, and a driving energy that grooves all the way to the outro/ending.  After all these years, this track still remains not being stupid but forever  SERIOUS!

Get The Balance Right is ultimate for listening-purposes and dancing your way back to the early New Wave synth-energized 80′s underground dance scene at some geezer’s bass’ment by time-traveling inside a Ford Cortina Mark 5.

Depeche Mode – “Get The Balance Right” (Combination Mix)…

Artist: Depeche Mode
Title: Get The Balance Right (Combination Mix)
Year: 1983
Label: Mute Records

Depeche Mode – “Get The Balance Right” (Combination Mix) (mp3)


Freeez – “I.O.U.” (I Dub You)…

Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalArtist: Freeez
Title: I.O.U. (I Dub You)
Year: 1983
Genre: Classic Electro Synth Dance
Comment: Produced and remixed by Arthur Baker (see picture below)
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Freeez – “I.O.U.” (I Dub You) (mp3)


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