Record Labels, Single News — August 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Relaunched Wax Trax! Records to release Front 242 live 7-inch single next month

Front 242

The recently resurrected Wax Trax! Records imprint next month will commemorate the 30th anniversary of Front 242’s first U.S. show by releasing a new 7-inch single featuring a pair of tracks recorded live by the EBM pioneers at concerts in Chicago in both 1984 and 2011.

Pressed on red vinyl and limited to 500 copies, the 7-inch is the second release from the relaunched Wax Trax! and the first Front 242 release on the label in 25 years. It will be sold only at Front 242’s three U.S. dates — in Tampa, New York and Chicago — this September, according to the label.

The single will include a remastered recording of “Take One” performed on Sept. 28, 1984, at Medusas’s in Chicago — the group’s debut American performance — and a version of “Im Rhythmus Bleiben” recorded at the Wax Trax! Retrospectacle concert in 2011.

Julia Nash, daughter of late Wax Trax! co-founder Jim Nash, relaunched the label earlier this year. Of the Front 242 release, she says, “This is our way to mark the important history and bond between the band and label started 30 years ago.”

Formed in 1981, Belgium’s Front 242 released a number of acclaimed albums and singles on the original Wax Trax! imprint, up through the group’s 1989 single “Never Stop!” According to the label, the band’s 1988 album Front By Front remains Wax Trax!’s top seller.






  1. I’m waiting patiently for a show in SF.

  2. Bummer, I’d love to
    Have this…..I guess it’s my fault I don’t live in one if 3 cities where the shows are. Linda weird for someone to NOT want to take your money isn’t it?

    • There is always eBay, plus out of three show there might be some left over, they might sell them on the Wax Trax! site. I know they had a ton of the Cocksure 12″ left over from the pop-up store and it’s available on-line.

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