The Front – The Front [1989]

  1. Country USA          

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 84/100

Band Members Bobby Franano – Keyboards, Michael Anthony Franano – Vocals, Guitar, Mike Greene – Lead Guitar, Randy Jordan – Bass, Backing Vocals, Shane Miller – Drums

Tracks 01. Fire (4:32), 02. Sunshine Girl (4:22), 03. Pain (3:03), 04. Sweet Addiction (Segue) (5:03), 05. Ritual (7:12), 06. Le Motion (4:10), 07. Sister Moon (2:44), 08. In The Garden (2:33), 09. Violent World (6:44), 10. Sin (5:51)

Profile The Front is an American rock band, originally formed in 1984 in Kansas City, Missouri, who enjoyed a brief popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Although originally offered a recording contract in 1987 with Sire/Warner Brothers Records; The Front signed an exclusive management contract with Scott and Doc McGhee of McGhee Entertainment; the team behind Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, Scorpions and Skid Row. A bidding war began with The Front ultimately signing with CBS Records in 1989. They released one eponymous, full-length album onColumbia Records, produced by Grammy Award-winning music studio engineer Andy Wallace with two singles released: Fire and Le Motion.

Their first release, Fire, peaked at position No. 29 on The Billboard Rock chart in 1990, was a minor radio hit and the corresponding video was in stress rotation on MTV by January 1990. The Front toured the U.S. with many acts of the period including Bang Tango,Jason Bonham, Enuff Z’nuff and Alice Cooper. In the spring of 1990, The Front toured Europe with Lenny Kravitz and headlined dates in Berlin and Dusseldorf, Germany when Lenny returned to the states with throat problems. The Front ended 1990 returning to Europe as a featured artist on The Monsters of Rock Tour with notable headlining acts Aerosmith and Whitesnake. Dates included August 25, 1990 at Dortmund, Westfalenhalle, and September 1, 1990 in Mannheim, Maimarktgegelände Eisstadion.

The Front was the first act to be a featured artist on both MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and 120 Minutes on the same weekend; essentially the template for alternative rock that would be huge only a couple of years later. The Front also holds the distinction of being the last major artist to release a vinyl 45 rpm record on Columbia Records.

In 1992, The Front and CBS split ways; the band and management believed that The Front were no longer a priority for the label. CBS agreed to let the band move to their sister label, Epic Records, keeping the group in the Sony family. The Front recorded their next record with Producer, Mark Dodson, which was released under the name Bakers Pink, a name change requested by Epic Records.

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2 Responses to “The Front – The Front [1989]”

  1. Island Girl says:

    Thanks for covering The Front on your website! I wanted to correct a few inaccuracies. It isn’t true that the band won a “Battle of the Bands” contest that landed them a record deal. They played out and were able to open for many national acts, eventually catching the attention of McGhee Entertainment. Doc McGhee and McGhee Entertainment negotiated their record deal with CBS. Also, the subsequent band Bakers Pink had all of The Front’s members except for Bobby.

    Some recent news – The Front Live In New York City 1990 was just released this summer. For information, please visit the official website TheFrontBand.net and also check out The Front on Facebook.

    Fans of Michael Franano (The Front’s singer) will be interested in visiting his official site for new music: MichaelFranano.com or Michael Franano’s Facebook.

    Thanks again for featuring The Front on Melodic Hard Rock!

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  2. mrgeorgecraven says:

    Profile changed. Thanks for the additional info.

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