Front 242 ‎– 05:22:09:12 Off

Epic ‎– EK 53902
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1 Animal (Cage) 3:00
2 Animal (Gate) 3:02
3 Animal (Guide) 2:44
4 Modern Angel 4:12
5 Junkdrome
Mixed By – Patrick Codenys
6 Serial Killers Don't Kill Their Girlfriend 5:58
7 Skin (Fur Coat)
Mixed By – Jean-Marc Lederman
8 GenEcide 6:53
9 Crushed 6:13
10 OffEND 1:38
11 Animal (Zoo) 4:02
12 Serial Killers Don't Kill Their Boyfriend 3:09
13 Happiness (More Angels) 6:38
14 Crushed (Obscene) 4:11
15 Melt (Again) 5:06
16 Speed Angels 2:52

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Published by Les Editions Confidentielles (SABAM)

© 1993 RRE Records/℗ 1993 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

This version has no SID codes (pre-1994). A similar reissue with SID codes is 05:22:09:12 Off

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7464 - 53902 -2 2
  • Barcode (String): 074645390222
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 1A EK53902 01 C2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 1A EK53902 06 C2
  • Rights Society: SABAM

Other Versions (5 of 29) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RRE 22 LP, 510.0022.10 Front 242 05:22:09:12 Off(LP, Album) Red Rhino Europe, Red Rhino Europe RRE 22 LP, 510.0022.10 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
RRE 22 MC Front 242 05:22:09:12 Off(Cass, Album) Mute Czechoslovakia RRE 22 MC Czech Republic 1993 Sell This Version
RRE 22 CD, RRE 22CD, 510.0022.20 Front 242 05:22:09:12 Off(CD, Album, RP) Red Rhino Europe, Red Rhino Europe, Play It Again Sam Records RRE 22 CD, RRE 22CD, 510.0022.20 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CD - 8003 Front 242 05:22:09:12 Off(CD, Album) Fonomusic CD - 8003 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
EK 53902 Front 242 05:22:09:12 Off(CD, Album) Epic EK 53902 Canada 1993 Sell This Version


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July 14, 2021
edited 4 months ago

This heavy heart
Heart that I carry
Still holds the weight of you
And when I fall
As I always do
I'm crushed by the absence of you

Wow! It is truly hard to believe that Evil Off came out in 1993, before Underworld was doing techno, when Orbital was still a kind of basic rave act, when The Orb had just barely released Ultraworld and Aubrey's Excursions. The ambient and rhythmic material on this album (and Fuck Up Evil) blows pretty much anything away of that time period. It will definitely go down as 242's most divisive album, but hopefully in a good way, now that it has aged like a fine wine after all these years.

Back in 1993, all the other industrial bands were marching forward with the same kind of predictable 4 on the floor beats, tired distorted vocals, and dumb haircuts and face paint. Front 242, however, decided to leave this well-trodden path behind for the new sounds emerging in the electronic world at the time - big beat, ambient, and to an extent, even trance. In 1993, those styles were mostly unheard of in the industrial underground. 242 did the smart thing in embracing these sounds and rhythms before it really caught on in industrial or the mainstream. As you can imagine, most of the hardcore EBM fans were pissed (I was one of them at the time!) But if 242 had NOT gone in this direction... imagine how boring, stale, and rehashed they would have become later on. It was precisely this new music on Evil Off and Fuck Up Evil that propelled 242 past the regular and into the once in a lifetime.

Listening to this CD in its entirety again after so many years, I am really floored by how accomplished, mature, and just plain bad ass it is from start to finish. Obviously the classics Animal, Modern Angel and Happiness will resonate with most, but it's really the lesser known tracks like Junkdrome and Crushed that make Evil Off the masterpiece that it is. I remember as young producer sampling the hell out of Crushed to create my own remix to enter into some 242 competition (it was immediately rejected because the sample lengths were too long!) Junkdrome, though, goes down as my favorite on the album for its devastating breaks, huge ambient washes and complex, difficult programming that simply destroys anything else in this style that was around in 1993 - IMO, of course.

If Evil Off and Fuck Up Evil got the "no" votes from you back then, I highly recommend throwing them on again, on a really good sound system, with a nice adult beverage or three, and some time to yourself to get reacquainted with the music. If they don't get the thumbs up after... well, you must just be a jaded oldschool fart ;P