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Front, The

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Origin: Oakville, Ontario

The Front was a Canadian band, based in Toronto, that released two well-received albums and several singles in the early 1980s. The band is also notable as being the first recording band of Joel Feeney and Tim Thorney.

The Front was initially formed as a studio band and continued as such, never performing live. Band members also spent much time performing television and radio jingles. The band was formed around singer Paul Henderson and vocalist-keyboardist Tim Thorney, with guitarist and vocalist Joel Feeney as a third member. Singer Lisa Dal Bello was an important factor in the formation of The Front. Thorney came to The Front with previous experience as a songwriter and backing vocalist. With Dal Bello, Thorney co-wrote seven of the ten songs on her Drastic Measures album (1981). Paul Henderson was a recording engineer for that same album.

Frequent backing musicians for The Front included Garry Nichol on guitar and Paul Hannah on drums. Nichol had also played on and co-written for Dal Bello's Drastic Measures album. Noted guitarist Domenic Troiano contributed to The Front's second album, Underworld, as did flautist Moe Koffman. The principal songwriters were Thorney and Feeney.

The band released two albums: Gina's At A Party (1983) and Underworld (1984) before breaking up.

Notwithstanding that the band's material is now owned by the Universal Music Group, following the demise of Duke Street Records, neither of The Front's albums has been the subject of CD release.



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