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The Chameleons

The atmospheric pop band the Chameleons formed in Manchester, England, in 1981 from the ashes of a number of local groups: vocalist/bassist Mark Burgess began with the Cliches, guitarists Reg Smithies and Dave Fielding arrived from the Years, and drummer John Lever (who quickly replaced founding member Brian Schofield) originated with the Politicians. After establishing themselves with a series of high-profile BBC sessions, the Chameleons signed to Epic and debuted with the EP Nostalgia, a tense, moody set produced by Steve Lillywhite which featured the single "In Shreds."

The quartet was soon released from its contract with Epic, but then signed to Statik and returned in 1983 with the band's first full-length effort, Script of the Bridge. What Does Anything Mean? Basically followed in 1985, and with it came a new reliance on stylish production; following its release, the Chameleons signed to Geffen and emerged the following year with Strange Times. The dark, complex record proved to be the Chameleons' finale, however, when they split following the sudden death of manager Tony Fletcher; while Burgess and Lever continued on in the Sun & the Moon, Smithies and Fielding later reunited in the Reegs. In 1993, Burgess surfaced with his proper solo album Zima Junction. He and his band the Sons of God toured America the following year.

As the '90s came and went, the four members of the Chameleons UK continued to work on music and see one another on a personal basis. While their own musical projects kept them busy, a reunion was practically inevitable. The Chameleons reconnected in January 2000 to prep for three May dates in England. The acoustic-based, self-released Strip was available by showtime and for a limited time only. Additional European dates followed throughout the summer, and by fall the Chameleons UK played their first American shows in nearly 15 years. Several live efforts appeared shortly thereafter. Why Call It Anything? (2001) marked the Chameleons' first studio album since 1986's Strange Times. This Never Ending Now appeared two years later. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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What happen to great sounding and artistic bands like them gone today?
They are a great sounding group...
The Chameleons and the chameleons uk are the same band.
Since the80s I have loved them.saw them when they toured and hung. Out with them.saw chameleons vox and that was great too.my favorite band.....
One of my favorite bands. The perfect combination of (post?) punk and the emerging New Wave of the 80s, with a touch of the burgeoning alternative genre being vultivated at the time by bands like R.E.M. and Sonic Youth. The Chameleons just have a beautiful sound all around. I'd love to see them live.
krj972
Yes if bobonnit was in charge of the ministry of music we'd all listen to-well I don't know- is there actually a band he does enjoy listening to?
You do get around, bobonnit.... =B^D~
They have these guys twice.
Boring. Sounds like a bunch of other pretentious 80's bands
krj972
The Chameleons music drifted across the pond to this Americans ears when I was a teen (in the 80's) and I was instantly enthralled. Cheers!
True music gods!!..... I've listened to second skin every day of my life since it was released and never tire of it, how many other bands can do this????
borje56
One of my favorites since the first time I heard them in 1983.
octoberlette 8
such a magnificent band!!
am 51 years old this year and their style moves my Irish soul.powerfu l
chrislowe196 8
Fave since 1987. Saw in California 3x in 2000. Epic.
These guys are brilliant. I loved them at 14 & got to see them at a small venue at 15. Still, after all these years, they are in my top 3 live bands: Ramones, Alien Sex Fiend, ok 4.....Metall i c a . This is over a span of 26 ? Yrs.
I first heard this band back in college (1983) and have been hooked every since. Also recommended is the accoustic album Strip and Chameleons Live 2002. Mark Burgess definately doesn't need autotune!
rtherring
One of the most amazing bands ever. The lyrics still haunt me.
Listen kids. This is called music. I'm sorry nobody does it anymore. Enjoy..
manguiano1
favorite = tears
jessieamber7 0
awesome
timeless...
amazing!
Still plays loud twenty years on. Listen.
Possibly the best band of all time. Completely transcended their influences and continue to eclipse those they've influenced. A perfect storm of talent, inspiration, and setting.
Always loved this band!!
Still one of my alltime favorite bands
it's been a year since the last post, so i figured someone should comment. Not bad, a little slow. But not bad
I hear my name above everything else; Mark, Mark above everything else.

Good stuff.
One of my favorites from back then.....

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