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Strange Times (1986)

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Format: CD
Sku: 60010224
UPC: 720642460924
UPC 14: 00720642460924
Release Date: 11/20/2001
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Mad Jack ~ The Chameleons UK
2. Caution ~ The Chameleons UK
3. Tears ~ The Chameleons UK
4. Soul In Isolation ~ The Chameleons UK
5. Swamp Thing ~ The Chameleons UK
6. Time the End of Time ~ The Chameleons UK
7. Seriocity ~ The Chameleons UK
8. In Answer ~ The Chameleons UK
9. Childhood ~ The Chameleons UK
10. I'll Remember ~ The Chameleons UK
11. Tears ~ The Chameleons UK
12. Paradiso ~ The Chameleons UK
13. Inside Out ~ The Chameleons UK
14. John, I'm Only Dancing ~ The Chameleons UK
15. Tomorrow Never Knows ~ The Chameleons UK

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote STRANGE TIMES includes Peel Session tracks recorded for the BBC.
Muze PNote The Chameleons UK: Birdy (vocals, bass); Dave (guitar, strings); Reg (guitar); John (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote Personnel: Mark Burgess (vocals); Dave Fielding (guitar, strings); Reg Smithies (guitar); John Lever (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote Illustrator: Reg Smithies.
Muze PNote As the Chameleons' most fully realized album, STRANGE TIMES deftly combines the urgency of SCRIPT OF THE BRIDGE with the atmosphere of WHAT DOES ANYTHING MEAN? BASICALLY. Beginning with the aggressive, riff-heavy "Mad Jack," this 1986 record careens through a wide range of moods, evoking sadness (the spare, poignant "Tears"), existential malaise (the mini-epic "Souls in Isolation"), and pleasant nostalgia (the upbeat ode to youth "Childhood").
Muze PNote Most notably, STRANGE TIMES includes the U.K. post-punk band's signature tune, "Swamp Thing," which fascinatingly unwinds from dark, synth-laden lines into a majestic anthem gilded by the shimmering guitar work of Reg Smithies and Dave Fielding. The ensemble, rounded out by vocalist/bassist Mark "Birdy" Burgess and drummer John Lever, was in complete synch here and seemingly poised for a commercial breakthrough, making its sudden dissolution (following the death of their beloved manager, Tony Fletcher) even more unfortunate. Although the Chameleons would reunite in the new millennium, nothing would top this outstanding album, which stands as one of the great overlooked records of mid-'80s British rock. (Note: Most versions of STRANGE TIMES feature five bonus tracks, including an excellent cover of the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows.")

Producer: Dave M. Allen; Dave Allen

Engineer: Mark Saunders

Artist Overview

The Chameleons were one of the finest bands of the British post-punk era, with layers of pealing guitars and a dark, foreboding feel emblematic of the style. Nevertheless, they didn't achieve the career momentum that would have made them stars, and broke up in 1986 after their third album, STRANGE TIMES. After splintering off into various side projects, the band reunited in 2000, performing and recording anew to great critical acclaim. Having influenced numerous artists in the interim, the Chameleons finally began to reap the respect that had been long overdue.

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/03/1993
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1986
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 24609
Music Label Name Label : Geffen
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00720642460924

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