Strange Times CD (2001)

Artist: Chameleons U.K.

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Label Geffen Goldline
SKU 60010224
UPC 720642460924
UPC 14 00720642460924
Format CD
Release Date 11/20/2001
Author Chameleons U.K.
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Technical Info
Engineer Mark Saunders
Producer Dave M. Allen; Dave Allen
CatalogID 24609
Lable Name Geffen
Released 08/03/1993
Original Release 1986
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 73m : 58s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00720642460924
Album Notes and Credits
STRANGE TIMES includes Peel Session tracks recorded for the BBC.
The Chameleons UK: Birdy (vocals, bass); Dave (guitar, strings); Reg (guitar); John (drums, percussion).
Personnel: Mark Burgess (vocals); Dave Fielding (guitar, strings); Reg Smithies (guitar); John Lever (drums, percussion).
Illustrator: Reg Smithies.
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").
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.")
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.
Disc 1
1 Mad Jack
2 Caution
3 Tears
4 Soul In Isolation
5 Swamp Thing
6 Time the End of Time
7 Seriocity
8 In Answer
9 Childhood
10 I'll Remember
11 Tears
12 Paradiso
13 Inside Out
14 John, I'm Only Dancing
15 Tomorrow Never Knows

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