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Strange Times

The Chameleons UK

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Customer Reviews

Landmark British Post-Punk

If "Script of the Bridge" was a watershed album in the history of the diverse (but inherently non-commercial) genre known as 'post-punk,' it is fair to say that "Strange Times" was the one of the last great UK guitar records before the rise of a new alternative dominated by The Stone Roses, Oasis, Pulp, and Suede.

Thoughtful, complex, and haunting, The Chameleons' third release is generally regarded as one of the finest of the 1980s. Standouts include "Soul in Isolation," "Swamp Thing," and "Tears (full arrangement).

Classic Post Punk Brilliance

Don't know these guys? Start with "Swamp Thing" and "Tears" which capture the mood and energy and angst of the late 1980's to mid1990's so accurately (esp. in the U.K.). Turn it up and repeat. These guys are classic and labeling them "goth" does a disservice to those who have yet to discover them and who may pre-judge.

Stunning pt. 3

The 3rd (and last, for many years) Chameleons release continues this band's outstanding output. Just another tremendous effort from a shamefully overlooked band that disintegrated way too soon. Caution, Soul In Isolation and Tears (full arrangement) are as good as any Chameleons song out there.
I guess the only knock I have on the album is Dave Allen's thin production. He ruined many a Cure album for me, and didn't do this one any favors either.

Biography

Formed: 1981 in Middleton, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '00s

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...
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