Chameleons, The

Also known as Chameleons, Chameleons U.K., Chameleons UK, Chameleons UK, The, Chamelions, The

Short biography of Chameleons, The: Members: Mark Burgess, Reg Smithies, Dave Fielding, and John Lever

The band formed in 1981 in Middleton, six miles north of Manchester. Before this, Mark had been in the Clichés while Reg and Dave were in Years. Dave was in a school band called Sen. The three started without a drummer and got the attention of the legendary Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Their first single, "In Shreds" on CBS, made number 42 on John Peel's Festive Fifty in 1982. They originally signed with CBS, but they disagreed with how they should sound. CBS dropped them after the one single, despite encouraging sales. They soon signed with Statik. However, Statik was distributed by Virgin, so they couldn't qualify for the independent charts and were thus overlooked by the music press.
The debut album, "Script of the Bridge", was recorded in Rochdale during a six-week period. The band was really pissed when they found out about the reduced version which was released by MCA in the US. They then became unhappy with Statik and tried to get away from them, but were bound by contractual obligations. After their second album, "What Does Anything Mean? Basically", they signed with Geffen. While signed to Geffen, the band released what was to be their last album together for fifteen years, "Strange Times" as the band literally fell apart, acrimoniously, with grief after the 1987 sudden death of band manager Tony Fletcher.
The dawning of a new millenium saw an ending to the 'hostilities' as the band buried hatchets, kissed and made friends once more, culminating in a reforming of the group, and a new 'unplugged' album entitled 'Strip' -- with live albums following beyond.

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# Album cover Album title Tracks amount Download album in mp3? Official release date Production label
1 Script Of The Bridge 12
mp3, CD
1995 Dead Dead Good
2 What Does Anything Mean? Basically 12
mp3, CD
1995 Dead Dead Good
3 Chameleons, The - Strange Times Strange Times 17
mp3, CD
1993-07-01 Geffen Records
4 Chameleons, The - John Peel Sessions John Peel Sessions 12
mp3, CD
1990-11-00
5 Chameleons, The - Here Today... Gone Tomorrow Here Today... Gone Tomorrow 12
mp3, CD
1992-06-00 Imaginary Records
6 Chameleons, The - Free Trade Hall Rehearsal Free Trade Hall Rehearsal 13
mp3, CD
1993-02-00 Imaginary Records
7 Dali's Picture/Live In Berlin 23
mp3, CD
1993-06-00
8 Chameleons, The - Live Shreds Live Shreds 10
mp3, CD
1996 Cleopatra
9 Chameleons, The - The Fan And The Bellows The Fan And The Bellows 11
mp3, CD
1996 Dead Dead Good
10 Why Call It Anything 10
mp3, CD
2001-07-01 Artful Records
11 Chameleons, The - Live At The Academy Live At The Academy 19
mp3, CD
2002-03-01 Paradiso (UK)
12 Chameleons, The - Strange Times Strange Times 16
mp3, CD
Geffen Records
13 A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days 3
mp3, CD
1983
14 Chameleons, The - As High As You Can Go As High As You Can Go 3
mp3, CD
1983
15 Strange Times 10
mp3, CD
1986-09-15 Geffen Records
16 Chameleons, The - In Shreds / Nostalgia In Shreds / Nostalgia 2
mp3, CD
1985-02-00 Statik Records
17 Tripping Dogs 12
mp3, CD
1990-10-00 Glass Pyramid
18 Chameleons, The - The Fan And The Bellows The Fan And The Bellows 11
mp3, CD
1989 Caroline Records
19 Chameleons, The - Recorded Live At The Gallery Club Manchester, 18th December 1982 Recorded Live At The Gallery Club Manchester, 18th December 1982 12
mp3, CD
1996-08-01 Visionary Communications
20 Return Of The Roughnecks - The Best Of The Chameleons 14
mp3, CD
1997-01-00 Dead Dead Good
21 Return Of The Roughnecks - The Best Of The Chameleons 20
mp3, CD
1997-01-00 Dead Dead Good
22 Chameleons, The - The Fan And The Bellows The Fan And The Bellows 11
mp3, CD
1986 Hybrid Records
23 The Fan And The Bellows 2
mp3, CD
1986 Hybrid Records
24 Script Of The Bridge 12
mp3, CD
1983
25 What Does Anything Mean? Basically 10
mp3, CD
1985
26 Chameleons, The - Northern Songs Northern Songs 13
mp3, CD
1994-11-00 Bone Idol
27 Chameleons, The - Tony Fletcher Walked On Water.... La La La La La - La La - La - La Tony Fletcher Walked On Water.... La La La La La - La La - La - La 4
mp3, CD
1990-10-00 Glass Pyramid
28 Chameleons, The - Script Of The Bridge Script Of The Bridge 12
mp3, CD
1983 Megadisc
29 What Does Anything Mean? Basically 10
mp3, CD
1985 Megadisc
30 Swamp Thing 2
mp3, CD
1986
31 Chameleons, The - Up The Down Escalator Up The Down Escalator 3
mp3, CD
1983 Statik Records
32 Tears 3
mp3, CD
1986-06-01
33 The Fan And The Bellows 11
mp3, CD
1986 Hybrid Records
34 Script Of The Bridge 12
mp3, CD
1983-08-08 Statik Records
35 The Radio 1 Evening Show Sessions 10
mp3, CD
1993-01-00 Nighttracks

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