Chameleons, The

Also known as Chameleons, Chameleons U.K., Chameleons UK, Chameleons UK, The, Chamelions, The
Members of Chameleons, The: Brian Schofield, Dave Fielding, John Lever, Kwasi Asante, Mark Burgess, Martin Jackson, Reg Smithies
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Discography of Chameleons, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Script Of The Bridge 12 Audio 1995 Dead Dead Good
2 What Does Anything Mean? Basically 12 Audio 1995 Dead Dead Good
3 Strange Times 17 Audio 1993-07-01 Geffen Records
4 John Peel Sessions 12 Audio 1990-11-00
5 Here Today... Gone Tomorrow 12 Audio 1992-06-00 Imaginary Records
6 Free Trade Hall Rehearsal 13 Audio 1993-02-00 Imaginary Records
7 Dali's Picture/Live In Berlin 23 Audio 1993-06-00
8 Live Shreds 10 Audio 1996 Cleopatra
9 The Fan And The Bellows 11 Audio 1996 Dead Dead Good
10 Why Call It Anything 10 Audio 2001-07-01 Artful Records
11 Live At The Academy 19 Audio 2002-03-01 Paradiso (UK)
12 Strange Times 16 Audio Geffen Records
13 A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days 3 Audio 1983
14 As High As You Can Go 3 Audio 1983
15 Strange Times 10 Audio 1986-09-15 Geffen Records
16 In Shreds / Nostalgia 2 Audio 1985-02-00 Statik Records
17 Tripping Dogs 12 Audio 1990-10-00 Glass Pyramid
18 The Fan And The Bellows 11 Audio 1989 Caroline Records
19 Recorded Live At The Gallery Club Manchester, 18th December 1982 12 Audio 1996-08-01 Visionary Communications
20 Return Of The Roughnecks - The Best Of The Chameleons 14 Audio 1997-01-00 Dead Dead Good
21 Return Of The Roughnecks - The Best Of The Chameleons 20 Audio 1997-01-00 Dead Dead Good
22 The Fan And The Bellows 11 Audio 1986 Hybrid Records
23 The Fan And The Bellows 2 Audio 1986 Hybrid Records
24 Script Of The Bridge 12 Audio 1983
25 What Does Anything Mean? Basically 10 Audio 1985
26 Northern Songs 13 Audio 1994-11-00 Bone Idol
27 Tony Fletcher Walked On Water.... La La La La La - La La - La - La 4 Audio 1990-10-00 Glass Pyramid
28 Script Of The Bridge 12 Audio 1983 Megadisc
29 What Does Anything Mean? Basically 10 Audio 1985 Megadisc
30 Swamp Thing 2 Audio 1986
31 Up The Down Escalator 3 Audio 1983 Statik Records
32 Tears 3 Audio 1986-06-01
33 The Fan And The Bellows 11 Audio 1986 Hybrid Records
34 Script Of The Bridge 12 Audio 1983-08-08 Statik Records
35 The Radio 1 Evening Show Sessions 10 Audio 1993-01-00 Nighttracks
36 Live At The Witchwood 12 Audio 2000 Not On Label
37 Tripping Dogs 12 Audio 1990-10-00 Glass Pyramid
38 Tony Fletcher Walked On Water.... La La La La La - La La - La - La 4 Audio 1990 Glass Pyramid
39 Here Today... Gone Tomorrow / Live In Toronto 27 Audio 1992-06-00
40 Strip 10 Audio 2000-05-00 Paradiso (UK)
41 Why Call It Anything 10 Audio 2002 Cleopatra
42 This Never Ending Now 12 Audio 2002-09-01 Paradiso (UK)
43 Singing Rule Britannia (While The Walls Close In) 3 Audio 1986 Statik Records
44 Dali's Picture 10 Audio 1993-06-00 Imaginary Records
45 Script Of The Bridge 12 Audio 1983 Statik Records
46 Script Of The Bridge (25th Anniversary Edition) 31 Audio 2008-04-00 Blue Apple Music
47 Live @ KEXP Radio Seattle 5 Audio 2003 Not On Label
48 What Does Anything Mean? Basically 10 Audio 1985 Statik Records
49 Script Of The Bridge 12 Audio 1983 Statik Records
50 Tears 2 Audio 1986


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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