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The Chameleons

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Post Punk band formed in 1981 in Middleton, 6 miles north of Manchester. Mark Burgess had been in The Clichés, while Reg Smithies & Dave Fielding were in Years (3). 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. After the recruitment of drummer John Lever of The Politicians (6), 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 year 2000 saw an end to the 'hostilities' and a reforming of the group; and a new 'unplugged' album entitled 'Strip' and other live releases followed.

John Lever passed away in 2017 and Dave left the band afterwards leaving Mark and Reg as the only two original members. The Chameleons continue to perform as of 2024.

Sites:Bandcamp , Facebook , Wikipedia , MySpace , chameleonsuk.blogspot.com , thechameleons.tmstor.es , thechameleonsofficialonlinestore.bigcartel.com
Members:Brian Schofield, Dave Fielding, John Lever, Kwasi Asante, Mark Burgess, Martin Jackson, Reg Smithies
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