Tz’s Daily Dose of Decade: The Chameleons

Posted: September 9, 2009 in The Dose

The Chameleons may be the world’s greatest band that you’ve never heard of! Most of their peers went on to varying degrees of success. Ever heard of U2? How about The Cure or Echo & The Bunnymen? Well, The Chameleons first 3 albums are far superior to those other bands’ first 3, hands down. I’m not coming from some hipster perspective either; I didn’t see them live in a club in ’82, nor do i possess their first E.P. on that obscure label or some other elitist nonsense. I didn’t even like these guys until years after their 1988 break-up. It took years to uncork, but my love flows freely for this band and they still have to power to unearth my teen angst. Here’s ‘In Shreds’ from their 2nd album, What Does Anything Mean? Basically

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They finally reunited a few years back, and i even got to meet singer/bassist Mark Burgess. I didn’t even mind that he maybe hugged my wife a little too long! It was a fantastic show by a fantastic band and we were even lucky enough to hear new material (something you usually do not want) live! Here’s ‘Indiana’ from their 4th proper album, Why Call It Anything?…

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  1. mattmatt says:

    right. you absolutely should love this band. if you haven’t heard them, go find them. absorb them.

    however, for some reason, this “hands down” comment got under my skin. i guess because of the emotional attachment i have to albums like boy and faith.

    ultimately, i guess i find it an odd comparison… the chameleons were together since ‘81, but there’s a two year lag to their first album in ‘83, by which time the cure had put out both faith and pornography, which i think have some influence here, particularly on script… personally, i like all of these albums and for independently different reasons. it’s hard to compare something as lush and cinematic as the chameleon’s to something as immediately post-punk as u2 and the cure’s first albums, or as spacious as 17 seconds or faith. they are all beautiful.
    so… go enjoy them all!

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