Q&A= the Chameleons (grandfathers of shoegaze?)

BAND?  THE CHAMELEONS

ALBUM?  SCRIPT OF THE BRIDGE

YEAR?  1983

DRUGS?  PINTS OF BITTER & PLENTY OF CIGARETTES.

WHO WERE THEY?  A FANTASTIC QUARTET FROM THE MANCHESTER-AREA CONSISTING OF MARK BURGESS (BASS & VOX), DAVE FIELDING & REG SMITHIES (GUITARS) & JOHN LEVER (DRUMS).  TYPICALLY LABELED ‘POST-PUNK’ (BUT WE’RE PUTTING IT OUT THERE THAT THEY MIGHT BE THE TEMPLATE FROM WHICH SHOEGAZE WAS BORN, MINUS THE ANGER).  CHAMELEONS RELEASED THREE STUDIO ALBUMS IN THE 80’S, THE FIRST POTENTIALLY BEING THEIR BEST.  

WHY SHOULD I CARE/LISTEN?  GREAT SONGS AND FANTASTIC GUITAR SOUNDS TO BEGIN WITH.  SCRIPT OF THE BRIDGE MIGHT JUST HAVE THE STRONGEST A-SIDE* OF ANY DEBUT ALBUM WE CAN THINK OF START TO FINISH. IT MIGHT ALSO HAVE ONE OF THE WORST ALBUM COVERS OF A DEBUT ALBUM (sorry Reg), BUT THAT JUST GOES TO SHOW “YOU SHOULDN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER”.  THIS RECORD HAS BEEN AN UNDERGROUND CLASSIC FOR DECADES, HAS AGED QUITE GRACEFULLY FOR BEING ALMOST 30 AND IS JUST AS POWERFUL AS EVER.  IF YOU DON’T OWN THIS ALBUM YOU PROBABLY SHOULD.  

  *[WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE RUNNING ORDER OF THE ORIGINAL RELEASE.  MCA DROPPED SONGS & CHANGED THE ORDER FOR THE U.S. VERSION.]

 

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