The Chameleons

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  • 4.1.15

We’ve been quite outright about our fondness for eighties new wave music in the past, and alongside the many genres our blog follows, occasionally we like to feature some actual original 80s stuff that might have gotten lost or underrated through past years. Chameleons (aka The Chameleons UK), formed in Middleton, Manchester, England in 1981.
The band originally consisted of singer and bassist Mark Burgess, guitarist Reg Smithies, guitarist Dave Fielding and drummer John Lever (replacing original drummer Brian Schofield). Chameleons created and inspired a whole host of talented new wave/post-punk artists during the 80’s and continue to keep inspiring beyond that. Burgess’s raw talent and deep emotion, paired-up together with that of an incredible visual performance, makes Chameleons an exceptional and essential addition to the Manchester new wave scene.

We know Manchester is most known for it’s conception of punk rock from the 1976 Lesser Free Trade Hall concert by the Sex Pistols, later inspiring Joy Division, New Order, The Fall, The Durutti Column, Buzzcocks etc. The list of inspirational artists is endless - but in my heart, I hold Chameleons in as high regard as all the above. The late John Peel was also a massive champion of the band, having them in one of his famous Peel Session studio and the recording is available here.

Listen to the stunning acoustic and original version of Swamp Thing.

Chameleons officiate website

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