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(1981 – 1987, 2001 – present)

The Chameleons (called The Chameleons UK on some American releases) were a band that formed in Middleton, Greater Manchester, England in 1981. They consisted of singer and bassist Mark Burgess, guitarist Reg Smithies, guitarist Dave Fielding, and drummer John Lever.

The band initially released three studio albums in the 1980s, to solid critical acclaim. After their third release, Strange Times, in 1987 they abruptly disbanded following the sudden death of band manager Tony Fletcher. The Chameleons were, for all practical purposes, extinct for well over a decade before releasing - to the delight and even disbelief of its ardently loyal fan base - a final studio album in 2001, entitled Why Call It Anything. The band quickly dissolved once again in 2002 due to personal differences, after a successful reunion tour which took them across Europe and the United States. Though having never attained the level of commercial success or fame enjoyed by their contemporaries (e.g. U2, Echo And The Bunnymen, Joy Division), The Chameleons’ early impact can still be felt throughout much of popular music today.

Dave Fielding went on to form The Reegs who released a couple of ep’s . Then in 2003 formed Coconut Dogfuck a trance techno dance act with Ralph on percussion, Paul Didge on didge and Dave playing guitar and dulcimer . They released an ep and played festivals and gigs around the uk .


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  • groovez0ne

    Now Interpol and Editors like embarrassing and listen ...

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  • utopianfish

    loop friendly!

    16 Apr 8:27am Reply
  • illuminatedsea

    Mark Burgess and yves altana are playing the fulford arms in York on Friday 11th april and will performing tracks by the chameleons and invincible

    3 Apr 9:23pm Reply
  • musicmisc

    amazing band, Interpol aped the shit out of these guys

    25 Mar 3:03am Reply
  • SeventhTime

    First 3 albums are all sublime, but Strange Times is my fave

    23 Mar 8:06am Reply
  • chamberofhellos

    Way ahead of their time.

    14 Mar 11:50pm Reply
  • odel1980

    I love all their albums but "Script of the Bridge" is a master piece. From the beginning to the end, one of the best albums I´ve ever heard.

    13 Mar 6:41pm Reply
  • jennica_med_c

    One of the best bands ever! [2] It's just that they're also soo terribly underrated!

    3 Mar 11:51pm Reply
  • TheOnlyMAD

    One of the best bands ever! Script of the Bridge is simply beautiful!

    3 Mar 4:04am Reply
  • Akayz7

    brilliant, cool that they're still around.

    27 Feb 9:09pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    идеальную нишу нашли ребята, мягкий, приятный пост-панк пысы. группа Interpol - говно

    20 Feb 1:01pm Reply
  • garynotrashcoug

    Saw them in San Francisco on some reunion tour or something. 1999 or 2000 or something. Absolutely amazing, they still had it!

    18 Feb 5:59am Reply
  • psychelatte

    Sorry I spelt your name a bit wrong.

    10 Feb 9:16pm Reply
  • psychelatte

    @Aryakafishi, I agree with you. We must educate them!

    10 Feb 9:15pm Reply
  • Aryakafashi

    So sad that even people who listen to Post-Punk, have heard nothing about The Chameleons

    5 Feb 4:43pm Reply
  • psychelatte

    Here is my video for the Invincible album.. Medley of songs.. Mark Burgess project.. Very Chameleons like, you don't wanna miss it!

    2 Feb 6:29pm Reply
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  • psychelatte

    Very angry my phone should have typed The Chams, not The Champs. Bastard.

    2 Feb 6:03pm Reply
  • psychelatte

    Nobody is talking about The Healer? Is that not one of their great sad songs ever? About a loved one dying and feeling helpless. It will always remind me of when I visited my best friend on here deathbed in a coma on life support, just before they unplugged the machine. Her eyes were rolled up.. She was only 49..I went on a crazy dark mood after this, dyed my hair black and constantly listening to The Champs and Echo and the Bunnymen for a long time..

    2 Feb 6:02pm Reply
  • NorthernSeaside

    the best band i've ever heard

    29 Jan 7:58pm Reply
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