The band released their debut album, Script of the Bridgein They followed it with What Does Anything Mean? Basically and Strange Times in andrespectively, before abruptly disbanding in due to the sudden death of the band's manager. Burgess also had a short solo career with backing band the Sons of God.
Renewed tensions caused the group to separate again in Burgess alone continues to play Chameleons songs live under the name ChameleonsVox. Lever died in Known for their atmospheric, guitar-based sound, the Chameleons are regarded as one of the most underrated Manchester bands of the s. Burgess previously played with the Cliches, while Smithies and Fielding had performed with Years.
They started as a trio—Burgess as vocalist and bassist, Smithies and Fielding both on guitar—without a drummer. They later recruited fellow Middletonian Brian The Chameleon - Various - Malawi Originals , who was soon replaced by Dukinfield -based John Lever, previously of the Politicians. Former Magazine drummer Martin Jackson briefly replaced Lever during —83 while the latter was on sabbatical.
Wary of the loss of credibilty Altered Images had suffered due to buckling to CBS' demands on packaging, the Chameleons were protective of their image and consequently were dropped by the label soon after the release Love Really Hurts Without You - Various - 70s Collection Volume One "In Shreds".
The Chameleons subsequently signed to UK label Statik Records, a subsidiary of Virgin Recordson which they released their debut studio album, Script of the Bridgein Their second studio album, What Does Anything Mean?
Regular touring after the release of Basically along with efforts by the band's manager, Tony Fletcher, persuaded David Geffen to sign the band to Geffen Recordswhich released their third studio album, Strange Timesin After the breakup, numerous spin-off bands emerged,  none of which achieved much success.
They released an eponymous studio album on Geffen inbut separated the next year. Burgess then embarked on a solo career, while the remaining members briefly continued on as Weaveworld. Burgess released his debut solo album, Zima Junctioninand toured America the following year with his backing band the Sons of God. They self-released their debut album, Venusinwith most sales being digital. They also issued numerous live albums and compilations. The Chameleons reconvened in January to prepare for a series of concerts in The WitchwoodAshton-under-Lyneone of the band's favourite venues, in May.
InBurgess and Lever reformed to play Chameleons back catalogue material, under the name ChameleonsVox. The album, featuring contributions from The Chameleon - Various - Malawi Originals James Mudriczki of Puressence and Clegg, was released in July Lever died on 13 Marchfollowing a short illness, at the age of During the Chameleons' early career, the British music press often used terms such as "sonic architects" and "sonic cathedrals" when describing the band, due to their atmospheric sound.
The Chameleons emerged as Thatcherism was beginning to have its effect on England's former industrial towns, and their music was imbued with a sense of anxiety and a longing for the security of innocence. The core quartet were augmented by keyboardists Alistair Lewthwaite and Andy Clegg for live shows in the s, and by percussionist-vocalist Kwasi Asante during their reunion period.
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ChameleonsVox performing in Bratislava in MiddletonEngland.