Themes From Great Cities

It might have come to your attention that I'm not a regular poster of love and understanding, which you will just have to get used to. I will however, have bursts of creativity where I move completely randomly from post to post with no rhyme or reason. I have recently posted a few singles (7 & 12”) and the odd bootleg which have been received very well by all who visit. More of the same will continue as you, dear readers, seem to be enjoying them.

Some of the rips are my own, but many more are from other blogs and I’m just sharing the wealth. If other bloggers out there wish to share the rips from my posts, please as I do, host them yourself. To combat this, the FLAC files that are over 6 months old will be replaced with MP3 files.

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I've had real concerns about posting this one...and if anyone with ties to the band or publishing companies feels that this post should be edited to remove the links, please let me know and I'll take them out. Otherwise, have a listen, enjoy and then go out and buy the album...

And always play this album loud!!

The Chameleons

With two years of incessant gigging and numerous radio sessions under their belts since their début single, "In Shreds" The Chameleons came to the studio determined to make a great first album with Script Of The Bridge. To say that they succeeded would be like saying Shakespeare did pretty well with that one Hamlet play of his. Script Of the Bridge remains a high-water mark of what can generally be called post-punk, an hour's worth of one amazing song after another, practically a greatest-hits record on its own: from the John Lennon tribute "Here Today," through "Monkeyland," "Pleasure and Pain," "Paper Tigers," "As High as You Can Go," to the breathtaking closer, "View From a Hill." Opening with the uncharacteristically optimistic anthem "Don't Fall," you might initially expect this album to be more grandiose and stadium ready. However, The Chameleons next opt to blindside you, the listener, with the introspective claustrophobia of "Here Today" beginning an album-length nosedive into the deepest recesses of the human soul and modern alienation. This is not an album for the faint of heart; it is very dark, it grabs you by the shoulders and slaps you around the face a few times before it's done with you. The most innovative aspect of this album would have to be the gorgeous guitar interplay of Dave Fielding and Reg Smithies, adding both immediacy and texture to the album's sound. The band's rhythm section aren’t slouches either; John Lever's drumming is superb, while Mark Burgess' bass lines weave through the songs like a venomous snake. Burgess here establishes himself as one of the great front men of his time. His lyrics are simply excellent, and have a timeless, highly literate quality in their poetic ruminations on the human experience.

Not only is this a towering achievement in the post-punk movement, deserving to be mentioned in the same breath as fellow Mancunian LP's "Closer" and "Real Life," it is arguably one of my favourite, and sadly, one of the most overlooked, début albums of all time.

Happily taken from the 25th Anniversary 2 disc Remastered Edition (because my vinyl just wasn’t having anything to do with being ripped) and adding a couple of 12” singles just for the craic to glorious MP3 @ 320kbps.

            01 Don’t Fall
            02 Here Today
            03 Monkeyland
            04 Second Skin
            05 Up The Down Escalator
            06 Less Than Human
            07 Pleasure And Pain
            08 Thursday’s Child
            09 As High As You Can Go
            10 A Person Isn’t Safe Anywhere These Days
            11 Paper Tigers
            12 View From A Hill

            01 In Shreds (Previously Unreleased)
            02 Dear Dead Days (Previously Unreleased)
            03 Things I Wish I Said (Previously Unreleased)
            04 Don’t Fall (Live Bremen 1983)
            05 Here Today (Live Bremen 1983)
            06 Thursday’s Child (Live Bremen 1983)
            07 A Person Isn’t Safe (Live Bremen 1983)
            08 Less Than Human (Live Bremen 1983)
            09 Pleasure And Pain (Live Bremen 1983)
            10 Second Skin (Live Bremen 1983)
            11 Paper Tigers (Live Bremen 1983)
            12 Monkeyland (Live Bremen 1983)
            13 Singing Rule Britannia (Live Bremen 1983)
            14 Up The Down Escalator (Live Bremen 1983)
            15 View From A Hill (Live Bremen 1983)

In Shreds 12” (Static Reissue)
            A1 Nostalgia
            AA1 In Shreds
            AA2 Less Than Human

As High As You Can Go 12”
            A1 As High As You Can Go
            B1 Pleasure And Pain
            B2 Paper Tigers


  1. Yet another great post. This is a great album that for some reason I never owned - until now! Thanks again!!

    1. Cheers jsayers. Hope that it lives up to its reputation. Thanks for the comment.