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Strange Times

Chameleons UK Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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Strange Times + What Does Anything Mean Basically? + Script of the Bridge (Abbey Road Restoration) (Vinyl)
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Disc: 1
1. Mad Jack
2. Caution
3. Tears
4. Soul In Isolation
5. Swamp Thing
6. Time, The End Of Time
7. Seriocity
8. In Answer
9. Childhood
10. I'll Remember
Disc: 2
1. Tears
2. Paradiso
3. Inside Out
4. Ever After
5. John, I'm Only Dancing
6. Tomorrow Never Knows

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Music Never Gets Old June 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
I don't know why Strange Times gets a "not quite as good as" Script of the Bridge review by most fans. It is in it's own right a great album. The great thing about the Chameleons is that they really do have a timeless sound. They are by far my favorite band of the 80's and while most of my old punk records sit around collecting dust a Chameleons CD always seems to find it's way into my CD player. Like every album you have had for years and over played you take breaks but the Chameleons always make it back into my favorite pile while other bands are quickly forgotten. Mad Jack, Caution, Tears, and their version of John I'm Only Dancing are my favorite tracks from this album while Swamp Thing is one of my all time favorite Chameleons songs for it's subtle layers of sound, fluid changes, and reflective lyrics. Souls in Isolation could be one of their most haunting/depressing tracks of all time. But the album is as solid and satisfying to the listener as any of their other works.
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If there was a should have been year in the Chameleons UK history, 1986 would clearly be it when this album was first released. Strange Times demonstrates that on every track, practically in every note!
I would like to state that if you purchase this on CD Now, then it is a bargain indeed. I had purchased this a few years ago & paid a lot more. I had to place this on special order, years before the internet. I can't even tell you how many times I have played this outstanding, superb album. It is sad that Chameleons UK does not get the credit that they clearly deserve.
Every release that they came out with is first class. However,
if I had to make a choice on the Chameleons UK best release to date, then it would be Strange Times.
Strange Times is not for your average listener. If you are looking for fluff, then you come to the wrong place.
This is for the consumer who appreciates music with class & substance. From start to finish, there is not one bad song.
The tracks flows through one right after the other. Even the bonus tracks are worth listening to.
I rate this album one of my personal favorites of all time.
Please buy this now & you will see for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Album is Paradiso Aug. 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was the album that actually introduced me to the Chams. It's not their best, Script of the Bridge was their masterpiece, but this album and "What does it mean basically?" were so close, so close to perfection as well, it's just too close to call.
These guys were amazing. The reason they never made it big was simply this: they were too good. Just too good, too profound. Think about it: ARTISTS ARE NEVER APPRECIATED IN THEIR TIME. 50 or 100 years from now, the Chameleons will be recognized finally. I am telling you guys: just as sure as Herman Melville and Edgar Allen Poe and F. Scott Fitzgerald and Joy Division were only truly appreciated after they were dead, likewise, so will the stunning originality of the Chameleons. "Paradiso" is the first song I ever heard by these guys; I heard it on KXLU, a college station in Los Angeles. I heard it twice in two days, I was hooked, and my life was changed ever since. "Swamp Thing" is so unconventionally good it's disgusting. What a brilliant song. These guys were meant to be Kings in some parallel dimension; here they are only guys in moribund band with a huge cult following.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The road less traveled May 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
Mad Jack? Two versions of Tears? Swamp Thing?
My friend Erik said it best, when he said: Du-ijsh!!!
Not intended for the emotionally bereft...This is one of the finest albums you'll ever enjoy, if you're willing to give it a chance. Once you realize how clever and moody the tunes are, you feel as if you are privy to a well-kept secret. The music does not hold mass appeal, because it was not engineered to meet the boring standards upheld by today's music industry.
The guitars sound like they are being played by two men, at the opposite ends of a canyon's echo, in complete unison (it's hard to describe). The lead singer's voice has an odd, distinct character that fits well in the context of the lyrics. I kind of get an "on-the-verge-of-creepy" vibe from the Chameleons, that I also get from Lynch/Kubrick films. Most everyone I've known who's given this record a chance, will attest to the inherent sweetness of Strange Times. Mullethead rockers, ambient spaced-out stoners, pop nerd hook-junkies and weasels from the neutral zone: FREE YOUR MIND
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hear The Thunder In Your Brain July 20 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I bought this album a number of years ago on Import [].
To think some lucky bastard will get it for less than []!
I bought it because they were from Manchester and they were frequently mentioned alongside great bands of the time like Joy Division, Echo, The Smiths and even U2.
This album for me is the sound of my suburban adolescence as much as Joy Division, Descendents' "Milo Goes To College" or Smashing Pumpkins' "Siamese Dream."
This was one of the greatest post punk bands coming back for a third album in 1986, I believe, and they filled the thing to the brim with atmospheric guitar songs about childhood, and any number of universal every day ruminations. Some people think they tried too hard to be profound, but that sentiment is really a relic of the time it came out with many similar groups around- I had the fortune to hear it removed from it's original time and place, in the late 90s when really no band sounded like this. And I found it truly moving, and I don't say that too easily, believe it or not. This is a very unique and special album.
Swamp Thing is a highlight, yes, so is the great post-punk pop/rock of Mad Jack, the sing-a-long Childhood, Tears, Soul In Isolation, Seriocity, In Answer...I better stop, I'll end up naming every track.
For my money, this is pretty much the best the Chameleons ever got. That may be because I prefer the sentimental, poignant aspects of the music most.
If you've got everything by The Smiths, if you like post-punk music, atmospheric, guitar song oriented music of the 80s...whatever...BUY THIS ALBUM.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Did I Miss This?
Great CD!!! I can't believe this came out in the 80's. This is better than %90 percent of the music out there right now. All of the Chameleons CD's are great. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2003 by KC
5.0 out of 5 stars A Longtime Favorite
This is one of those rare albums that no matter how much my musical tastes change, I still enjoy. It's a shame that The Chameleons didn't get the attention they deserved back when... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2003 by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange & Beautiful
I can't say enough about this album. It's got a signature guitar sound, 80's sound production, unique vocals, dark lyrics. It's a very memorable recording from start to finish. Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Fullcrum loves Chameleons :)
This CD is very good, not great though. Swamp thing, Tears and Mad Jack did make it to boston radio way back when (WFNX radio) no one heard of the chameleons. Read more
Published on April 13 2002 by "fullcrum115"
5.0 out of 5 stars Hated it, now I love it.
Of all the albums I've purchased in the past, this was one of the hardest to get into. I was initially disappointed, since it sounded so much different than their previous two... Read more
Published on March 13 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite
I originally picked this up for 2 bucks used because I thought the cover looked cool. Best 2 bucks I've ever spent. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangetimes: Excellent music, especially the lyrics.
The Chameleons should only be compared to great bands in conversation. If you like great lyrics, this is probably a band with the best lyrics I've ever come across. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2001 by Tony Ukena
5.0 out of 5 stars An Underlooked Gem
Strange Times is one of those records I always go to in times of crisis. What some reviewers call pompous delivery by vocalist Mark Burgess I call honesty. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2000 by K. Hernandez
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