tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd review

09/12/2016 : THE CHAMELEONS - Live Shreds

THE CHAMELEONS

Live Shreds

MusicCD
Post Punk

[89/100]   

Cleopatra Records
09/12/2016, Didier BECU

I really have no clue if this album is still available or not, but then again you just have to click some buttons on Discogs and some days later it’ll land at your door mat, so why worry. Live Shreds is actually a compilation that features live recordings of two gigs that the Manchester boys played in their early days.

The CD starts with Mark Burgess introducing himself as Hi, we’re The Chameleons. A quite modest intro as the real truth could have been words like Hi, we’re the greatest band of the world if only you would listen. But you have to accept things as they are, and so The Chameleons start as they really are: direct, powerful, with lyrics that explode right in your face. Paper Tigers (although incorrectly printed on the sleeve as Paper Tiger) is all about melancholy. Post-punk like post-punk never sounded before!

You forget the average recording quality of this CD once Pleasure And Pain begins. This madness, this laughter. Outward feelings I can’t control, Those coloured lights are leading me, sings Mark while the guitars of Reg Smithies and Dave Fielding do the rest. Perfect? You bet!

It’s actually an old recording (1983, to be exact), and so A Person Isn’t Safe Anywhere These Days is still announced with the original title Men Of Steel. Words that remind you of Superman? Well in a way they do, and so the song feels like you’re flying somewhere up in the sky, looking down on everything, seeing things others don’t (unless you’re a Chameleons fan).

Next one is Years Ago. You don’t know this song? You do, as it’s just the working title of Thursday’s Child, one of the songs of Script Of The Bridge that taught you what real melancholy stands for. The hard drums by John Lever are like arrows that go straight through your poor mind, and they hurt! Wave goodbye to the child and life, it seems, is colder, mumbles Mark and no, it’s quite impossible to find something that hits harder than this.

And then In Shreds, which is surely the most underrated punk anthem ever written. Okay, the sound quality gets worse by each track, but is there something more moving than to hear a man scream the touching words: Ignored by you all, I stumble and fall, I suddenly knew my life meant nothing at all? Mark was just 23 then, and he was already marked by the cruel beast that’s called nostalgia.

Don’t Fall is of course the ultimate Chameleons anthem, it’s their Blitzkrieg Pop moment so to speak. Punk, hard, without any compromise and especially with words that matter.

Second Skin is that song about drugs. You reach the point when you know it's only your second skin. No further comment needed.

The CD ends with three tracks that were recorded one year earlier. All of them are plugged from the gig at The Gallery Club in Manchester. Two uptempo punk pop songs (or something like that): Up The Down Escalator and Monkeyland.

Eleven tracks is just too short to show why The Chameleons was (or is) the greatest band ever. But this CD is worth having for As High As You Can Go alone, a song that Manchester’s finest rarely played. A band to embrace, and then to never let go...

Didier BECU
09/12/2016


Music reviews

14
06
TERMINAL SERIOUS
Gift For You
10
06
SAMHAIN
Experiment
09
06
CELESTIAL NORTH
When The Gods Dance
12
05
SHE HATES EMOTIONS
Space and time
11
05
THIS CAN HURT
A Darker Shade Of Blue
22
04
DEAD MAN'S HILL
Inner Journeys Through The Living Temples Of Water

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

16
06
44 years ago Suicide performed their legendary '23 minutes over Brussels'!
15
06
Roobanok: new talent on SkyQode
15
06
Today it’s exactly 43 years ago since Joy Division released their debut studio album Unknown Pleasures (15 June 1979).
14
06
Industrial band, The Royal Ritual addresses organized religion ethics with debut LP, /Martyrs/
14
06
TELESKOP releases new EP on Progress Productions
13
06
Toxikk Deception releases new album through DSBP Records

Concert reviews

14
06
WULF7 + THE JUGGERNAUTS
11/06/2022 - LIVE AT THE BAROCK - BRUGGE
14
06
'N TALES, INTERZONE, GROUND NERO
At B52 Club Eeernegem
24
05
STAATSEINDE
Staatseinde live @Kinky Star - 14 mei 2022
13
05
WUK
A try-out that became a book...
21
10
NICK CAVE
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - 2021 Tour - Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp- 20/10/2021

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

18
05
PUSSY RIOT
Unfortunately, everyone only understood what Putin is like when he started a war in Ukraine.
18
05
HAGAR THE WOMB
Now we know the audience will help us out when we forget the lyrics.
18
05
HETZE
We all work with homeless people on a daily basis and we try to be actively involved in their struggle.
20
04
NINO SABLE
I am not a friend of boxed content...
13
04
ECHO ROAD
'There was no easy way or any shortcut to be taken in terms of producing something truly representative of the human experience. We simply had to ‘just do it'.'

PHOTOS

23
06
THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN
Trix Antwerpen
22
06
MONROE SUPPORT ALICE COOPER
Mitsubishi Electric Halle Düsseldorf
22
06
ALICE COOPER
Mitsubishi Electric Halle Düsseldorf
21
06
EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN
AB Brussel
19
06
GARY NUMAN
New Waves Day Oberhausen
19
06
PINK TURNS BLUE
New Waves Day Oberhausen
19
06
THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX
New Waves Day Oberhausen

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

25
06
CIRCLE OF DUST
Outside In
24
06
LUH
Beneath The Concrete
23
06
EARTHSET
SO WHAT!?
22
06
DIORAMA
ZSA
21
06
MIEL NOIR
L’ennemi
20
06
POESIE NOIRE
Déjà Vu
19
06
SLITHERUM
Godbox Suicide