It’s a bit of an odd thing to end up being the source of news about one of your favourite bands that you’d rather be reading about than writing, but here we are. The Chameleons continue their interesting/frustrating habit of putting out new releases without going to too much trouble to let people know about them
None of the band’s, Mark Burgess‘, or Reg Smithies Twitter accounts are maintained with any kind of regularity – the former hasn’t been touched in 13 years and Smithies seems to have only created his for a Listening Party in 2020 – and their Facebook… well, I guess that’s the single source of news about releases, including the one I’m griping about (hits subscribe) but I would note that it says nothing about the band’s postponed dates with The Mission this October, nor their “replacement” dates supporting She Wants Revenge in November. But I digress.
Dali’s Picture and Aufführung In Berlin were both originally released in 1993, the former a collection of studio recordings that predate Script Of The Bridge, and the latter a live show at Loft in Berlin in December 1983. And while individual issues of both exist, they were also compiled and released as a double-album that same year. It’s this edition that was remastered and re-released last week, complete with new artwork by guitarist Reg Smithies, and the title track from which I’m sharing because unlike some of the other songs, which would appear in different forms in later releases, it never made proper album despite being a strong enough song that the band used is as one of their demos sent out to prospective labels.