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Weekly Music Roundup

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I’ve been on something of a kick for the past week, binging through the first three albums by The Chameleons, and it has been great. Very few bands have released a 3-album run as good as The Chameleons run during the mid eighties: 1983’s Script of the Bridge, 1985’s What Does Anything Mean? Basically, and 1986’s Strange Times.

The Chameleons never managed to find the pop-culture success or popularity of many of their post-punk contemporaries. Bands like Joy Division, The Smiths and The Cure penetrated the mainstream consciousness, achieving a name-brand recognition and persistent level of radio airplay that seemed out of the question for The Chameleons for most of the intervening 3 decades. But in the last 10 years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the band, largely fostered by online music communities giving several “cult” post-punk bands a chance to reach much larger audiences. This led Blue Apple Records to remaster and re-release their albums between 2009 and 2012.

Last year, I decided to treat myself and purchased their remastered discography: I find myself coming back to it again and again, and it just seems to get better.

Some other albums I’ve been listening to this week: