Bookended by Cats was named after Milo and Otis. They are the short, orange, and furry brothers who, upon entering our lives in 2003, often bookended us on our couch. And who are we? We're a geek couple living in PA. We love music, movies, TV, comics, books, and comic cons. And, from time to time, we'll share our thoughts on these nerdy things.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Friday 80s Flashback for October 2, 2020

[Basically Chameleons] -- 35 years ago this week, English post-punk rockers The Chameleons released their sophomore studio album, What Does Anything mean? Basically. With only one single, "Singing Rule Britannia (While the Walls Close In)," this album was well liked by many critics. However, its wall of sound -- featuring digital delays, pedals, and other studio wizardry -- was a bit too much production for some fans, and other critics (even as recently as 2003, it has been called "as half-baked as its title"). I find it to be a great record to have spinning in the background. Speaking of finding the record, I'm pretty certain I found my copy in the discount bin at a record store that used to be on College Ave. in downtown State College, PA. Yes, I bought it on vinyl. And, yes, I still have the LP record (and it's not scratched). So, to celebrate this album's 35th anniversary, let's spin the whole thing!

FlashbackWhat Does Anything mean? Basically (full album)

01. 00:00 Silence, Sea and Sky 02. 02:01 Perfume Garden 03. 06:41 Intrigue in Tangiers 04. 11:59 Return of the Roughnecks 05. 15:27 Singing Rule Britannia 06. 19:47 On the Beach 07. 24:01 Looking Inwardly 08. 28:35 One Flesh 09. 33:02 Home Is Where the Heart Is 10. 38:57 P.S. Goodbye Bonus Track 11. 42:02 In Shreds 12. 46:14 Nostalgia

That's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.

I'll see you in seven! 

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