The first in a series of custom-made books by critically acclaimed artist Iman Kakai-Lazell, featuring icons of the world of arts and entertainment. Each hardback and hand sewn book will feature rare and unseen photos, manipulated and re-imagined, with original lyrics and confessions from each subject, presented in a way never seen before.
Each series will be extremely limited and will never be repressed. All initial copies will be signed by artist and curator.
“In these series of confessions, lines and lyrics desires come through in a form of dreams, events and more... the individual is able to express themselves in a way they haven’t been able to... and more importantly for me to add my interpretation to each piece... I hope you love reading these as much as I have creating them... No 1. ~ I present... Mark Burgess” - Iman Kakai-Lazell
The atmospheric post-punk pop band The Chameleons formed in Manchester, England, in 1981: vocalist/bassist Mark Burgess, guitarists Reg Smithies and Dave Fielding and drummer John Lever. After establishing themselves with a series of high-profile BBC sessions, The Chameleons signed to Epic and debuted with the EP ‘Nostalgia’, a tense, moody set produced by Steve Lillywhite which featured the single ‘In Shreds’. The quartet were soon released from their contract with Epic but then signed to Statik and returned in 1983 with the band’s first fulllength, ‘Script of the Bridge’.
‘What Does Anything Mean? Basically’ followed in 1985 and with it came a new reliance on stylish production. Following its release, The Chameleons signed to Geffen and emerged the following year with ‘Strange Times’. The dark, complex record proved to be The Chameleons’ finale, however, when they split following the sudden death of manager Tony Fletcher. Burgess and Smithies now continue under touring under the guise ChameleonsVox.
The Chameleons have had influences on many artists, including The Flaming Lips, The Killers, Interpol, The Editors, Slowdive, The National, The Verve, Moby and Oasis. ‘Strange Time’ especially seems to be an influence on main songwriter Noel Gallagher, who posted on his Instagram account, citing The Chameleons as an early influence on his songwriting: “I’d forgotten how much ‘Strange Times’ meant to me. It came out in ‘86. I was 19!! I’ve been listening to it every day since and I have to say it’s blown my mind, again! It must have influenced my early years as a song writer because I can hear ME in it everywhere!!”