Script of the Bridge

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Script of the Bridge
Studio album by The Chameleons
Released 1 August 1983
Recorded 1983 at Cargo Studios, Rochdale, England
Genre Post-punk, gothic rock
Length 57:17
Label Statik
Producer The Chameleons, Colin Richardson
The Chameleons chronology
Script of the Bridge
(1983)
What Does Anything Mean? Basically
(1985)
Singles from Script of the Bridge
  1. "Don't Fall"
    Released: 1 January 1983 (France)
  2. "Up the Down Escalator"
    Released: 1 January 1983 (Germany)
  3. "One Flesh"
    Released: 1 January 1985 (France)
  4. "As High as You Can Go"
    Released: 1 February 1983
  5. "A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days"
    Released: 1 June 1983

Script of the Bridge is the debut studio album by English post-punk band The Chameleons, released 1 August 1983 on record label Statik. Two singles from the album were released in the UK, "As High as You Can Go" and "A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days".

Background[edit]

A sample of dialogue from the 1946 film Two Sisters from Boston[1] is used as the introduction to the album's first track, "Don't Fall". According to The Chameleons' official website, "[the band] had a mike set up to a television and they recorded random bits, presumably for use in some songs."[2]

Release[edit]

Three singles were released to promote the album on 1 January 1983 by Statik; "Don't Fall" and "One Flesh" were released in France,[3][4] and "Up the Down Escalator" was released in Germany.[5] The album's first UK single was "As High as You Can Go", released on 1 February.[6] The second and final single released was "A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days" on 1 June.[7]

Script of the Bridge was released 1 August 1983 on record label Statik.[8] The US release on MCA records omitted "Here Today", "Less Than Human", "Paper Tigers" and "View from a Hill".

The album was later released as a limited-edition picture disc by Statik Records in 1985.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[9]
Yahoo! favourable[10]
Sounds ***¾[11]
Trouser Press mixed[12]

Script of the Bridge has been well received by critics. AllMusic praised the album, writing, "Script remains a high-water mark of what can generally be called post-punk music; an hour's worth of one amazing song after another", calling it "practically a greatest-hits record on its own".[9] Yahoo!'s Timothy Sexton asserts that the album "must certainly rank among the top twenty albums of the 1980s".[10] Chris Jenkins, in the book The Rough Guide to Rock, called the album "such an impressive record that The Chameleons would struggle to emulate it".[13]

Trouser Press was slightly less favourable, writing that it "isn't a great album", but "has very appealing moments".[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by The Chameleons (Mark Burgess, Dave Fielding, Reg Smithies, John Lever). 

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Don't Fall"   4:06
2. "Here Today"   3:50
3. "Monkeyland"   5:24
4. "Second Skin"   6:50
5. "Up the Down Escalator"   3:57
6. "Less Than Human"   4:12
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Pleasure and Pain"   5:11
2. "Thursday's Child"   3:22
3. "As High as You Can Go"   3:35
4. "A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days"   5:43
5. "Paper Tigers"   4:16
6. "View from a Hill"   6:41

Personnel[edit]

The Chameleons
  • Mark Burgess – bass guitar, vocals
  • Dave Fielding – guitar
  • Reg Smithies – guitar
  • John Lever – drums
Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Two Sisters from Boston (1946) – Quotes – IMDb". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
    "In His Autumn Before the Winter Comes Mans Last Surge of Youth – YouTube". YouTube. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Chameleons – Band – Frequently Asked Questions". The Chameleons. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Chameleons – Releases". The Chameleons. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Chameleons – Releases". The Chameleons. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Chameleons – Releases". The Chameleons. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Chameleons – Releases". The Chameleons. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Chameleons – Releases". The Chameleons. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Chameleons – Releases". The Chameleons. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Script of the Bridge – The Chameleons UK : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Sexton, Timothy (29 August 2006). "Script of the Bridge by The Chameleons: '80s Made Music That Speaks to Today – Yahoo! Voices – voices.yahoo.com". Yahoo! Voices. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Linfield, Carole (1 August 1983). "'Script of the Bridge' (Statik STAT LP 17) ***¾". Sounds. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Robbins, Ira; Rabid, Jack. "trouserpress.com :: Chameleons (UK)". Trouser Press. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Buckley, Peter, ed. (1 November 2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 182. ISBN 1843531054. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 

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