Tony Skinkis

Tomorrow - Remember Yesterday


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A stunning collection of rare & candid photo’ taken on the road, on stage, back stage & rehearsals by long time friend & part-time band member & manager, Tony Skinkis, documenting the iconic Manchester Post-Punk band, The Chameleons from 1980, up until 2020 as their latest incarnation as Chameleons Vox...
This is the first time many of these photo’s have been seen and have been lovingly collated in cahoots with Moochin’ About...

My fascination for photography began in 1966 when I got my first camera a Kodak instamatic, I've been taking photos ever since, for me photography has always been about capturing the moment " a documentary really" to preserve that moment in the blink of a shutter. Photographing The Chameleons has been a big part of that timeline this book is about that period, and I'm eternally grateful to Iman for publishing this book...

"She glances at the photo and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes..." Tony Skinkis

The atmospheric post-punk pop band the Chameleons formed in Manchester, England, in 1981 : vocalist/bassist Mark Burgess, guitarists Reg Smithies & 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 was soon released from its contract with Epic, but then signed to Statik and returned in 1983 with the band's first full-length effort, 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; while 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 on March 22, 2018, he cited The Chameleons as an early influence on his songwriting, quoting '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!!’