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John Lever, The Chameleons Drummer, Has Passed Away

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John Lever, the powerful rhythmic force behind cult band The Chameleons, has died after a short period of illness.


Group co-founder Mark Burgess posted the sad news on Facebook yesterday.


Lever played on the band’s first three albums –  Script Of The Bridge (1983), What Does Anything Mean? Basically (1985), and Strange Times (1986) – helping to forge a cult following for the Mancunian post-punk act.


Tributes to Lever have poured in from the musical world, including the following from Clint Boon, which showcases the band’s unique, miasmic sound – as well as Lever’s rock-solid contribution – on 1986’s “Swamp Thing”:

One of the defining records of my 16 years at @South_Club. Swamp Thing by The Chameleons. Goodnight John Lever xxx https://t.co/HBuFUNvUbh

— Clint Boon (@therealboon) March 13, 2017