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The Chameleons UK – Swamp Thing / John, I’m Only Dancing (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 31st, 2014


A. Front

Happy Halloween!

“Swamp Thing” is a 1986 single by English post-punk band The Chameleons (known as The Chameleons UK in the United States). “Swamp Thing” was the second single released from the bands third album Strange Times. The single was backed with a cover of David Bowie’s “John, I’m Only Dancing”. In the U.K. “Swamp Thing” debuted on the New Musical Express chart on September 13, 1986 peaking at #82.

Swamp Thing (Edit) 4:54
Written-By – Fielding*, Lever*, Burgess*, Smithies*

John, I’m Only Dancing 2:27
Written-By – Bowie*

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Geffen Records ‎– PRO-A-2576
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1986
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, New Wave

Engineer – Mark Saunders
Producer – Dave M. Allen*

Produced by Dave M. Allen for Palace Productions.
“Swamp Thing” from The Chameleons UK album “Strange Times”.
Promotional Copy Not For Sale.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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14 Responses to “The Chameleons UK – Swamp Thing / John, I’m Only Dancing (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Happy Halloween Paul!! I hope you have a frighteningly fun haunted holiday.

    I don’t know this record, but I am looking forward to downloading the track to check it out. I absolutely love the cover art. Sometimes, I’m really drawn to the picture on the sleeve which makes me want to buy the record!! Knowing you, this track is gonna be great because you have a fantastic knack to pick music that is, frankly put…..AWESOME!!

    Thanks for this month’s spooky releases. A lot I wasn’t familiar with and I really appreciated that. I love making new discoveries, especially when they are exposed to me in outstanking quality!! Like yesterday’s post, I had no idea about that song, and because of you, I really, really like it. I played it for my boss who DJs part time and he flipped for it. He said it was the first “Halloween record” he’s heard all season long. Wants to do a remix with M.J.’s “Thriller” and might use Vincent Price’s unused verse which was on “Thriller’s” anniversary album on his mix. Should be cool. But anyway, thank you for the tricks & the treats for this year MMXIV a.d. You ROCK DjPaulT!!!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff please do let me know if your boss does a mix i’d love to hear it. “Swamp Thing” is pretty cool and like you I am drawn to cover art. If it has a cool sleeve I will probably buy it 🙂 It’s not really a scary song but a really nice 80’s alternative track. Love the b-side too. Have a safe and hauntingly fun Halloween.



  2. mothoop Says:

    A stone cold classic. This track was a mainstay on college radio and in clubs in western New York and Ontario way back when. A wonderful group who I was fortunate enough to see live twice, in support of Strange Times, and during the album’s 25th anniversary tour. You’re right, not a scary song necessarily, but what a haunting melody! BTW Reg Smithies, the band’s guitarist did the artwork for most of the band’s LP sleeves. Happy Halloween and thank you as always Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Mothloop. I remember hearing this track quite a bit on college radio. It’s a puty it didn’t do well in the US. I love the band.


  3. ex15 Says:

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks don’t know this one, but look forward to listening..

    You mentioned a little while back about comments on Friday, being few, not sure if it applies to every nation, but here in the UK it’s the most popular night out, hence the focus on other things!!

    Thanks as always for the rip, Paul 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ex15. You could be right 🙂


  4. Gomorrahmy Says:

    Wow! Many thanks for this one! The Chameleons are one of my favorite bands and I’ve never heard the edit of Swamp Thing before.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Gomorrahmy 🙂


  5. artcalz Says:

    A wholeheartedly thanks for this upload, this is one of my beloved groups. I can’t wait to hear your treatment on this vinyl. Thanks again, mister.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Artcalz 🙂


  6. Tyson Says:

    Thanks Paul, this is one of my favorite songs! I too had no idea there was an edit!


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  9. Jermajesty Says:

    An excellent finalé! Thanks. 🙂


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