Chamaelon Church

Band members               Related acts

- Chevy Chase - drums, keyboards, vocals

- Kyle Garrahan - guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals

- Ted Myers - guitar, vocals

- Tony Scheuren  guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals



- Chevy Chase (solo efforts)

- Kyle Garrahan (solo efforts)

- The Lost (Kyle Garrahan and Ted Myers)

- Ted Meyers (solo efforts)

- National Lampoon (Tony Scheuren)

- Ultimate Spinach (Ted Meyers and Tony Scheuren)

- Saturday Night Live (Chevy Chase)





Genre: psych

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Chamaeleon Church

Company: MGM

Catalog: SE 4574

Year: 1968

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG-/VG

Comments: cut out hole lower left corner; minor cut out notch bottom seam

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 

Price: $30.00


Can't say we know all that much about this outfit's history.  Multi-instrumentalist Kyle Garrahan and guitarist Ted Myers had been in The Lost (see separate entry), before hooking up with drummer Chevy Chase and multi-instrumentalist Tony Scheuren.  In the process of trying to develop the Bosstown sound, the quartet attracted the attention of manager/producer Alan Lorber, who promptly signed them to MGM.


For some reason, this one-LP outfit seems to command little respect from the collecting community.  It may have something to do with the fact they're lumped together with other mid-60s' Bosstown rejects, or perhaps has something to do with the fact future SNL star Chevy Chase was the band's drummer.  Whatever the reason, it's a shame since 1968's "Chamaeleon Church" offers up a wonderful set of harmony rich, "flower pop" and lite psych.  Largely written by guitarist Ted Meyers, tracks such as "Come Into Your Life", "Blueberry Park" and "" bare more than a passing resemblance to the likes of Millennium and The Left Banke, though without the latter's Baroque touches.  Sounding like it was ripped from a Simon and Garfunkel, to our ears  the standout track is the ballad "Camilla Is Changing".  The track was also released as a single under MGM catalog K 13929. 


"Chamaeleon Church" track listing:

1.) Come Into Your Life   (Ted Myers - Tony Scheuren) - 2:16

2.) Camillia Is Changing   (Ted Myers - Tony Scheuren) - 4:11

3.) Spring This Year   (Ted Myers) - 4:15

4.) Blueberry Pie   (Ted Myers) - 3:30

5.) Remembering's All I Can Do   (Ted Myers) - 4:00

6.) Flowers In the Field   (Ted Myers) - 2:33

7.) Here's a Song   (Ted Myers) - 2:02

8.) In a Kindly Way   (Ted Myers) - 3:05

9.) Tompkins Square Park   (Ted Myers - Tony Scheuren) - 3:02

10.) Picking Up the Pieces   (Ted Myers) - 2:15

11.) Off with the Old   (Ted Myers) - 4:20


Garragan subsequently embarked on a brief solo career, while Meyers and Scheuren reappeared as members of Ultimate Spinach.  Meyers also has a short-lived solo career, while Scheuren hooked up with National Lampoon.  We don't need to tell you about Chase's post-Chamaeleon Church work.