Strange Times is the Chameleon's finest hour. The drone-guitar intro to "Mad Jack" makes you want to turn the volume up, whilst the desperate-sounding vocals of "Caution" summon up the blood. My all-time favourite line from a song comes from "Childhood" - "let's drink to freedom and family ties; here's to the bags that are under your eyes". Excellent!
The Chameleons were/are often compared with the Beatles. Musically, they do not sound alike but when one studies the evolution of the bands music one can see why. Strange Times is perhaps the Chameleons "Sgt. Pepper" or perhaps the "White Album", but without the shit tracks!
So what sort of music is Strange Times? Well, the most similar band of recent times to sound like the Chameleons are the Kitchens of Distinction. However, there are an incredible numbmer of bands with audible influences of the Chameleons: Blur, Suede, Ride, Ash etc.
In short, buy this album, listen to it LOUD, annoy your neighbours, take up guitar.