[[caption-width-right:316:[[KubrickStare Damon Edge]] and [[AwesomeMcCoolname Helios Creed]]]]

->''"I don't know why I should wait, I don't know why''
->''I've got to find a way, I don't know why''
->''Something you feel inside, I don't know why''
->''Something I feel inside, I don't know why''
->''Waiting at the back door of my mind"''
-->-- "TV As Eyes"

Chrome are an influential {{Industrial}} PostPunk band from UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco. The band, founded in 1975 by the late mastermind Damon Edge (born Thomas Wisse) and recurring bassist Gary Spain, initially played Psychedelic, experimental rock music described by some as "Music/BrianEno meets Music/{{Santana}}". However in 1976, following the addition of effects-overloaded guitar-god Helios Creed, the band began taking in Punk influences and developed into the Industrial Acid Punk for which they are known. Their 1979 album, ''Half Machine Lip Moves'', is widely considered their defining statement.

The band split following the ''3rd From the Sun'' and ''Raining Milk'' albums, after which Edge would continue to use the band name and release more synth-based (and heavily [[DorkAge derided]]) works until his death in 1995. Then in 1997 Helios Creed, who had been experiencing a prolific solo career since 1985, took the Chrome name back and returned it to its noisy Rock roots. The Helios-fronted band has sporadically recorded and performed ever since.

The band's recordings through 1982's ''3rd From the Sun'' were instrumental to the development of Industrial Rock, and the band were directly influential to the likes of Music/CabaretVoltaire, Music/ButtholeSurfers, Music/TheJesusLizard, Music/MyBloodyValentine, Music/NineInchNails, Prong, and Music/PsychicTV.

The band's latest album, ''Feel it Like a Scientist'', was released in August 2014. Previously Helios led a successful campaign to [[http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/chrome buy back unreleased '79-'80 material and put it onto disc]]. The band's current lineup is Helios, Monet Clarke, Tommy Cyborg, Lou Minotti, Aleph Omega, and Steve Fishman.

!!Key Discography
* ''[[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness The Visitation]]'' (1977) - Pre-Helios Creed
!!!Edge/Creed era
* ''Alien Soundtracks'' (1978)
* ''Read Only Memory'' EP (1979)
* ''Half Machine Lip Moves'' (1979)
* ''Red Exposure'' (1980)
* ''Blood on the Moon'' (1981)
* ''3rd From the Sun'' (1982)
* ''No Humans Allowed'' (1982) - Compilation of the "Inworlds" single, two B-sides, and the ''Read Only Memory'' EP.
* ''Raining Milk'' (1983) - Tracks would later be expanded and released as ''Chronicles'' volumes 1 and 2.
!!!Edge era
* ''Into the Eyes of the Zombie King'' (1984)
* ''Another World'' (1986)
* ''Eternity'' (1986)
* ''Dreaming in Sequence'' (1987)
* ''Alien Soundtracks II'' (1988)
* ''Mission of the Entranced'' (1990)
* ''Liquid Forest'' (1990)
* ''One Million Eyes'' (1991)
* ''The Clairaudient Syndrome'' (1994)
!!!Helios era
* ''Retro Transmission'' (1997)
* ''Tidal Forces: No Humans Allowed II'' (1998)
* ''Angel of the Clouds'' (2002) - Includes incomplete recordings from Damon made complete by Helios
* ''Ghost Machine'' (2002)
* ''Half Machine from the Sun, The Lost Chrome Tracks from '79-'80'' (2013) - Unreleased Edge/Creed-era recordings, bought back from the record company with the help of the fans.
* ''Feel it Like a Scientist'' (2014)
!!This band provides examples of:
* ArtisticStimulation: Damon and Helios were heavy drug users, and that comes through in the music. Apparently Helios' signature guitar sound came about from seeing a Music/BlackSabbath show while on Orange Sunshine and Mescaline.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Damon Edge and Helios Creed.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: Twice: first when Helios left and Damon took full control, and second when Damon died and Helios took the name back.
* BreakupBreakout: While no one involved in Chrome ever got famous, Helios has had a particularly lauded solo career.
* CloningBlues: "You've Been Duplicated"
-->''"You've been duplicated''
-->''You've been recreated''
-->''You've been[[{{Beat}} ...]] replaced"''
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Damon and Helios, drug users and futurists. Helios is also an active conspiracy theorist, particularly with [=UFOs=] and space debris.
* {{Corpsing}}: The odd background laughter in "A Cold Clammy Bombing". It's louder than the lead vocals.
* CoverVersion: While the band never did covers, Prong did a live cover of "Armageddon", and Music/TheJesusLizard did a cover medley of "TV as Eyes" and "Abstract Nympho", which they released as the "Chrome" single.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Each album was progressively heavier and more nightmarish than the last during the band's initial run.
* DastardlyDapperDerby: The band in 80's promotional photographs, and in the "New Age" and "Meet You in the Subway" videos, as {{Shout Out}}s to ''Literature/AClockworkOrange''.
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Fans and listeners were more forgiving towards Damon's post-Helios music after his death. They still prefer the records with Helios, though.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: If the album art isn't just a picture of the band, it's this. Damon Edge and Monet Clarke take collage art into insane and incomprehensible territory.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Inverted and played straight with ''The Visitation''. It featured singer Mike Low, who sometimes slipped into a falsetto, and guitarist John Lambdin, who took every chance to make a string-bending Santana-esque guitar solo. However it's also probably their most normal album, featuring no cutting-and-pasting, no heavy guitar processing, and no samples.
* EpicRocking:
** The ''Read Only Memory'' EP is 21 minutes long, and though there are individual tracks, the whole thing runs uninterrupted. The re-release on the ''No Humans Allowed'' compilation takes it UpToEleven, having the entire EP on one track and having it run ''twice'': once normally and then in reverse.
** The individual tracks of the ''Chronicles'' series range from 5 to 17 minutes.
** "Armageddon" from ''3rd from the Sun'' is nearly 9 minutes, and "Mithras" and the title track from ''Retro Transmission'' are 8 and 10 minutes respectively.
* EveryoneHasStandards: ''Alien Soundtracks'' was developed from a set called ''Ultra Soundtracks'', which was recorded for a radical San Francisco strip show. The show rejected it for being ''too'' radical.
* GarageBand: The early years. ''Half Machine Lip Moves'' was recorded in Damon's living room.
* GenreBusting: One of the reasons the band never broke out from the underground was that nobody knew how to market them: they didn't fit into ''anything''.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Chrome Box'', ''Having a Wonderful Time with the Tripods/At Juice Drome''
* HarshVocals: By virtue of heavy processing and lo-fi equipment, and Damon and Helios just generally being unhinged.
* IAmTheBand: Depending on the era, Damon and/or Helios are the primary creative force of the band.
* ICallHerVera: John L. Cyborg, supposedly the band's engineer and third member during the ''Red Exposure'' era, was actually a drum machine.
* IconicItem: The derby hats. Helios switches from solo-Helios Creed to Chrome when playing live just by having his band put on derbies.
* IndecipherableLyrics
* {{Industrial}}: One of the lesser known [[TropeMaker founders of the genre]], and their music was highly influential in the development of Industrial Rock and IndustrialMetal. Helios also claims that they directly influenced Industrial pioneers Music/ThrobbingGristle and Music/CabaretVoltaire. They were also accidental {{Trope Namer}}s in the United States:
-->'''Helios''': "We were also joking around one day and decided our music was ‘Industrial Strength Toilet Bowl Cleaner Music’...so heavy it cleaned the toilet. We told our joke to a radio DJ in an interview and then we also shortened it to Industrial Strength Music. When the DJ signed off he said...'Well there you have it folks, Industrial Music from the band Chrome!'"
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: "Abstract Nympho", "Anorexic Sacrifice".
* IntercourseWithYou: "Something Rhythmic (I Can't Wait)":
-->"I cannot put it off 'til later\\
I need it now\\
I need you tied to my bedpost\\
I can't wait"
* InTheStyleOf: "Electric Chair" is in the style of Music/{{Devo}}.
* LastNoteNightmare: "TV As Eyes" closes a high-energy {{Punk Rock}}/{{Noise Rock}} song with a wall of sampled voices (some normal speed, some chipmunk speed) and a sinister Moog riff. It's basically a warning to the listener exactly what they've gotten themselves into, as the album only gets crazier from there.
* LaughingMad: "Chromosome Damage" ends with some distorted, yet noticeably psychotic laughter.
* LighterAndSofter: The band went in this direction after Creed's departure.
* LongTitle: "Zombie Warfare (Cant Let You Down)", "March of the Chrome Police (A Cold Clammy Bombing)", "Don't Move Like That (Don't Dance Like That)".
* LooksLikeCesare: Damon.
* LyricalDissonance: "March of the Chrome Police (A Cold Clammy Bombing)" is an ode to UsefulNotes/ColdWar paranoia, yet the music is the closest the band ever got to PowerPop.
* KubrickStare: Seemed to be Damon's natural expression
* MadnessMantra: "Time, zero... time, zero... time, zero... [[{{Mondegreen}} time azuhzuh]]...''time azuhzuh''... '''''time azuhzuh!!!'''''"
* MindScrew: Once you've gotten a handle on their crazy music, try making sense of their album covers and promotional artwork.
* MinimalisticCoverArt: The ''[[http://eil.com/images/main/Chrome+-+Inworlds+-+12%22+RECORD%2FMAXI+SINGLE-443377.jpg Inworlds]]'' single, the only cover to feature a mostly untouched photo of the band. Averted with [[MindScrew every other]] [[DesignStudentsOrgasm cover of theirs]].
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Industrial, cut-and-paste, synthesized Acid Punk.
* NewSoundAlbum:
** Each album introduced new elements to the band's sound following the Latin and {{Krautrock}}-tinged ProgressiveRock of ''The Visitation''. ''Alien Soundtracks'' brought in the band's best-known Industrial Acid Punk sound, ''Half Machine Lip Moves'' solidified the sound by focusing on the {{Punk Rock}}/{{Noise Rock}}/cut-and-paste elements, ''Red Exposure'' was more clearly New Wave-influenced, and ''Blood on the Moon'' developed a more IndustrialMetal sound.
** Damon Edge's first post-Helios album, ''Into the Eyes of the Zombie King'', moved the band in a more GothRock, SynthPop sound.
** Helios' first post-Damon album, ''Retro Transmission'', returned the band to Industrial Rock, albeit heavily based on Helios' own solo recordings. Starting with the 2012 single "PROPHECY", the band returned to a mix of all of the sounds from the classic Edge/Creed era.
* NewWaveMusic: Dabbled in it in the "Anti-Fade" and "Meet You in the Subway" tracks from the ''Subterranean Modern'' compilation, the ''Inworlds'' single, and the ''Red Exposure'' album.
* NinjaZombiePirateRobot: "Magnetic Dwarf Reptile".
* NoiseRock
* NoodleIncident: Some of the more-intelligible found audio clips, due to being taken out of context, make you wonder exactly what the context ''was''. For example, this clip from "The Monitors":
-->''"In a moment Pat Stevens, who hates buttermilk, is going to-"''
* PostPunk
* PrecisionFStrike: The final chorus of "A Cold Clammy Bombing"
-->''"A cold clammy bombing''
-->''Will '''shit on'''... your town"''
* PunkRock
* RecordProducer: DIY version
* RevolvingDoorBand: Damon and Helios are the only constant members, depending on the era. The current Helios-led lineup has been mostly stable for the last several years.
* {{Sampling}}:
** Almost everything from ''Alien Soundtracks'' through ''Red Exposure'' has a found audio clip, as do a few other stragglers.
** On the opposite side, Saul Williams sampled "SS Cygni" for his song "Give It Up".
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Rm. 101" opens with the usual cacophony of synth and guitar noise, but then gives way to clean, ambient guitar noodling.
* StageNames: Damon Edge (Thomas Wisse) and Helios Creed (Barry Johnson)
* SynthPop: The post-Helios, Damon-led era through TheEighties.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Their music usually averts this, being very multi-layered and heavily processed, though ''Blood on the Moon'' qualifies by comparison, due to it being the band's most direct, most song/riff-based, and least fussy album.
* TheUnintelligible: Both Damon and Helios run their voices through several effects. Earlier recordings also had the two outright babbling incoherently.
* VocalTagTeam: Both Damon and Helios shared vocals between ''Alien Soundtracks'' and ''Chronicles'', though who did what isn't immediately obvious.
* [[WidgetSeries WAT Band]]: Spacey, chopped-up Acid Punk that could only come from San Francisco's psychedelic underground.
* WordSaladLyrics: [[TheUnintelligible If you can make them out]], the grand majority of their lyrics are nonsensical.
* WordSaladTitle: "TV as Eyes", "Half Machine Lip Moves", "Magnetic Dwarf Reptile", "Pharaoh Chromium", "Unbreakable Flouride Lithium Plastic", "Himalayanelimination".
-->''"Not a flaw, not a miss. You're way on top.''
-->''Like a classic car. A firebomb."''