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[[caption-width-right:345:Original Lineup]]

Living Colour is an American FunkMetal band from UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, formed in 1983. A prominent black band of that movement, which also included Music/JanesAddiction, Music/FaithNoMore, Music/{{Fishbone}}, Music/{{Primus}}, Music/RedHotChiliPeppers and 24-7 Spyz in the late 1980s, Living Colour rose to fame with their debut album ''Vivid'' in 1988. Stylistically, the band's music is a creative fusion influenced by Music/HeavyMetal, {{Funk}}, HardRock, free jazz, HardcorePunk and HipHop, containing lyrics that attack the Eurocentrism and racism of America. Although the band scored a number of hits, they are best remembered for their anthemic single "Cult of Personality", which won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1989, and their highest charting single "Type". They were also named Best New Artist at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. After disbanding in 1995, Living Colour reunited in 2000.

Not to be confused with the American TV show ''[[Series/InLivingColor In Living Color!]]''. If it helps: Living Colour use the British spelling of "colour", and the TV show uses the [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment American]] one.

Members:
* Corey Glover - vocals
* Vernon Reid - guitar
* Muzz Skillings - bass (1988-1992)
* Doug Wimbish - bass (1992-present)
* Will Calhoun - drums

Discography:
* ''Vivid'' (1988)
* ''Time's Up'' (1990)
* ''Stain'' (1993)
* ''Collide°scope'' (2003)
* ''The Chair in the Doorway'' (2009)
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!!"Look in my eyes, what do you see, the tropes of personality":
* BiTheWay: "Bi", in which the singer discovers that he and his girlfriend have both been cheating with the same woman.
* CanonDiscontinuity: ''Time's Up'', ''Biscuits'' and ''Stain'' are all out of print.
* CoverVersion: [[Music/TalkingHeads "Memories Can't Wait"]] on ''Vivid'', [[Music/{{Cream}} "Sunshine of Your Love"]] for the ''Film/TrueLies'' soundtrack, [[Music/JimiHendrix "Crosstown Traffic"]] and [[Music/{{ACDC}} "Back in Black"]] from, ironically, their first album back ''Collide°scope''.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: The character in "New Jack Theme."
* {{Eagleland}}: "Which Way to America?" questions why everything on TV is Type 1 and everything outside the character's window is Type 2.
* [[ElvisLives Elvis is Dead]]
* GreenAesop: "Time's Up"
* OneHitWonder: For "Cult of Personality". Although "Glamour Boys" also reached the top 40, that song may not even be their second most-well known song.
* HydraProblem: From "Glamour Boys"
-->"The glamour boys whole life is a gamble
--> They might get over or fall flat on their face
--> But if one does, there's no need to worry
--> Another g-boy will take his place"
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Ology"
* PopCultureIsolation: [[InvokedTrope Criticised]] in the song "Wall".
* ProtestSong: "Open Letter to a Landlord", "Time's Up," "Funny Vibe," "Which Way to America?", etc.
** AntiPoliceSong: "This Little Pig", which also repeats "SeeYouInHell".
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "I'M! THE! CULT! OF! PER! SON! AL...ITYYYY!"
* RevivalByCommercialization: "Cult of Personality" popped up in ''[[VideoGame/GuitarHero Guitar Hero III]]'' and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', but when pro wrestler Wrestling/CMPunk switched to this theme (which he used in Wrestling/RingOfHonor) in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in the midst of a red-hot storyline and persona change, it resulted in the song cracking the Top 200 on the iTunes download list and increased airplay on major rock stations such as KROQ. As a thankyou, Will Calhoun contacted WWE to perform the song at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 29'' for CM Punk, to which WWE wholeheartedly agreed.
* {{Sampling}}: Hit single "Cult of Personality" samples speeches by UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt, UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, and MalcolmX.
* ScaryBlackMan: Defied; See "Funny Vibe":
-->"No I'm not gonna rob you\\
No I'm not gonna beat you\\
No I'm not gonna rape you"
* SillyLoveSongs: "I Want to Know", "Solace of You"
** AntiLoveSong: "Love Rears Its Ugly Head"
* SingerNamedrop: "What's Your Favorite Color?"
-->"What's your favorite color baby?\\
Living Colour"
* SpecialGuest: Guest vocalists have included [[Music/PublicEnemy Chuck D and Flavor Flav]] ("Funny Vibe"), Music/QueenLatifah ("Under Cover of Darkness") and Music/LittleRichard ([[ElvisHasLeftThePlanet "Elvis Is Dead"]]).
* SpokenWordInMusic: In "Cult of Personality". See Sampling, above.
* WarIsHell: From "Fight the Fight":
--> "Well, war is hell, peace is hell, love is hell"
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