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->''Look in my eyes, what do you see?\\
The cult of personality''
-->"Cult of Personality"

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 1980's, Living Colour rose to fame with their debut album ''Vivid'' in 1988. Stylistically, the band's music is a creative fusion influenced by 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.'' 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)
* ''Collideøscope'' (2003)
* ''Everything is Possible: The Very Best of Living Colour'' (2006) (GreatestHits album)
* ''The Chair in the Doorway'' (2009)
* ''Shade'' (2017)

!! "Look in my eyes, what do you see, the tropes of personality:"

* AntiLoveSong: "Love Rears Its Ugly Head."
* AntiPoliceSong: "This Little Pig," which also repeats "SeeYouInHell."
* BiTheWay: "Bi," in which the singer discovers that he and his girlfriend have both been cheating with the same woman.
* 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]]" on ''Collideøscope.''
* 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."
* 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."
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Usually 6-7, occasionally reaching a borderline 8. They also have the odd song that falls lower on the scale ("Solace of You" is a good example of this, being a pretty solid 3).
* PopCultureIsolation: [[InvokedTrope Criticised]] in the song "Wall."
* ProtestSong: "Open Letter to a Landlord," "Time's Up," "Funny Vibe," "Which Way to America?", etc.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "I'M! THE! CULT! OF! PER! SON! AL...ITYYYY!"
* {{Sampling}}: Hit single "Cult of Personality" samples speeches by UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt, UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, and UsefulNotes/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" and "Solace of You."
* 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.
* StalkerWithACrush: "I Want to Know" is sung in the perspective of one.
* TriangRelations: The second verse of "Bi" has the "mutual affairs" varaint of type 8:
-->''My lover told me, well, that she's bi.''\\
''I wanted to scream, there were tears in my eyes!''\\
''She said "Baby! Baby. Don't you cry...''\\
'''Cause the one I am with, you've been seeing on the side.''
* TogetherInDeath: The song ''Flying''; Told from the perspective of a man who gets the nerve to ask out a woman in the World Trade Center moments before the first plane hits, and the couple then jump from the burning building to their deaths
* UnresolvedSexualTension: "Love Rears Its Ugly Head" is about hoping it stays unresolved.
* WarIsHell: From "Fight the Fight:"
-->"Well, war is hell, peace is hell, love is hell"
* WrittenByTheWinners:
-->"History's a lie that they teach you in school" ("Pride")