Look in my eyes, what do you see?Living Colour is an American Funk Metal band from New York City, formed in 1983. A prominent black band of that movement, which also included Jane's Addiction, Faith No More, Fishbone, Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 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 Heavy Metal, Funk, Hard Rock, Free Jazz, Hardcore Punk, and Hip-Hop, 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 In Living Color!. If it helps: Living Colour use the British spelling of "colour," and the TV show uses the American one.
The cult of personality
The cult of personality
"Cult of Personality"
- Corey Glover - Vocals
- Vernon Reid - Guitar
- Muzz Skillings - Bass (1988-1992)
- Doug Wimbish - Bass (1992-present)
- Will Calhoun - Drums
- Vivid (1988)
- Time's Up (1990)
- Stain (1993)
- Collideøscope (2003)
- The Chair in the Doorway (2009)
"Look in my eyes, what do you see, the tropes of personality:"
- Bi the Way: "Bi," in which the singer discovers that he and his girlfriend have both been cheating with the same woman.
- Canon Discontinuity: Time's Up, Biscuits, and Stain are all out of print.
- Cover Version: "Memories Can't Wait" on Vivid, "Sunshine of Your Love" for the True Lies soundtrack, "Crosstown Traffic," and "Back in Black" from, ironically, their first reunion album Collideøscope.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster : 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.
- "Elvis is Dead."
- Green Aesop: "Time's Up."
- Hydra Problem: From "Glamour Boys:""The glamour boys whole life is a gambleThey might get over or fall flat on their faceBut if one does, there's no need to worryAnother g-boy will take his place"
- Instrumentals: "Ology."
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: 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).
- Pop-Culture Isolation: Criticised in the song "Wall."
- Protest Song: "Open Letter to a Landlord," "Time's Up," "Funny Vibe," "Which Way to America?", etc.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I'M! THE! CULT! OF! PER! SON! AL...ITYYYY!"
- Sampling: Hit single "Cult of Personality" samples speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Malcolm X.
- Scary Black Man: 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"
- Silly Love Songs: "I Want to Know" and "Solace of You."
- Anti-Love Song: "Love Rears Its Ugly Head."
- Singer Namedrop: "What's Your Favorite Color?""What's your favorite color baby?
- Special Guest: Guest vocalists have included Chuck D and Flavor Flav ("Funny Vibe"), Queen Latifah ("Under Cover of Darkness"), and Little Richard ("Elvis is Dead").
- Spoken Word in Music: In "Cult of Personality." See Sampling, above.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: "Love Rears Its Ugly Head" is about hoping it stays unresolved.
- War Is Hell: From "Fight the Fight:""Well, war is hell, peace is hell, love is hell"
- Written by the Winners:"History's a lie that they teach you in school" ("Pride")