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 Janes Addiction
, Faith No More
, Red Hot Chili Peppers
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 Heavy Metal
, 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
- 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)
- Collide°scope (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 album back Collide°scope.
- 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"
- One-Hit Wonder: For "Cult of Personality". Although "Glamour Boys" also reached the top 40, that song may not even be their second most-well known song.
- Hydra Problem: 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"
- 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!"
- Revival by Commercialization: "Cult of Personality" popped up in Guitar Hero III and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but when pro wrestler CM Punk switched to this theme (which he used in Ring of Honor) in 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 WrestleMania 29 for CM Punk, to which WWE wholeheartedly agreed.
- 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", "Solace of You"
- 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.
- War Is Hell: From "Fight the Fight":
"Well, war is hell, peace is hell, love is hell"