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Original line-up.

"And during the few moments that we have left, we want to talk right down to Earth in a language that everybody here can easily understand."
Malcolm X as sampled in the opening of "Cult of Personality"

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 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, 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 1990 and is also known these days for being the entrance theme of professional wrestler CM Punk, and their highest-charting single "Type". They were also named Best New Artist at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. They disbanded in 1995 but reunited in 2000 and have been active since.

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.


  • 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)
  • Everything is Possible: The Very Best of Living Colour (2006) (Greatest Hits album)
  • The Chair in the Doorway (2009)
  • Shade (2017)

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