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Living Colour

During the 1980s, rock had become completely segregated and predictable, the opposite of the late '60s/early '70s, when such musically and ethnically varied artists as Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone, and Santana ruled the Earth. But bands such as New York's Living Colour helped break down the doors by the end of the '80s, leading to a much more open-minded musical landscape that would eventually pave the way for future bands (Rage Against the Machine, Sevendust, etc.). The group (singer Corey Glover, guitarist Vernon Reid, bassist Muzz Skillings, and drummer Will Calhoun) first formed in the mid-'80s, with Reid being the only member with real prior band experience; he was a member of Ronald Shannon Jackson's experimental jazz outfit, and had recorded with Defunkt, Public Enemy, as well as issuing a solo album with Bill Frisell, 1984's Smash & Scatteration.

It took the fledgling band a few years for their sound to gel, as they honed their act at N.Y.C.'s famed CBGB's. But the group found an unlikely supporter in Mick Jagger, who took the band under his wing, produced a demo for the quartet, and helped them secure a record deal with Epic (just prior, Glover had to take a brief leave of absence from the band, as he landed a role in Oliver Stone's Vietnam War epic movie, Platoon). Living Colour's debut album, Vivid, was issued in the summer of 1988, yet it would take a few months for momentum to build. By the winter, the band's striking video for their anthem "Cult of Personality" was all over MTV, pushing Vivid to the upper reaches of the charts and to platinum certification. Living Colour also took home their first of several Grammy Awards, as "Cult" won Best Hard Rock Performance at the 1989 ceremony, and the band supported the release with a string of dates opening stadiums for the Rolling Stones' first U.S. tour in eight years that autumn.

Starting with Vivid and continuing on future albums, the band showed that rock could still convey a message (as evidenced by such tracks as "Open Letter to a Landlord," "Funny Vibe," among others). The quartet regrouped a year later for their sophomore effort, Time's Up, an album that performed respectably on the charts but failed to live up to the expectations of their smash debut. An appearance at the inaugural Lollapalooza tour in the summer of 1991 kept the group in the public's eye, as did an EP of outtakes, Biscuits. Skillings left the group shortly thereafter (replaced by studio vet Doug Wimbish), as their darkest and most challenging release yet, Stain, was issued in 1993. Although it failed to sell as well as its predecessors, it retained the band's large and dedicated following, as Living Colour appeared to be entering an interesting and groundbreaking new musical phase of their career. The band began writing the following year for what would be their fourth full-length, but an inability to settle on a single musical direction caused friction between the members, leading to Living Colour's demise in early 1995.

In the wake of Living Colour's split, all of its former members pursued other projects. Reid issued a solo album, 1996's Mistaken Identity (as well as guesting on other artists recordings), while Glover attempted to launch a career as a solo artist, issuing the overlooked Hymns in 1998 and finding time to appear as a VJ on VH1 and acting in the 1996 movie Loose Women. Calhoun and Wimbish remained together and launched a new outfit, the drum'n'bass-inspired Jungle Funk, who issued a self-titled debut release in 1997 (Wimbish also issued a solo album, Trippy Notes for Bass, in 1999). With Living Colour out of commission for several years by the early 21st century, Calhoun and Wimbish teamed up once more with Glover in a new outfit, Headfake, playing often in the New York City area. A few days before Christmas in 2000, Headfake played a show at CBGB's, and were joined on-stage by Reid, which led to rumors of an impending Living Colour reunion. The rumors proved to be true, as Living Colour launched their first tour together in six years during the summer of 2001. In 2003, Living Colour returned with a deal with Sanctuary and their most experimental release to date, Collideøscope. Two years later the rarities collection What's Your Favorite Color? was released, followed by Everything Is Possible: The Very Best of Living Colour in 2006 and the all new Chair in the Doorway in 2009. ~ Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Chair In The Doorway

1. Burned Bridges

2. The Chair

3. Decadance

4. Young Man

5. Method

6. Behind The Sun

7. Bless Those

8. Hard Times

9. Taught Me

10. Out Of Mind

11. Not Tomorrow

13. A**hole

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Track List: The Paris Concert

Disc 1

1. Type (Live)

2. Middle Man (Live)

3. Funny Vibe (Live)

4. Song Without Sin (Live)

5. Nova/Wall (Live)

6. Sacred Ground (Live)

7. Memories Can't Wait (Live)

8. Papa Was A Rolling Stone (Live)

9. Glamour Boys (Live)

10. Crosstown Traffic (Live)

Disc 2

1. Go Away (Live)

2. Either Way (Live)

3. Ignorance Is Bliss (Live)

4. Drum Solo (Live)

5. Flying (Live)

6. Love Rears Its Ugly Head (Live)

7. Cult Of Personality (Live)

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Track List: Pride

1. Pride

2. Release The Pressure

3. Sacred Ground

4. Visions

5. Love Rears Its Ugly Head (Soulpower Remix)

6. These Are Happy Times

7. Memories Can't Wait (Live)

8. Cult Of Personality

9. Funny Vibe

10. WTFF

11. Glamour Boys

12. Open Letter To A Landlord

13. Solace Of You

14. Nothingness

15. Type

16. Time's Up

17. What's Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song)

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Track List: Stain

1. Go Away

2. Ignorance Is Bliss

3. Leave It Alone

4. Bi

5. Mind Your Own Business

6. Auslander

7. Never Satisfied

8. Nothingness

9. Postman

10. Wtff

11. This Little Pig

12. Hemp

13. Wall

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Track List: Vivid

1. Cult Of Personality

2. I Want To Know

3. Middle Man

4. Desperate People

5. Open Letter (To A Landlord)

6. Funny Vibe

7. Memories Can't Wait

8. Broken Hearts

9. Glamour Boys

10. What's Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song)

11. Which Way To America

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Track List: Time's Up

1. Time's Up

2. History Lesson

3. Pride

4. Love Rears It's Ugly Head

5. New Jack Theme

6. Someone Like You

7. Elvis Is Dead

8. Type

9. Information Overload

10. Under Cover Of Darkness

11. Ology

12. Fight The Fight

13. Tag Team Partners

14. Solace Of You

15. This Is The Life

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Track List: Who Shot Ya

1. Who Shot Ya

2. Regrets

3. This Place Hotel

4. Who Shot Ya (Andre Betts Remix) [Feat. Prodigal Sunn, Black Thought, Chuck D, Pharoahe Monch, Kyle Mansa & Sandy Starr]

5. Who Shot Ya? (EDM Remix) [Feat. Niro Barnes & Divine Styler]

7. Who Shot Ya (Instrumental Version)

8. Regrets (Instrumental Version)

9. This Place Hotel (Instrumental Version)

10. Who Shot Ya (Andre Betts Remix) [Instrumental Version]

11. Who Shot Ya (Edm Remix) [Instrumental Version]

12. Who Shot Yah (Adrian Sherwood And Matt Smyth Remix) [Dub]

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nylesfrench7
Gorgeous beautiful tune. Lyrics are touching Poetic power, tender, and rocking Funk to boot.
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Cm punk sucks he's gonna get whooped in ufc
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Vernon Reid is God.
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Hey
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Those riffs
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HoTDanGiT
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This explains my lack of bliss lately :/
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I lobe WWE
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Wwe the miz
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Or Phil brooks is king
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PUNK IS KING
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cm punk!!!
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2016 in Oakland, California. Yo!
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DX V.S. CM Punk in a death match ✌
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CM Punk,CM Punk
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Still awesome.
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The WWE are stupid for letting go two great superstars go.cm punk& his Fine looking wife aj lee. Long live Chicagos own cm punk
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nylesfrench7
PEACE FRENCHY

My Favorite Band strikes again. BADASS musicians GREAT Poetry and lyrically dynamic. Relevant S**T needs more AIR TIME. !!!!!!!!
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CM Punk
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CM Punk Sucks
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UnderTaker V. S. You CM Punk
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Yo yo Wuz Up ?
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Loved this song before cm punk but now I love it even more
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Reid Rocks!
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ryanl9847
CM PUNK!
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Cm punk cm punk cm punk the Best In The World
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Cm Punk and Guitar Hero III
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Cm Punk
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I saw them in November of 89 when they toured with the Stones.. Steel Wheels tour.. They absolutely KILLED it!!! IMHO, they stole the show from Mick and the boys..
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I know RIGHT!
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I now right
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Am i the only one was suprised when I found out that they were black...I was always like they sound like they are white.
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Watch for "Shade," Living Colour's next album. Coming soon!
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Seen them a ton of times! one of the best rock bands out there!
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They are the best black metal
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They are still killing it!
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Only you can set you free. Think of what it means.
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mkeenan4561
Stain is real heavy, but my fav is Time's Up - the quintessenti a l Living Color record - heavy funky serious funny..
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rmhbaron
One of the most influential, yet not given the respect they have earned. Cory has one of the most powerful voices in rock and has been a major influence to current great bands such as Sevendust. I'm really glad I just rediscovered them. It's been a while you guys, but I was there when they hit the scene back in the 80's and remember staring at MTV asking where these guys came from and thankful for bringing some vibe to 80's rock.
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This is one of the most underrated groups around. Vernon Reid is one of most talented guitarist around....an d what more could I say about Cory's vocals. Unlike most 80s rock bands they're still around kicking a**. Living Colour forever.
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Vernon Reid melts my brain every time.
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I just added this because I just wanted to her cm punk theme song
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anoakumame
CM PUNK...CM PUNK...CM PUNK!
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Wow this goes waay back man!
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Saw these guys in Oct 2103.....Pla y e d Vivid in it's entirety.... I ' v e seen a lot of shows in my lifetime..Th i s may have been top 3 ever!Definit e l y , best sounding...B r i n g earplugs!LOU D !
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One of the all-time greats...
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Great song from an awesome band!
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great band.
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Their rhythm section is amazing.
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