Living Colour

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Living Colour
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Living Colour is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1984. Led by guitarist Vernon Reid, the bands lineup solidified in the mid-80's w/ Corey Glover (vocals), Will Calhoun (drums) and Muzz Skillings (bass). Stylistically, the band's music is a creative fusion influenced by free jazz, funk, hard rock and heavy metal. Their lyrics range from the personal to the political, in some of the latter cases attacking Eurocentrism and racism in America.

The band’s debut album, “Vivid,” was released in 1988 on Epic Records. The album reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was later certified double platinum by the RIAA. It featured “Cult of Personality,” a #13 hit on the Billboard 200 Singles chart as well as the Top 40 hit, “Glamour Boys.” “Cult of Personality” went on to earn the band their first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.

In 1990 the band's second full-length album, “Time's Up,” was released and reached #13 on the Billboard 200 while certifying gold. It won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Album and featured guest appearances by Queen Latifah, Little Richard, Doug E. Fresh, and Maceo Parker.

Living Colour released the 6-song EP, "Biscuits" which coincided with the inaugural Lollapalooza tour in the summer of 1991.

Skillings left the band in the summer of 1992, replaced by session veteran and Sugarhill Records bass player Doug Wimbish.

“Stain,” their third LP, was released in 1993 by Epic. Reaching #26 on the Billboard 200, the album had a much heavier and aggressive sound, containing elements of thrash metal and industrial music while receiving a Grammy nomination for 'Leave It Alone'.

After a split in 1995, Living Colour returned in December 2000 and began recording “Collideøscope”. Released in 2003, the album featured aggressive lyrics, with many of the songs about the September 11 attacks. It also contained cover versions of AC/DC's “Back in Black” and The Beatles' “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

Their first release on Megaforce Records, “The Chair in the Doorway,” was issued in 2009 and reached #159 on the Billboard 200 charged by the single 'Behind The Sun'

In 2013, the band celebrated the 25th anniversary of 'Vivid' w/ a world tour crossing North and South Americas, Europe, and Japan, including the Soundwave festival in Australia.

The root of Living Colour's next album, came from a performance of Robert Johnson's "Preachin' Blues" at the 100th Anniversary Birthday celebration at the legendary Apollo in New York City.

Released on September 8, 2017, ‘Shade’ is the sound of a band coming to terms with its shadows and light,” says founder Vernon Reid. “From the blue pulpit of Robert Johnson to the mean red streets of Brooklyn... ‘Shade’ is the next chapter of a unique American journey.”
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Living Colour Discography Tracks

Albums

Living Colour - Vivid album art Living Colour Vivid (Album) Epic, Epic Canada 1988 Sell This Version
89-17 Living Colour / Love And Rockets Living Colour / Love And Rockets - Love & Rockets / Living Colour(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One 89-17 US 1989 Sell This Version
Living Colour - Time's Up album art Living Colour Time's Up (Album) Epic US 1990 Sell This Version
I 90-16 Living Colour - In Concert album art Living Colour, The Black Crowes Living Colour, The Black Crowes - In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One I 90-16 US 1990 Sell This Version
W 90-42 Living Colour - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner  album art Living Colour Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner (2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One W 90-42 US 1990 Sell This Version
none Living Colour - Live From Electric Ladyland album art Living Colour Live From Electric Ladyland(CD, Album, Transcription) The Album Network none US 1991 Sell This Version
W 91-05 Living Colour - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner  album art Living Colour Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner (2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One W 91-05 US 1991 Sell This Version
Living Colour - Stain album art Living Colour Stain (Album) Epic 1992 Sell This Version
Living Colour - Collideøscope album art Living Colour Collideøscope (Album) Mayan Records US 2003 Sell This Version
Living Colour - Live From CBGB's album art Living Colour Live From CBGB's (Album) Epic Europe 2004 Sell This Version
none Living Colour - Avalon - Boston, MA 10/17/04 album art Living Colour Avalon - Boston, MA 10/17/04(CD, Album) Instant Live none US 2004 Sell This Version
Living Colour - Live August 19, 2005 - CBGB OMFUG Masters: The Bowery Collection album art Living Colour Live August 19, 2005 - CBGB OMFUG Masters: The Bowery Collection (Album) MVD Audio Canada 2008 Sell This Version
Living Colour - The Chair In The Doorway album art Living Colour The Chair In The Doorway (Album) Megaforce Records Brazil 2009 Sell This Version
INAK 9093 2CD Living Colour - The Paris Concert album art Living Colour The Paris Concert(2xCD, Album) in-akustik INAK 9093 2CD Germany 2009 Sell This Version
A 773583 Living Colour - Extended Versions album art Living Colour Extended Versions(CD, Album) Sony Music Commercial Music Group A 773583 US 2010 Sell This Version
none Living Colour - Vivid "25" Live @ The Paradise album art Living Colour Vivid "25" Live @ The Paradise(CD, Album, Ltd) Not On Label none US 2013 Sell This Version
Living Colour - Shade album art Living Colour Shade (Album) Megaforce Records US 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Living Colour - Middle Man album art Living Colour Middle Man (Single, Maxi) Epic US 1988 Sell This Version
Living Colour - Glamour Boys album art Living Colour Glamour Boys (Single, Maxi, EP) Epic UK 1988 Sell This Version
Living Colour - Cult Of Personality album art Living Colour Cult Of Personality (Single, Maxi) Epic US 1988 Sell This Version
SAMPCD 1315 Living Colour - The Live CD3 album art Living Colour The Live CD3(CD, Mini, Ltd, Promo) Epic SAMPCD 1315 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
49 73107 Living Colour - Funny Vibe album art Living Colour Funny Vibe(12") Epic 49 73107 US 1988 Sell This Version
52.166 Living Colour - Glamour Boys / 2300 Jackson Street album art Living Colour, The Jacksons Living Colour, The Jacksons - Glamour Boys / 2300 Jackson Street(12", Promo) CBS 52.166 Brazil 1988 Sell This Version
EAS 1414 Living Colour - What's Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song) album art Living Colour What's Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song)(12", Promo) Epic EAS 1414 US 1988 Sell This Version
Living Colour - Open Letter (To A Landlord) album art Living Colour Open Letter (To A Landlord) (Single) Epic, Epic US 1988 Sell This Version