Living Colour

Living Colour

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Living Colour originally started in 1984 as a side project for guitarist Vernon Reid, who eventually hired Corey Glover on vocals, Muzz Skillings on bass, and Will Calhoun on drums. After spending a few years on the local scene, Living Colour were signed to Epic Records in 1987 and began recording their debut album that same year. The resulting debut, "Vivid", was released in 1988 and managed to debut at number six on the Billboard 200 charts, their highest chart position to date. Thanks to the single "Cult of Personality", "Vivid" eventually achieved double platinum status. By 1989, Living Colour had gained further exposure when they appeared on Saturday Night Live, supported The Rolling Stones and Guns N' Roses on the "Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle" tour and were named Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Living Colour's second album "Time's Up" was released in 1990. The album was as successful as "Vivid", spawning five singles ("Type", "Love Rears Its Ugly Head", "Solace of You", "Elvis Is Dead" and "Pride"), peaking at another higher position on the Billboard 200 charts (#13) and achieving gold status. "Time's Up" eventually won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1991. "Biscuits", an EP containing covers and tracks that were recorded live or unreleased, was also released in 1991 and debuted at lower position at #110 on the Billboard 200 chart. However, the EP's only single "Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing", which is a cover of James Brown, did chart on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks at #12.

After the release of "Biscuits", Skillings left Living Colour in 1992, citing creative differences, and was replaced by Doug Wimbish. The new lineup of Glover, Reid, Wimbish and Calhoun recorded the band's third album "Stain", which was released in 1993. While the album was not as successful as their previous recordings, "Stain" debuted at #26 on the Billboard 200 chart, and the lead single "Leave It Alone" peaked at number four on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, making it their second single to reach a higher position (one of their previous singles "Type" peaked at number three on the same chart). Around 1994, tensions began to surface amongst the band members while working on a fourth album. This resulted in breaking up in 1995, and since then, all the members of Living Colour went to work on their own projects. A compilation album, "Pride", was released posthumously that November and contained four tracks that they recorded for an attempted fourth album.

Living Colour remained defunct until December 21, 2000 when a performance under the name "Head>>Fake w/ special guests" brought the "Stain" lineup back together. The band started playing a series of reunion gigs and "Collideøscope", their first album in 10 years, was released in October 2003. Even though "Collideøscope" was critically praised at the time of its release, it failed to chart. Their next album, "The Chair in the Doorway", surfaced in September 2009. Despite peaking at a lower position at #159 on the Billboard 200 chart, "The Chair in the Doorway" generally received positive reviews.
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Living Colour Discography Tracks

Albums

Living Colour Vivid (Album) Epic Canada 1988 Sell This Version
Living Colour Time's Up (Album) Epic US 1990 Sell This Version
none Living Colour Live From Electric Ladyland(CD, Album, Transcription) The Album Network none US 1991 Sell This Version
Living Colour Stain (Album) Epic 1992 Sell This Version
Living Colour Collideøscope (Album) Mayan Records US 2003 Sell This Version
Living Colour Live From CBGB's (Album) Epic Europe 2004 Sell This Version
none 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) MVD Audio Canada 2008 Sell This Version
Living Colour The Chair In The Doorway (Album) Megaforce Records Brazil 2009 Sell This Version
INAK 9093 2CD Living Colour The Paris Concert(2xCD, Album) in-akustik INAK 9093 2CD Germany 2009 Sell This Version
none Living Colour Vivid "25" Live At The The Paradise(CD, Album, Ltd) Not On Label none US 2013 Sell This Version
Living Colour Shade (Album) Megaforce Records US 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Living Colour Middle Man (Single, Maxi) Epic US 1988 Sell This Version
Living Colour Glamour Boys (Single, Maxi, EP) Epic UK 1988 Sell This Version
Living Colour Cult Of Personality (Single, Maxi) Epic US 1988 Sell This Version
SAMPCD 1315 Living Colour The Live CD3(CD, Mini, Promo, Ltd) Epic SAMPCD 1315 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
49 73107 Living Colour Funny Vibe(12") Epic 49 73107 US 1988 Sell This Version
52.166 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)(12", Promo) Epic EAS 1414 US 1988 Sell This Version
Living Colour Open Letter (To A Landlord) (Single) Epic, Epic US 1988 Sell This Version
XPR1419 Living Colour Live(12") Epic XPR1419 US 1989 Sell This Version
Living Colour Love Rears Its Ugly Head (Single, Maxi) Epic Australia 1990 Sell This Version
Living Colour Type (Single, Maxi) Epic US 1990 Sell This Version
Living Colour Broken Hearts (Single) Epic New Zealand 1990 Sell This Version
Living Colour Elvis Is Dead (Single) Epic Japan 1990 Sell This Version