LIVING COLOUR

Funk Metal / Hard Rock • United States
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Living Colour is an American heavy metal band from New York City, formed in 1984. Stylistically, the band's music is a creative fusion influenced by free jazz, funk, hip hop, 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.

Early years (1983 – 1986)

Living Colour was formed in New York City in 1983 by guitarist Vernon Reid. They grew out of the Black Rock Coalition, a non-profit organization founded by (among others) Reid for black musicians interested in playing rock music. Reid, British-born but a longtime New York resident, was well known on the downtown New York jazz scenes courtesy of his tenure in Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society. A guitarist of unnerving technique and speed, he assembled a number of bands under the name Living Colour from 1983 to 1986. Early band members
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Legacy 2010
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Living Colour - ShadeLiving Colour - Shade
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Time'S UpTime'S Up
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Time's UpTime's Up
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StainStain
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Live from CBGBs [VINYL]Live from CBGBs [VINYL]
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LIVING COLOUR albums / top albums

LIVING COLOUR Vivid album cover 3.85 | 13 ratings
Vivid
Funk Metal 1988
LIVING COLOUR Time's Up album cover 3.91 | 13 ratings
Time's Up
Funk Metal 1990
LIVING COLOUR Stain album cover 4.47 | 12 ratings
Stain
Funk Metal 1993
LIVING COLOUR Collideøscope album cover 3.42 | 6 ratings
Collideøscope
Funk Metal 2003
LIVING COLOUR The Chair In The Doorway album cover 3.56 | 5 ratings
The Chair In The Doorway
Funk Metal 2009
LIVING COLOUR Shade album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shade
Hard Rock 2017

LIVING COLOUR EPs & splits

LIVING COLOUR Biscuits album cover 3.12 | 4 ratings
Biscuits
Funk Metal 1991
LIVING COLOUR Who Shot Ya album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Who Shot Ya
Funk Metal 2016

LIVING COLOUR live albums

LIVING COLOUR Dread album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Dread
Funk Metal 1993
LIVING COLOUR Live From CBGB's album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live From CBGB's
Funk Metal 2004
LIVING COLOUR Instant Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Instant Live
Funk Metal 2005
LIVING COLOUR The Paris Concert album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
The Paris Concert
Funk Metal 2009

LIVING COLOUR demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

LIVING COLOUR re-issues & compilations

LIVING COLOUR Pride album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Pride
Funk Metal 1995
LIVING COLOUR Super Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Super Hits
Funk Metal 1998
LIVING COLOUR Play It Loud! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Play It Loud!
Funk Metal 1998
LIVING COLOUR What's Your Favorite Color? album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
What's Your Favorite Color?
Funk Metal 2005
LIVING COLOUR Everything Is Possible: The Very Best Of Living Colour album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Everything Is Possible: The Very Best Of Living Colour
Funk Metal 2006

LIVING COLOUR singles (16)

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Cult Of Personality
Funk Metal 1988
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Middle Man
Funk Metal 1988
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Glamour Boys
Funk Metal 1989
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Open Letter (To A Landlord)
Funk Metal 1989
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Funny Vibe
Funk Metal 1989
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Type
Funk Metal 1990
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Love Rears Its Ugly Head
Funk Metal 1991
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Solace Of You
Funk Metal 1991
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Elvis Is Dead
Funk Metal 1991
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Talkin' Loud And Sayin' Nothing
Funk Metal 1991
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Ausländer
Funk Metal 1993
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Leave It Alone
Funk Metal 1993
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Bi
Funk Metal 1993
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Nothingness
Funk Metal 1993
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Sunshine Of Your Love
Funk Metal 1994
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Behind The Sun
Funk Metal 2009

LIVING COLOUR movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Primer
Funk Metal 1989
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Time Tunnel
Funk Metal 1991
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Video Hits
Funk Metal 2006
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On Stage At World Cafe Live
Funk Metal 2007
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2.50 | 1 ratings
The Paris Concert
Funk Metal 2008

LIVING COLOUR Reviews

LIVING COLOUR Stain

Album · 1993 · Funk Metal
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Like the preceding Time's Up, Living Colour's Stain doesn't quite deliver up a standout song on the level of the anthemic Cult of Personality, and like Time's Up it adds even more thrash metal influence to the band's funk and jazz-tinged metal foundations. In fact, the dial on the harder-edged and darker influences is dialled up enough to elevate the album above Time's Up somewhat - whilst there's no smash hit on there, there's also a substantially higher level of quality overall, and in terms of the heaviness and complexity of the material involved they aren't quite as enamoured of technical complexity as jazz-death outfits like Atheist were at the time, but they wouldn't be embarrassed sharing a stage with them either.

LIVING COLOUR Time's Up

Album · 1990 · Funk Metal
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Living Colour's Time's Up finds the pioneering funk metal unit steering further into more experimental turf. The upshot of this is that there's no one standout hit here like Cult of Personality was for the debut album, but the album is worth digging deep into if you are keen on the idea of funk and jazz/fusion influences being combined with a metal approach.

There's just a pinch of thrash influence here too, enough so that whilst they never quite cross the line into the sort of jazz-death metal that the likes of Atheist were pioneering at around this time, at the same time the two bands could easily have opened for each other and it wouldn't have been entirely incongruous. Both, after all, were attempting to combine the technical complexity and chops of jazz with the power and force of metal - it's just that Living Colour had a bit more of a funky approach to the experiment.

LIVING COLOUR Vivid

Album · 1988 · Funk Metal
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Regardless of whether you were in on the Living Colour bandwagon from the beginning or came to them late because you happened to hear Cult of Personality used as CM Punk's entrance music, there's no denying that Vivid delivers exactly what its title promises: a bright, vibrant new musical sound.

Taking funk metal a bit further than fellow pioneers like Faith No More had managed and adding a few honest-to-goodness jazz fusion influences allowed Living Colour to achieve a sound that's truly ahead of its time; I was astonished to discover that this came out in 1988 when it sounds like it'd have been just as fresh and new had it come out any time in the coming decade. With socially conscious lyrics matched with excellent musicianship, Living Colour's debut might start flagging towards the end, and the rest of the album never quite hits the heights of Cult of Personality - but I'd describe that as a five-star song leading off a solidly three-and-a-half to four-star album.

LIVING COLOUR Who Shot Ya

EP · 2016 · Funk Metal
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For quite a while now, fans have been eagerly waiting for a new release from funky alternative metal act Living Colour. While Shade, their first studio album since 2009's The Chair in the Doorway, isn't due out until 2017, the band has released a little EP to occupy the patient fans while they wait.

Who Shot Ya consists of two cover tunes and one original track. The title track is a cover of the Biggie Smalls song of the same name, which may come as a surprise. Living Colour gives their own twist on the classic rap track, blending their normal funk rock/metal sound with the hip-hop nature of the original. My favorite on the album is "This Place Hotel", a cover of the Jackson 5 song. Again, Living Colour really makes this song their own mixing the originals already funky beat with heavy rock guitars. Corey Glover's vocals on this track are especially fantastic.

The one original track is "Regrets", which has that trademark heavy and funky Living Colour sound. Technically there are 12 tracks on the EP, but tracks 4-12 are all either remixes or instrumental versions of the three songs on the release. These kind of songs are usually filler, and are no different here.

If you're already a fan itching to hear some new Living Colour, this is a pretty good EP. If you're looking to get into the band, an EP of mostly covers probably wouldn't be the best choice though. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

LIVING COLOUR The Chair In The Doorway

Album · 2009 · Funk Metal
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Six long years after their previous albums and 20 years after their debut, LIVING COLOUR finally got around to releasing their fifth studio album THE CHAIR IN THE DOORWAY in 2009 on their new label Megaforce Records. On board are three original members found on their debut “Vivid” including Corey Clover on vocals, Vernon Reid on guitar and Will Calhoun on drums. Only bassist Doug Wimbish is a newer part of the band but has a rock n funk bass style that really adds to the overall sound the band is going for. Known for their unique brand of alternative metal riffing with nice funk and jazz elements, CHAIR IN THE DOORWAY sees the band not steering too far away from what started all the way back on “Vivid.” LIVING COLOUR is one of those bands that seems to be getting better as time goes on and these tracks have never sounded tighter or more sprinkled with interesting “COLOURS.”

LIVING COLOUR has always been a hit and miss band for me. I find every album worth owning for each contains some excellent and exciting tracks but each contains a bunch of duds as well. On THE CHAIR IN THE DOORWAY i feel the band has finally conjured up a strong batch of songs that are for the most part well constructed, respectably performed while not deviating from their standard brand of alternative metal riffs with nice funky grooves accented with Reid’s slightly dissonant soloing technique and Corey Clover’s instantly recognizable singing style.

Despite the improved consistency in their songwriting skills, what really keeps this album from being rated much higher is the awful production. While i have been reading that it is pretty bad, i find these claims to often be exaggerated at least for my tolerance level. In this case all the criticism is true indeed. This album is paper thin in the production department. It sounds like one of those cheap substandard stereo system where one of the speakers is not working resulting in a very tinny mono type of sound. It ends up feeling hollow and seriously lacking in bite.

While i have to admit that i do have a weak spot for lo-fi black metal, this is not something that i can honestly say i had in mind! The music in this case truly deserves a much better rendering as to make the brilliancy shine. Also worth mentioning is that although their are 11 tracks listed on the packaging there are two hidden tracks. Track 12 is an annoying 4:33 of silence (i HATE these!!!!) and track 13 is a catchy bluesy number called “Asshole.” A would be 4 star album robbed a half a star for the unacceptable production. Masterpieces in production can be created in a bathroom with meager amounts of affordable machinery these days for fuck’s sake. What happened here? I still enjoy the music despite it all but a major disappointment to say the least.

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LittleBig wrote:
more than 2 years ago
great band, i'm surely glad to see them featured here on MMA.
Raff wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Well done, guys! I am a big fan of this fantastic band, and it's great to see them here at last.

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