Not gone, and definitely not forgotten. Living Colour is a hard rock group formed in New York city in 1984. They signed to Epic Records in 1987, and released their first album Vivid in 1988.
Stylistically their music is a creative fusion influenced by guitar-based rock such as hardcore punk and heavy metal, and traditional African-American music such as jazz, funk and hip-hop. They are linked to the punk/funk/metal movement of the late 1980s typified by bands such as Fishbone, Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, and 24-7 Spyz.
Living Colour are best remembered for the hit “Cult of Personality,” which won a Grammy Award for best hard rock performance in 1989. They were also named Best New Artist at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
The band’s first two albums bassist Muzz Skillings contributed to the music, before leaving in 1992, due to creative differences. The band was inactive from 1995-2000, and since their return in 2003, have operated as a regular touring unit. Releasing one new studio release, Collide0scope, one compilation of b-sides & rarities, and one live album from their early performances at the now mythical CBGB’s.
All four band members have released solo albums and session work, Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun also are in both Jungle Funk and Head>>Fake, Corey Glover is also doing musical theatre, Vernon Reid has several projects, and Wimbish also has returned to various projects related to his other longstanding collaborators Adrian Sherwood, Keith LeBlanc and Skip McDonald.
Living Colour’s new album, The Chair In The Doorway (Megaforce/P-Vine) is receiving unanimous praise from fans and critics alike, including 4-stars in Rolling Stone, and hailed as “an album that rivals the NYC quartet’s seminal early work two decades ago” by the Associated Press.