Color Blind Rock: "Cult of Personality" Living Colour (1988)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
September 2, 2016 12:58pm CST
Living Colour was unique for being the only non-reggae all black group played on the alternative new wave radio station I listened to. Far from Motown and R&B, Living Colour began as an alternative hard rock band whose songs would become more politically and socially charged. The bottom line is they were just guys who wanted to rock. I heard band members interviewed on radio and they explained they were just rock and roll lovers and musicians who happened to be black. The group was founded in New York in 1984 by leader Vernon Reid (guitar) who was joined by Corey Glover (vocals), Muzz Skillings (bass) and Will Calhoun (drums) who were the most successful lineup. Their debut album “Vivid” was a big seller (#6) and the single “Cult of Personality” proved Living Colour’s biggest hit charting at Billboard Hot 100 #13. The song is solid with modern, hard and alternative influence plus some fine guitar play.
From Living Colour's opening set on the 1988 MTV New Music Assault Tour, filmed live at Auburn University on October 20, 1988, "Cult of Personality."
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