Color Blind Rock: "Cult of Personality" Living Colour (1988)

@JohnRoberts (44566)
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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@JolietJake (45337)
• Olney, Illinois
3 Sep 16
And once again I go "I have that album"
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@JolietJake (45337)
• Olney, Illinois
3 Sep 16
I really like 'Middle Man'
@JohnRoberts (44566)
• Los Angeles, California
3 Sep 16
What 70s, 80s albums don't you have!
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@JolietJake (45337)
• Olney, Illinois
3 Sep 16
@JohnRoberts Um...the first Rush...I haven't found it again yet
@teamfreak16 (37827)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
4 Sep 16
These guys rocked. Too bad everyone saw them as a "black" rock band instead of just a "good" rock band. This is a series? Going to be fun!
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@JohnRoberts (44566)
• Los Angeles, California
4 Sep 16
No, not a series. Just a one off.
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@teamfreak16 (37827)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
4 Sep 16
@JohnRoberts Ah, too bad. Could have been fun and thought provoking. Then again, Living Color would've landed much higher than 10.
@JolietJake (45337)
• Olney, Illinois
5 Sep 16
"Ask not what your country can do for you" Had to pull it out this morning, it's been popping in and out of my brain soundtrack since you posted this
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@Ronrybs (6938)
• London, England
4 Sep 16
Certain I heard them, but couldn't name a track
@maezee (29485)
• United States
3 Sep 16
Interesting info. I really love this song, for some reason it surprises me that its frpm 1988. For some reason was thinking it was newer than that
@Hanyouyomi (1931)
• Dallas, Texas
3 Sep 16
Woah, Cult Of Personality is as old as me? I didn't know that! O_O