What’s Your Favourite Colour?

20 years.  4 albums.  That’s the way it goes sometimes.  And that’s the way it’s been for Living Colour, the groundbreaking African-American rock band, who busted out in a huge way with their breakthrough hit “Cult of Personality”, off their debut album Vivid in 1988.

The New York band has had its share of difficulties over the years after its initial success (check out their allmusic biography here), but persistence pays off and their 5th studio album, The Chair In The Doorway, was finally released this fall.  And, hey, whad’ya know – reviews are solid too.

Living Colour

Living Colour

New York Magazine caught up with guitarist and founder Vernon Reid along with singer Corey Glover, who breaks down the good vibes within the band these days thusly: “It used to be that Vernon and I were constantly fighting for attention. But we complement each other. Vernon is never going to be able to sing like me, and I’m never going to play guitar like him.”

Amen to that – for proof, go find Vivid and play that record front to back.  There aren’t many who can play guitar like Vernon Reid or sing like Corey Glover.  After all this time, it’s great to hear these two collaborate once again.

NPR has made it easy to check out some of the new material for yourself by streaming the band’s recent session on WNYC’s Soundcheck. 

Great stuff.  Living Colour may never again open shows for The Rolling Stones, but their performances are no less relevant than they were two decades ago.  And – best of all – no danger of catching them in spandex ever again.

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~ by acm213 on October 21, 2009.

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