"Living Colour" is a hard rock group formed in New York city in 1984 by African American musicians. 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, funk, heavy metal, free jazz, hardcore punk and hip hop. They are linked to the 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. They 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.
Living Colour grew out of the Black Rock Coalition-- an organization started by (among others) guitarist Vernon 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 before settling on this quartet-- bassist ...
|years active||1984–1994, 2001–present|
|country||New York City, USA|
|music genre||Hard Rock, Heavy metal music|
|current members|| Corey Glover (1984-present)|
Vernon Reid (1984-present)
Doug Wimbish (1992-present)
Will Calhoun (1984-present)
|past members||Muzz Skillings (1984-1992)|