Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Living Colour is Chair men of the board

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click to enlarge OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Living Colour’s The Chair in the Doorway drops Sept. 15.
  • OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Living Colour’s The Chair in the Doorway drops Sept. 15.

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After being more or less discovered by Mick Jagger in the late ’80s, Living Colour’s flurry of colored braids and screeching guitars quickly became part of the American musical consciousness. The group’s double-platinum 1988 debut Vivid, which featured hits such as “Cult of Personality” and “Glamour Boys,” mixed funk metal, hard rock and socio-political lyrics and made it one of the era’s most popular black rock bands. Many fans felt the group saved its strongest work for 1990’s Time’s Up, but neither it nor 1993’s Stain lived up to commercial expectations. Frustrated with poor album sales and ferocious infighting between band members, Epic dropped the group and its members retreated into hibernation.

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