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— The first trailer (with the Twin Towers) was withdrawn after 911.
“Release The Pressure” (December 28, 2001)
— Living Colour @ The (Orlando) House Of Blues
Living Colour’s first single (“Funny Vibe”) was included on, but released before, the band’s 1988 debut album Vivid. Considering controversies surrounding the New York City police department’s “stop and frisk” policy, a growing trend of unjustified deadly force in law enforcement, and the rise and popularity of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, the band has appropriately kept “Funny Vibe” a regular in its new-Millennium sets.
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(((video))) b/ dave hogerty
Release The Pressure was an unreleased tune on Pride, the last Living Colour album/disc released after the band’s breakup. This performance was at the Orlando House of Blues, (December 28, 2001) just before the Reunion Tour’s last show, New Year’s Eve, back home in New York City.
2001 — Other than Christmas Week (2000) at CBGB, it had been seven years since Vernon, Corey, Will, and Doug had played together when they reunited for a national tour in 2001.
With a new, post-apocalyptic attitude, Living Colour went about its reformation with a renewed, democratic, and improvisational spirit. Early set lists were an eclectic mix of Living Colour’s past, and exhibitions of each band member’s individual style and musical direction. Early shows included Jimi Hendrix, Sunday-Ready Gospel, Danceable Funk, and usually, a long, rhythmic, instrumental section, with a Middle Eastern, Trippy, Ambient Vibe, reminiscent of Doug and Will’s Head>>Fake project.
“Back In Black“
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2OO3 — Feeling good (and inspired) after finishing the 2001 reunion tour in New York City, the band started writing with Living Colour in mind, and after a relatively short while, they moved into the studio to work on a fourth album, the second with Wimbish on bass. Some called CollideOscope schizophrenic, with tunes fitting the more traditional, Hard Rock, Living Colour formula (“Back In Black”), while others had more of a dub/industrial (Head>>Fake) feeling (“Lost Halo”) DON’T SHOOT.
Despite mixed reviews, a consensus, among critics regarding CollideOscope, was praising Vernon’s hauntingly sweet recollection of the 9-11 attack on the Twin Towers called “Flying.”
The 9-11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York City put an abrupt halt to Living Colour’s reunion tour and while watching the horrific event on television, Reid wrote “Flying,” what most critics sited as the highlight of the band’s fourth studio album, CollideOscope.
“Back In The U.S.S.R.“
Music For Linda (for Paul McCartney)
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Always Welcome In England
This Time, Paul McCartney Went Along For The Ride.
2O14 — Doug Wimbish recruited a number of his longest musical collaborators, including Living Colour, Tack>>Head, and The SugarHill Gang (Rapper’s Delight) to record Music for Linda, the (2014) EP he produced for Paul McCartney.
With the ascendance of Donald Trump, Living Colour’s first (Grammy Award-winning) single, “Cult of Personality,” makes more sense today, 35 years after its release. And who could have seen the irony of it’s 2014 cover of the Beatles’ “Back In The U.S.S.R.” today, now knowing how fond Donald Trump is of Vladimir Putin, his dominatrix.
Lies, Porn, and Insurrection.
This Is Not America (David Bowie)
Composed, Written, Filmed, and Zoomed in Skolnick’s Brooklyn apartment during the pandemic.
2020 — September 27
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2016 — The year America finally forgot about that George (“I never tell a lie”) Washington, and made way for the self-proclaimed “Greatest President of All Time” Donald (“I never let the truth stop me”) Trump. AMEN, and once again, the Ku Klux Klan was FREE. Free to spread its Arrogant, Anti-American, Gun-Worshiping Message of White Supremacy, Conspiracy Theories, Misinformation, and Hate.
“A Soldier’s Blues”
LIVING COLOUR (1989) New York City @ CBGB
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— video by dave hogerty (originalnoise.org)
Living Colour, Public Enemy, and The Roots were invited to play a concert, celebrating the opening of The Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of African American Arts & Culture. They closed the day in the shadow of the Washington Monument, where, earlier that afternoon, Barack Obama addressing a crowd that filled the west end of The National Mall in Washington D.C.
Truth be told.
“Who Shot Ya?,” a song on Living Colour’s sixth studio album, Shade, was released early, so the band could voice its feelings regardingopinion regarding the completion of Shade , Living Colour’s sixth studio album, Shade,
Living Colour released “Who Shot Ya?”
BECAUSE LIVING COLOUR ALWAYS HAS SOMETHING TO SAY.
• LIVING COLOUR / still relevant after all these years
• LIVING COLOUR 1 / a vivid start
• LIVING COLOUR 2 / post-apocalyptic reunion
• LIVING COLOUR 3 / back in the USSR
• LIVING COLOUR 4 / “who shot ya?”
• BACK TO [LC] THE BEGINNING
— music b/ Doug Wimbish
— painting b/ LindaZacks
— photography b/ DaveHogerty OriginalNoise.Org
Washington D.C. [Sept. 24, 2016]
@ The Museum of African American History and Culture.
— photography b/ daVe. (OriginalNoise.Org)
“Imagine” (intro) b/ Corey Glover
— The Rhythm Of The Games (Olympics) 1996
“Two Sides” Shade b/ Living Colour
— National Museum of African American History and Culture (Sept. 24, 2016)
— Doug Wimbish
— painting b/LindaZacks /
— photography b/DaveHogerty / OriginalNoise.Org
• BACK TO LIVING COLOUR
• Corey Glover #2
From Russia With Love
Living Colour‘s first record (Vivid), and its first tour (“Steel Wheels” w/ Rolling Stones), were more than thirty years ago, but today, in a Trump-scarred America, the band’s message remains relevant — especially 1989’s Grammy Award-winning “Cult Of Personality.”
A fact that makes it that much more frustrating for the band, when more-and-more frequently, those in the music industry want to sell, market, and book Living Colour as a “Classic” or “Legend” act.
“I’m living this shit everyday,” Corey Glover says confidently.“We’re as relevant today, as we’ve ever been.”