[ 1988 ]

A Band Grows In Brooklyn

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Up On The Roof
b/ Drifters (1962)

— Epic Records Promo (1989)

Muzz Skillings, Vernon Reid, Corey Glover, and Will Calhoun on a rooftop in Brooklyn, New York City. One of the band’s first promotional photographs.

Up on the Roof is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and recorded in 1962 by The Drifters. Released late that year, the disc became a major hit in early 1963, reaching number 5 on the U.S. pop singles chart and number 4 on the U.S. R&B singles chart. In the UK it was a top ten success for singer Kenny Lynch, whose version was also released in 1962.

“Cult Of Personality”
b/ Living Colour Vivid (1988)

— Up On The Roof

Time’s Up, Living Colour’s second album, was mostly written and being edited while the band was on the road with the Stones. Its being released so soon after Vivid and the Steel Wheels Tour, and receiving more critical admiration, did much to improve Living Colour’s already good reputation.

Summer In The City
b/ Ray GomezVolume (1980)

— Do The Right Thing (1989) Spike Lee

In its first year of eligibility to claim its space in the Library of Congress,
Do the Right Thing was deemed “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.”

— Corey Glover

Shelton JacksonSpikeLee
Lee’s films have examined
race relations,
colorism in the black community,
the role of media in contemporary life,
urban crime and poverty,
White Supremacy in America.
and other political issues.

Funny Vibe
b/ Living ColourVivid (1988)

— International Rock Awards (1989)

“Johnny B. Goode” Living Colour plays Chuck Berry’s Rock N Roll anthem at the 69th Street Armory in New York City, at the 1989 International Rock Awards.



— International Rock Awards (1989)

1990 — Almost immediately after opening for the Rolling Stones on their North American Steel Wheels Tour, Living Colour released its second album, Time’s Up.

1991 — Still riding high, and maneuvering well on MTV’s still-influential wave in a visually aware World of Music, Living Colour was invited by Perry Farrell, to play his inaugural Lollapalooza tour, originally intended to be a Jane’s Addiction’s farewell.

1992 — Following Lollapalooza, Living Colour made the decision to embark on a World Tour of its own. From smaller theaters and clubs in Holland, Czech Republic, and Germany, to again playing a stadium, to more than 100,000, in South America, at the Rock Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

1993Darker Days

— OriginalNoise.Org

Back In Black
Many, especially critics and industry professionals, argued that Living Colour’s third record, Stain, was as good as the first two. Different, in that Wimbish brought a “heavier” bass to the Living Colour party, and gave the record a darker edge, but it maintained the band’s level of virtuosity. Stain marked a change of musical direction, but that wasn’t surprising. Since the beginning, Living Colour was known for always playing on the experimental edge of its own making.


— Living Colour post-epic documentary recordings

Biscuits — A collection of energetic live recordings and previously unreleased outtakes and B-sides recorded between 1989 and 1992, the years Muzz Skillings was in the band.

(No)Dread — A collection of live performances, including unplugged, and unreleased songs recorded in 1993 and 1994, after Doug Wimbish had joined the band.



— Living Colour (2010)





Flying In A Blue Dream
b/ Joe Satriani / Steve Vai / Eric Johnson (G3)


— originalnoise.org


YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACKLIVING COLOUR, JOE SATRIANI, and GUNS N’ ROSES were young, gifted, and black (white too). Musically, entering the 1990s was walking into the unknown. Speed Metal and Thrash were moving into the mainstream, and bands like Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer were gaining popularity. Before the ’80s ended, though, three records represented a pulling of the reigns, and a reminder of what was popular about Hard Rock music.

JUL 21, 1987 — As bold and hard as Appetite For Destruction was, Guns N’ Roses was clearly paying all due respect to the music from which they had come. Rhythm, blues, groove, and melody were all present, and it was refreshing to hear a reminder that there is much more to Rock N Roll music than metal, anger, and speed.

[OCT 15, 1987] — With Surfing With The Alien, Joe Satriani, the virtuoso, made his presence well known, and said to the Rock N Roll community, to stay tuned, that he was making himself comfortable.

1988 — (MAY 3) Living Colour Vivid Masterpiece with a Message. FUSION of SOUND. Rock, Rhythm, and Blues. Ambient, Metal, and Jazz. Avant World and Industrial Funk.
Vivid was, and is, an abstract expressionist, musical statement, making it clear that as it entered the 1990s, and came face-to-face with Grunge, that Living Colour would make its presence well known. The band would always have something to say, and talk loud and proud saying it.


— Montreux

1988 — Joe Satriani

The virtuoso guitarist, composer, songwriter, and teacher (as Living Colour had) attracted the attention of Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger, who was looking for a lead guitarist to  for his first solo tour.

1993 Satriani briefly toured with Deep Purple after the departure of Ritchie Blackmore in November.

1995 G3 Tour, which he founded in 1995. Satriani has been the guitarist for the supergroup Chickenfoot since joining the band in 2008.

Virtuoso Guitarist, composer, songwriter, and guitar teacher. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, with many of his former students achieving fame: 

Steve Vai

Larry LaLonde

Rick Hunolt

Kirk Hammett

Andy Timmons

Charlie Hunter

Kevin Cadogan

Alex Skolnick

Satriani is a 15-time Grammy Award nominee, and has sold over 10 million albums, making him the best-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time.

— Slash (Guns N’ Roses)

1987Guns N’ Roses

Slash (Guns N’ Roses)

“Give In To Me”  w/ Michael Jackson  (1991)


1988 Defunkt

In America (1988)

Avoid the Funk: a Defunkt Anthology (1988)

1985 Party at Ground Zero

A fusion of skapunkfunkmetalreggae, and soul.  

Described as one of the most eclectic “alternative” rock bands of the late ’80s. A theatrical, Southern California, Skate-Kid, Vans-wearing, MTV attitude. A new, West Coast band, with a comic book, Funkadelic-style sense of humor, with a sharp-tongued, aggressive way of expressing its opinion.

— Back To The Beach (video)
Dick Dale
Pee Wee Herman

Back to the Beach (1987)

“Pipeline” (video)  b/ Dick Dale  w/ Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan  w/ Hiram Bullock

Stoned Age (1994) Trailer

Blue Oyster Cult, Montrose

Dazed and Confused (1993) Trailer

Detroit Rock City (1999) Trailer

Almost Famous (2000) Trailer


Miles Davis (Night Music)

Night Music

1988House Band (1988-1990)
w/ David Sanborn (sax)
Hiram Bullock (guitar)
Marcus Miller (bass)
Omar Hakim (drums)
Philippe Saisse (keys)
Jools Holland (piano)

Late Night
With David Letterman (1982-1993)
w/ Paul Shaffer (keyboards)

1989The World’s Most Dangerous Band

Bring On The Night
Sting (1985)

1986Bring on the Night (Live) Album
Omar Hakim
Darryl Jones
Kenny Kirkland
Branford Marsalis
Brother Wynton Marsalis
1997Blood On The Fields” (Pulitzer Prize) 
Father Ellis Marsalis Jr.
Dolette McDonald
Janice Pendarvis

When Harry Met Sally
1988Harry Connick Jr. @ The Carefree Theater
Open for Steven Wright
@ Gator Growl (University Of Florida)


— dave.

Gator Growl — Bob Hope, Rodney Dangerfield, Robin Williams, Steven Wright, Jerry Seinfeld, Rich Jeni, Paula Poundstone, Kevin Pollack


1989When Harry Met Sally (Soundtrack)
“My Uncle Thelonius Monk” — Harry Connick Jr.

1989 — Miles Davis & Chaka Khan (Montreux Jazz Festival)

1993 — Bill Hicks Opens for (Friends) TOOL at Lollapalooza



1976 — L.A.  Skate (Board) Culture

The Making of  The Lords of Dogtown

Dogtown and Z-Boys (soundtrack)

Tony Hawke (Compilation)

Bright Skies

Causing A Scene


b/ Bee Gees
Again @ The Crossroads
Bad Brains1977
One of the most and eclectic alternative rock bands of the late ’80s.
South Central Los Angeles, California
One of the most and eclectic alternative rock bands of the late ’80s.
South Central Los Angeles, California


— Dogtown And Z-Boys 

Dogtown And  Z-Boys (2001)

Lords of Dogtown (Hollywood Adaptation) 2005


Where The Boys Are (1960)
Fort Lauderdale Strip
Wayne Cochran and The C.C. Riders



Robert Trujillo (Metallica)

Armand Sabal-lecco (Positive Army)

Flea (Red Hot Chili Pepper)

Havana Jam

w/ Tony Williams, John McLaughlin


Jaco Pastorius

Solo  w/ oni Mitchell (LA)

w/ Hiram Bullock (NYC) 

Night Music with David Sanborn


[1989] — Red Hot Chili Peppers

Night Music  w/ David Sanborn

“Subway To Venus” — [1989]






Miles Davis 
Night Music w/ David Sanborn

October 18, 1989
Chelsea Studios, New York City

Miles Davis- trumpet
Kenny Garrett- flute alto saxophone
David Sanborn- alto saxophone 
Joe “Foley” McCreary- piccolo bass
Adam Holzman- synthesizer
Marcus Miller- bass guitar 
Ricky Wellman- drums
Don Alias- percussion
Night Music introduction
Tutu (M. Miller)
Miles interviewed by Marcus Miller
Mr. Pastorius (M. Miller)
David Sanborn introduces Hannibal
Hannibal (M. Miller)
Miles talks
closing credits
TV broadcast by NBC-TV:


Faith No More

Rage Against The Machine


“Officer Nigger Hater” 

b/ Bill Hicks


Colors — [1988]

Colors (soundtrack)

gangsta rap

[1987] — N.W.A. and the Posse

[1989] — N.W.A (Niggaz Wit Attitudes)

Straight Outta Compton

Body Count

“Cop Killer”


West vs. East


Public Enemy 

“Fight The Power”

— New Jack City

New Jack City (1991) — Action crime film based upon an original story and screenplay by Thomas Lee Wright and Barry Michael Cooper, and directed by Mario Van Peebles. This is the latter’s directorial debut, and Van Peebles also co-stars in the film. The film stars Wesley SnipesIce-TAllen PayneChris RockMario Van Peebles, and Judd Nelson. The film was released in the United States on March 8, 1991.
Wesley Snipes plays Nino Brown, a rising drug lord in New York City during the crack epidemic. Ice-T plays Scotty Appleton, a detective who vows to stop Nino’s criminal activity by going undercover to work for Nino’s gang.


“Crosstown Traffic”  b/ Living Colour

“Sunshine Of  Your Love”  (True Lies) Soundtrack (1994)

Vernon w/ Jack Bruce  (Cream) / Eric Clapton

Spectrum Road


— OriginalNoise.Org


Crossroads is a 1986 American coming-of-age musical drama film inspired by the legend of blues musician Robert Johnson. Starring Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca and Jami Gertz, the film was written by John Fusco and directed by Walter Hill and features an original score featuring Ry Cooder and guitar virtuoso Steve Vai on the soundtrack’s guitar, and harmonica by Sonny Terry. Steve Vai also appears in the film as the devil’s guitar player in the climactic guitar duel.



Is This The End ?

[1989] — Bad Brains


Testament — [1983-1986] 

The Legacy (1987)

The New Order (1988)

Practice What You Preach (1989)

Souls of Black (1990)

The Ritual (1992)


[1990] — Clash Of The Titans

MegadeathRust in Peace [1990]

SlayerSeasons in the Abyss. [1990]

TestamentSeasons in the Abyss.


— Alex Skolnick

“Return To Serenity” — Alex Skolnick, from his apartment in Brooklyn, NY, plays a new variation on an old, Testament fan favorite. Sheltered In Place, Alex plays the tune with his recently (just before the Covid-19 pandemic) reunited Testament bandmates.

“This one seems to get requested more than any other song or solo. As it hasn’t been played by the band in forever, it required relearning, and we were planning to re-record it sometime later this year.

Then, friends in Nepal recently asked if I might consider doing a “play through” (of a Testament song) to help raise awareness of their humanitarian organization (metalfornepal.org), and bring attention to the death and devestation the virus brought to Nepal and the surounding region. Please consider visiting metalfornepal.org and supporting. Thank you and enjoy.



The Legacy (1987)

The New Order (1988)

Practice What You Preach (1989)

Souls of Black (1990)

The Ritual (1992)

Suicidal TendenciesLights…Camera…Revolution![1990]
AnthraxPersistence of Time — [1990]

King’s X
Gretchen Goes To Nebraska[1989]
“Over My Head”
Faith Hope Love — [1990]
King’s X — [1992]

Steve VaiPassion and Warfare[1990]
Eric JohnsonAh Via MusicomCliffs Of Dover” — [1990]


[1990] — Metallica

Kill ‘Em All (1983)

Ride the Lightning (1984)

Master of Puppets (1986)

…And Justice for All (1988)

Jethro Tull Controversy (1989) Video

Metallica (1991)

Grammy Awards

1990: Best Metal Performance – “One

1991: Best Metal Performance – “Stone Cold Crazy

1992: Best Metal Performance – Metallica


Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

Tony Hawk

Up The (West) Coast

Surf @ The Golden Gate Bridge

Mavericks Surf


Something Smells
and then came grunge.

Singles [1992]
Pearl JamTen [1991]
SoundgardenSuperunknown  “Black Hole Sun” [1994]



Bleach (1989)



— Lollapalooza (1991)

A MATTER OF PRIDE — Living Colour was flying high when Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction) called to invite Vernon and the band to play his new Lollapalooza Tour.

— Living Colour

[1991] — Lollapalooza

Perry FarrellLollapalooza

Jane’s Addiction

Nothing’s Shocking

Siouxsie and the Banshees

Violent Femmes

Living Colour

Nine Inch Nails

Ice-T & Body Count

Butthole Surfers

Rollins Band



Bad Brains

In 1990, Bad Brains backed longtime friend, fan, and protégé Henry Rollins on a cover version of The MC5‘s “Kick Out the Jams“. The recording appears on the soundtrack to the film Pump Up the Volume.



Nevermind (SEP 24)

Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1992)

Nevermind (1991)

In Utero (1993)


Pearl Jam[1991]

Ten (1991)


Alice In Chains

Facelift (1990)

Dirt (1992)




Black Hole Sun” (1994)

Alice in Chains (1995)


Red Hot Chili Peppers

David Sanborn (Night Music) TV

Miles Davis

Marcus Miller

Rage Against The Machine

Faith No More

[1991] — Bill Hicks @ Rodney Dangerfield’s

— OriginalNoise.Org


“Officer Nigger Hater”  b/Bill Hicks

Colors —

gangsta rap

[1987]N.W.A. and the Posse

[1989] — N.W.A (Niggaz Wit Attitudes)

Straight Outta Compton


Ice Cube

Dr. Dre  — Chronic

“I’m A Pepper, You’re A Pepper, I’m a Pepper too.”

MC Ren

Arabian Prince

DJ Yella

Snoop Dogg

Selling greennuts with Martha Stewart

Now, that’s Gangsta Rap

Tupac Shakur

“Ghetto Gospel”  w/Eminem

“Slipping Into Darkness”  b/War

New Jack City

[1988] — Tupac Shakur leaves NYC, and  relocates to the San Francisco Bay Area. 

2Pacalypse Now (1991)

Tupac had become a central figure in West Coast hip hop, introducing social issues in the genre at a time when gangsta rap was dominant in the mainstream. He achieved further critical and commercial success with his follow-up albums 

Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z… (1993)  

Me Against the World (1995)

Shakur became heavily involved in the growing East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry between 1995 and 1996.

 His double-disc album All Eyez on Me (1996) Certified Diamond by the RIAA.

On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot four times by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas; he died six days later and the gunman was never captured. The Notorious B.I.G., Shakur’s friend turned rival, was at first considered a suspect, but was also murdered in another drive-by shooting six months later.

Five more albums have been released since his death, all of which have been certified platinum in the United States.

West vs. East

Christopher George Latore Wallace

Biggie Smalls, Biggie

The Notorious B.I.G.

“Who Shot Ya?”

BrooklynNew York City, Wallace signed to Sean “Puffy” Combs‘ label Bad Boy Records as it launched in 1993, and gained exposure through features on several other artists’ singles that year. His debut album Ready to Die (1994) was met with widespread critical acclaim, and included his signature songs “Juicy” and “Big Poppa“. The album made him the central figure in East Coast hip hop, and restored New York’s visibility at a time when the West Coast hip hop scene was dominating hip hop music.[4] Wallace was awarded the 1995 Billboard Music Awards‘ Rapper of the Year.[5] The following year, he led his protégé group Junior M.A.F.I.A., a team of himself and longtime friends, including Lil’ Kim, to chart success.
During 1996, while recording his second album, Wallace became ensnarled in the escalating East Coast–West Coast hip hop feud. Following Tupac Shakur’s death in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in September 1996, speculations of involvement by criminal elements orbiting the Bad Boy circle circulated. On March 9, 1997, while visiting Los Angeles, Wallace was murdered in a drive-by shooting. The assailant remains unidentified. Wallace’s second album Life After Death, a double album, was released two weeks later. It reached number one on the Billboard 200, and eventually achieved a Diamond certification in the US.


Public Enemy


Defunkt (1980)

The Razor’s Edge 12″ (1981)

Thermonuclear Sweat (1982)

Defunkt is an American musical group, founded by the trombonist and singer Joseph Bowie in 1978 in New York City.  Their music touches on elements of punk rockfunk, and jazz.
Joseph Bowie is the brother of big band musician Byron Bowie and Art Ensemble of Chicago co-founder Lester Bowie. Joseph, who had previously worked as a sideman for various 1970s jazz musicians, founded Defunkt in 1978 with members of a band that had backed James Chance. The new group’s original focus was on danceable jazz music.[2] Joseph Bowie remains the only consistent member of the group over its history; he has been noted for displaying the influence of far-ranging musicians like Ornette ColemanJames Brown, and Joe Strummer.The first incarnation of the group was active in New York City’s “No Wave” radical underground music scene,  which also included fusion-oriented groups like Material and Sonic Youth. Joseph’s saxohonist brother Byron, bassist Melvin Gibbs  and future Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid were early contributors. The group’s debut self-titled album was released in 1980, and combined the band’s original jazz focus with soul, funk, rock, and blues. That album was particularly popular in Eastern Europe and Japan. Their second album,Thermonuclear Sweat.

Clash Of The Titans — [90/91]

MegadeathRust in Peace

SlayerSeasons in the Abyss

w/  Testament

“Practice What You Preach” [2017] Bloodstock

Suicidal TendenciesLights…Camera…Revolution!


Alice In Chains

Steve VaiPassion and Warfare [1990]

Eric JohnsonAh Via MusicomCliffs Of Dover” [1990]



Comedy Store


Richard Pryor

Sam Kinison

Freddie Prinze

Chico And The Man

Sanford and Son

Red Foxx

Johnny Carson

Buddy Rich (Will Calhoun)



Load (1996)

Reload (1997)

St. Anger (2003)

Death Magnetic (2008)

Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (2016)


Something Smells

then came grunge.

NirvanaNevermind [SEP 24, 1991]

Smells Like Teen Spirit” [1992]


Singles [1992]

Pearl JamTen [1991]

SoundgardenSuperunknown  “Black Hole Sun” [1994]


Pearl Jam

Vs. (1993)

Vitalogy (1994)

No Code (1996)

Yield (1998)

Binaural (2000)

Riot Act (2002)

Pearl Jam (2006)

Backspacer (2009)

Lightning Bolt (2013)

Gigaton (2020)


Stoned Age Soundtrack (1994)

Blue Öyster Cult – “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper

Montrose – “Rock Candy

Black Sabbath – “Paranoid

Foghat – “Slow Ride

Blue Öyster Cult – “Burnin’ for You

Focus – “Hocus Pocus

Ted Nugent– “Cat Scratch Fever

Foghat – “Drivin’ Wheel”

T. Rex – “Get It On

Deep Purple – “Highway Star

Wild Cherry – “Play That Funky Music

KC and the Sunshine Band – “I Like to Do It”

The Trammps – “Disco Inferno

B. T. Express – “Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied)

The Hungarian State Orchestra – “Also Sprach Zarathustra


[1976] — L.A.  Skate (Board) Culture

  The Making of  The Lords of Dogtown

Dogtown and Z-Boys Soundtrack

Aerosmith – “Seasons of Wither

Aerosmith – “Toys in the Attic

Alice Cooper – “Generation Landslide”

The Allman Brothers Band – “One Way Out

Black Sabbath – “Into the Void”

Black Sabbath – “Paranoid

Blue Öyster Cult – “Godzilla “

Buzzcocks – “Fast Cars”

David Bowie – “Aladdin Sane”

David Bowie – “Rebel Rebel

Devo – “Gut Feeling”

Emilio Pericoli – “Volare”

Fila Brazillia – “Subtle Body”

Fila Brazillia – “Harmonicas are Shite”

Herb Alpert – “A Taste of Honey

Herb Alpert – “Lollipops and Roses

James Gang – “Funk 49”

Jan and Dean – “Sidewalk Surfing”

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Ezy Ryder

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Foxy Lady

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Freedom

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Bold as Love

Joe Walsh – “Rocky Mountain Way

Led Zeppelin – “Achilles Last Stand

Led Zeppelin – “Hots On for Nowhere

The Lively Ones – “Surfrider”

Massive Attack – “Exchange”

Neil Young – “Old Man

Peter Frampton – “I’ll Give You Money”

Pink Floyd – “Us and Them

Robin Trower – “Hannah”

Rod Stewart – “Maggie May

Sneaker Pimps – “6 Underground

The Stooges – “Gimme Danger”

The Stooges – “I Wanna Be Your Dog”

T. Rex – “Children of the Revolution”

The Pretenders – “Bad Boys Get Spanked”

Thin Lizzy – “Bad Reputation”

Ted Nugent – “Cat Scratch Fever”

Ted Nugent – “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang (Live)”

Ted Nugent – “Motor City Madhouse”

The Trammps – “Disco Inferno

ZZ Top – “La Grange”


— dave.



A Florida Journalist, Photographer, and Art Director with an eclectic client list of individuals and organizations with musical, visual, educational, and editorial interests.