Where can we find light,

in this never-ending shade?

Amanda Gorman   


o/ Joe Biden / Kamala Harris


— artist credit

The Deepest Shade Of Colour  — Living Colour’s sixth studio album, Shade, couldn’t have been more relevant for its time [2017]. Corey wailed at reality tv, fake news, and the consequence of not knowing the difference between a Truth and a Lie. Fact is, Shade was written and recorded two years earlier, and a number of songs were already in the band’s live sets. Most notably, its cover of Biggie Smalls’ “Who Shot Ya?” is Living Colour expressing its anger at the frequency of gun violence across America, much by all-white law enforcement, against young, unarmed, black men.


— dave. originalnoise.org

Black Lives Always Mattered — When written, Shade was prophetic. When released, it was relevant, and TODAY, it stands as validation of a musical road well travelled. As always, THE LIVING COLOUR MESSAGE is loud, and proud. Thoughtful, virtuosically delivered, and ALWAYS TRUE.




“TWO SIDES” b/ Corey Glover  / Living Colour

Playing for Freedom in Washington D.C.

[SEPTEMBER 24, 2016]


  — dave. (originalnoise.org)

“Imagine”  b/ Corey Glover

# The Rhythm Of The Olympic Games (1996)

“Two Sides”  b/ Living Colour Shade (2017)

# National Museum of African American History and Culture [Sept. 24, 2016]


Fight For Freedom — On Washington D.C.’s National Mall, President Barack Obama spoke to a mostly joyous crowd, celebrating the opening of the long-awaited Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. Living Colour, Public Enemy, and The Roots, played in the late afternoon shadow of the Washington Monument, closing the historic day, that wound up one of the last such enjoyable times on The Mall. Two months later, the Trumps moved in, and there went the neighborhood.


“Should I Stay, Or Should I Go?”
— Freedom Sounds

Sugar Hill Sound Check
“Time’s Up”
“Sex Machine”
“Cult Of Personality”


Freedom Of Expression  — Shade‘s opening tune, is an angry warning of right-wing, pathologically thoughtless propagandists, claiming to report the “fair and balanced new.” F.O.X News, NewsMax, OAR, Breitbart, and the likes of Alex Jones and InfoWars is NOT JOURNALISM.



Ivy League-trained, Money, Power & Greed, bottom-line believers. They lie to say they’re honest. They lie to say they care, and they lie, without shame, humanity, or soul when looking to secure in a  e and claim anything-for-money propagandists, who lie to say they’re honest, and shamelessly lie to win, and shamelessly claim to be “fair and balanced” news.

“Program” — Reality TV in the Free World.

“Two Sides”  — Two sides of a story isn’t The Truth and The Lie.


Amanda’s Word


—getty pictures

Amanda Gorman. [2021]

Maya Angelou  [1993]

“On The Pulse Of Morning”

 Robert Frost  [1961]

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Inaugural (video)


John Legend @ The Lincoln Memorial

Living Colour

Vivid  (The Masterpiece)

Steel Wheels World Tour  w/ Rolling Stones (1989)

“Paint It Black”

“It’s Only Rock N Roll”— Chuck Berry (Hail! Hail! Rock N F

“Burn Baby Burn” — Onstage (American Flag-Burning) T-Shirts

Vernon Reid (Watermelon Man)


— dave. Originalnoise.org

Artificial Afrika, and Richard Smells Something “Funy” in a cab on the way to k




— Rock N Roll Racists In Our Midst.


“Cult Of Personality” —  [1989]
“Funny Vibe” —  [Vivid]

“Open Letter To A Landlord” —  [Vivid]

“What’s Your Favorite Color?” —  [Vivid]
“Program” — Grammy Award [Shade]
“Blak Out” — Grammy Award [1989]
“Innercity Blues” — Grammy Award [1989]
“Freedom Of Expression” —  [Vivid]
“Program” — Grammy Award [Shade]
“Two Sides” — Grammy Award [1989]
“Time’s Up”/”Sex Machine” —  [1989]

“Freedom Of Expression” —  [Vivid]
“Program” — Grammy Award [Shade]
“Two Sides” — Grammy Award [1989]
“Innercity Blues” — Grammy Award [1989

“Freedom Of Expression” —  [Vivid]
“Program” — Grammy Award [Shade]
“Two Sides” — Grammy Award [1989]
“Innercity Blues” — Grammy Award [1989


“I live this shit everyday.” — Corey Glover, frustrated to be called a “Legend.”

“We’re as relevant today, as we’ve ever been.”


[Today] — Living Colour is older, wiser, and reflective. The same kick-ass band from downtown New York City … loud, aggressive, passionate, and never too shy to howl at the racist moon.The same band that made a fan of Mick Jagger, and went from CBGB to Arenas and Stadiums, in a matter of weeks, rather than months or years.

Pink Floyd

Black Sabbath

Deep Purple

Green Day

King Crimson

Golden Earring

Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Cheer

Black Flag

Blak Out








The Wonderful World Of Living Colour
Pt.1 — a vivid beginning
Pt.2 — post-apocalyptic reunion
Pt.3 — back in the USSR
“who shot ya?”
SHADE (Sept. 9, 2017)


Robert Frost

@ John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration

“The Gift Outright”

The land was ours before we were the land’s
She was our land more than a hundred years
Before we were her people. She was ours
In Massachusetts, in Virginia,
But we were England’s, still colonials,
Possessing what we still were unpossessed by,
Possessed by what we now no more possessed.
Something we were withholding made us weak
Until we found out that it was ourselves
We were withholding from our land of living,
And forthwith found salvation in surrender.
Such as we were we gave ourselves outright
(The deed of gift was many deeds of war)
To the land vaguely realizing westward,
But still unstoried, artless, unenhanced,
Such as she was, such as she will become.

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)
“Danger” (2008)
Doug Wimbish
— painting b/LindaZacks /
— photography b/DaveHogerty / OriginalNoise.Org

Corey Glover #2