Put Your Hands Up …
[ 2016 ]
Responding to current events, Living Colour had two most relevant tunes on its set list to open the African American Museum of History and Culture. On the Mall in Washington D.C., following President Barack Obama, the band (part of a black music exhibit in the museum) rages through the funky, urban rave against racial profiling, followed by “Who Shot Ya?” (2016), a Biggie Small’s cover, as Timely Today, as Yesterday.
• The band released “Who Shot Ya?” in response to contemporary police violence.
Living Colour’s first single (“Funny Vibe”) was included on, but released before, the band’s 1988 debut album Vivid. Appropriately included in New Millennium sets, the song remains relevant, 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.
Vernon — Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society / Defunkt / Mistaken Identity (1996), First Solo / Guitar Oblique with David Torn and Elliott Sharp / Magic Science, Gil Evans’ arrangements of Jimi Hendrix songs with Medeski, Martin & Wood, and the Gil Evans Orchestra / Salif Keita / James “Blood” Ulmer / Free Form Funky Freqs / Masque / Global Noize with Jason Miles …
Corey Glover — As Reverend Daddy Love, formed a band called Vice with guitarist Mike Ciro / Sonic Adventure Remix (1998) / Hymns (1998) / Live at Wetland (1999) … w/Galactic
Will Calhoun — Celebrating Elvin Jones (2016), Life in This World (2015), Native Lands (Housework (1995) / Drumwave (1997) / Herb Alpert Colors (1999) with Doug Wimbish / The Will Calhoun Quintet: Live at the Blue Note (2000) with Bobby Watson (alto saxophone), John Benitez (bass), Orrin Evans (piano), and Terell Stafford (trumpet) / Head>>Fake (drum/bass) with Doug Wimbish / Jungle Funk with Doug Wimbish and Vinx (vocals/percussion) 1999 / Herb Alpert / Colors (1999) with Doug Wimbish / Dhafer Youssef Electric Sufi (2001) with Doug Wimbish …
Doug Wimbish — Cyberpunk Billy Idol (1993) / Don’t Look Back Al Green (1993) / Wandering Spirit Mick Jagger (1993) / Time Machine Joe Satriani (1993) / Never Turn Back (1993), The Wolf That House Built (1994), Slow Fuse (1995) Little Axe / Medusa Annie Lennox / Letters Never Sent (1994), Carly Simon: Live at Grand Central Station (1995) Carly Simon / 12 Hits and a Bump (1996) Mas Feedback (1997) Nicklebag w/Bernard Fowler (1996) / Miracles Bim Sherman (1997) / Ultra Depeche Mode (1997) / Bridges To Babylon Rolling Stones (1997) / Michael Hutchence (1999) / Jungle Funk (1999) with Will Calhoun and Vinx / Herb Alpert Colors (1999) with Will Calhoun / Trippy Notes for Bass (1999) First Solo / Head>>Fake with Will Calhoun …
• 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?”