Living Colour, formed in 1983 by guitarist Vernon Reid, is an African-American rock band out of New York City. Their opinions about topics such as Eurocentrism and racism of America were occasionally voiced through their lyrics. The members of the band were also part of the Black Rock Coalition during the late 80’s and early 90’s.
Rising to fame in 1988 with their debut album “Vivid”, Living Colour was named Best New Artist at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards and their single “Cult of Personality” won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1989. “Vivid” reached number 6 on the Billboard 200, while their second album, “Time’s Up” (1990) snagged the number 13 spot and won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Album. Their third album “Stain” (1993) dropped even further down the list at #26 and was their last release before their split in 1995. Living Colour regrouped again on December 22, 2000 and has been performing and producing ever since. Since 2002, they have released three albums, including their most recent “The Chair in the Doorway” (September 15, 2009) and a live DVD “On Stage At World Café Live” (2008).