219. Living Colour

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219. Living Colour
While many white artists were blurring the racial line across many musical genres, the traditional platform of Rock and Roll seemed to be a “whites only” club; at least that was the perception among many in the late 80’s. Virtually anyone who thought that had their opinion change when they saw Living Colour perform epically on Saturday Night Live; which was the first time that many people ever came to know who they were. Subsequently, their debut album would not only bring them acclaim, but helped to start a Funk Metal genre, and to a lesser extent, Alternative Metal. Their future albums did not do as well (and were not as good frankly), but they do have an origin that the Hall of Fame respects. That might be enough.


The Bullet Points:
Eligible Since:

Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (New York City, NY)

Why They Will Get In:
They broke down some doors, and should meet the Hall’s innovation criteria.

Why They Won’t Get In:
They seemed to fade out almost as quickly as they faded in.

Nominated In:

Essential Albums:
Vivid (1988)
Time’s Up (1990)
Collideoscope (2003)

Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Cult of Personality (From Vivid, 1988)
Open Letter to a Landlord (From Vivid, 1988)
Glamour Boys (From Vivid, 1988)
Which Way to America (From Vivid, 1988)
Type (From Time’s Up, 1990)

Should Living Color be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 83%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 2.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 7.4%
Last modified on Wednesday, 01 June 2022 21:35


+2 #3 jaymz 2012-09-04 15:03
shut the up, thin catalogue. they are still doing a ton of stuff. the innovative stylistics that all members past and present demonstrate is beyond most of the conventional and current inductees. the hall of fame is nothing more than a bunch of fat old non-progress ive bureaucrats that have capitalized on what former talent some may have possessed and now lost, as well as the defunct. either way it is americanized sensationali sm as always. propping up "the famous" on a pedestal weather deserving or not. have fun with your "deserving" inductees. if charles manson had had a hit before going psycho he would be revered and most likely inducted, it is after all a popularity contest. i can a hundred bands and musicians that smoke jimi hendrix/clap ton/and most of the greats. expand your minds, normalistic societal morons. keep kissing your own asses and self back patting, music will happen despite you all. f you all! the hall of fame should disband.
0 #2 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
I agree, Knuckles. Their catalog is too thin despite their innovation of being a "black metal band." (I thought that was what Funkadelic was, but I could be mistaken.)Th at doesn't mean that smoking stuff like "Open Letter (To a Landlord)&qu ot; hasn't found its way onto numerous mixes.
+2 #1 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
They should have done more. Great musicians whose output did not meet their talent.

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