listening to Living Colour's "Time's Up" album today... dayum!

Matt L

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This may be the least hip album that I love. But yeah, I played it all the time as a little kid. Haven't listened to it in years. I need to listen to it again. Thanks for reminding me.

Curious what your "hip" albums are, in comparison.
 

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Oh man those first 3 albums are so bad-ass and fun. Even though I can't play with speed at all, Vernon has been such a massive influence on me. Such a great rhythm section and vocals. They still pump it out hard live.

My favorite off Time's Up might be Fight the Fight, and I love the solo in Undercover of Darkness after Latifah's rap.

I love Living Colour.
 

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Agreed with everyone, Living Color is great, Time's Up and Fight the Fight are my favs on that record as well. I saw them open for Joe Satriani a couple years back and they still rock - on that note they're releasing a new album soon, here's the new track that was just released yesterday:

 

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Great record. I'm remiss, in that I haven't properly followed up on the post-Muzz Skillings years. Def my bad. Recs?
 

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Dig it. I got the first three records. Cassettes. Loved them. Will start the revisit with Vivid.







I °love° Vernon Reid's guitar solos. He brought the punk back to chops.

I caught Living Color at the old Buckhead Theatre/Roxy in Atlanta back in the day. My first experience with a mosh pit, figured I could hang. Ha! What a maroon. Awesome show, resides firmly within the mental archives' greatest hits.
 

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Vivid, Time's Up, and Biscuits were just about all I listened to for a year or two. I can still listen to those albums now, which I can't say for most of the stuff I listened to in that era. The new album Shade was surprisingly good as well. Surprising to me, anyway, since like all of us, they're a good bit older now.

Vernon has always been a favorite of mine. I love the attitude in his playing. Cult is like years of rage being unleashed in a guitar solo. Never understood the dislike for him from the shred crowd. There's more than one way to cut a good solo.
 

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Love Living Colour.

Got to see them a bunch of times at some pretty small clubs, even went out for ice cream with Muzz and Corey after a gig in Ann Arbor.

As great a player as Wimbish is, the band lost something when Muzz left.
 

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Vernon has always been a favorite of mine. I love the attitude in his playing. Cult is like years of rage being unleashed in a guitar solo. Never understood the dislike for him from the shred crowd. There's more than one way to cut a good solo.

Yes, the Cult solo... great description! I've always loved the song and I can hear the solo in my head. Furiously abrasive, kinda like the "sheets of sound" approach but on electric guitar.
 
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The last time I tried revisiting their early albums, I didn't dig the music like I used to. This thread is a good reminder to try again.
I'm glad LC is still around, making new music.

Another funky/groovy band I always listen to in the summertime is a band called White Trash. They had a self titled album and a second album a few years later called Si? O Si, Que? that were both awesome. The first album had a killer horn section called the Badass Brass on it. Nothing like Living Colour (White Trash is more like GnR meets James Brown), but funky and greasy cool, nonetheless.

Lol, there's a blast from the past that I had forgotten about. I was in college with the guitarist, and remember the buzz when they got signed to Elektra. I didn't know him well, but I remember we once were talking about Lee Jackson doing amp mods when Lee had his Metaltronix company.

 
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Yes, the Cult solo... great description! I've always loved the song and I can hear the solo in my head. Furiously abrasive, kinda like the "sheets of sound" approach but on electric guitar.

You can definitely hear Coltrane/Sharrock/Rashaan Roland Kirk in there.

I've loved Vern's playing from day one precisely because he pulled in these disparate influences and then cranked them through a smokin' amp. Big influence on me for that alone -- taught me to keep my ears open.
 

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You can definitely hear Coltrane/Sharrock/Rashaan Roland Kirk in there.

I've loved Vern's playing from day one precisely because he pulled in these disparate influences and then cranked them through a smokin' amp. Big influence on me for that alone -- taught me to keep my ears open.

I entered the LC/Vernon multiverse through this axis, courtesy of a glowing Down Beat mag review.

Resonated and resonates.
 

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In interviews over the years Reid also got me to pay attention to Ornette Coleman, Sonny Sharrock, James Blood Ulmer, and Carlos Santana -- and to listen to Bad Brains with fresh ears. I'd go so far as to credit him with some of my continuing musical education.
 

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In interviews over the years Reid also got me to pay attention to Ornette Coleman, Sonny Sharrock, James Blood Ulmer, and Carlos Santana -- and to listen to Bad Brains with fresh ears. I'd go so far as to credit him with some of my continuing musical education.

Funnily enuff, I came in retrograde and came to admire his music, and being, through “free jazz” into metal. Retrograde because I held these as parallel steams since dirt wuz rocks and VR united them for me. As did Buckethead, though I prefer VR on most days.

I also came to love the Dead (rather than hang with it) after I worked a show with Ornette on the bill and the whacked “space” to which he contributed.

So much I dig rock and so much more improvisational music. Happy collisions thrill me to the man tits.
 




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