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Editors’ Notes

As louder, harder sounds broke through to the mainstream, Living Colour were encouraged to explore their darker side—a feat not too difficult considering the talents within the band. Bassist Muzz Skillings had parted ways amicably to explore his own musical interests, and the incredibly capable Doug Wimbish (Mick Jagger, Madonna) took his slot. Ron Saint Germain—who’d previously produced Vernon Reid’s favorite band, Bad Brains—ensured a tougher sound here, and the avoidance of guest appearances (which Time’s Up had benefitted from) forced the band to look inward. Living Colour's natural anti-establishment and cynical world views come through loud and clear on “Go Away,” “Ignorance Is Bliss," and “Never Satisfied,” while the low-key but powerful “Nothingness” captures the band’s incredible empathy. “Auslander” and “Postman” bring Wimbish to the battlefront for to-the-point rockers. It’s incredible to think the group disbanded after this—citing musical differences—considering how well everybody works here, as both individuals and members of the team. 

Customer Reviews

The Darkest Colour

This ebon album plumbs depths of it's characters in a sonic tapestry of dark and darker. "Go Away" a little "ballad" about starvation in Africa starts the album like a punch to the gut, and it only gets more real from there... Doug Wimbish not only steps into the guitars register on this album, but adds a dexterous texture to the underlying melodies. The production is fierce, sounding not unlike a instructional cd on schizophrenia, with the twisting spoken thoughts, broken chains and closing prison (Auslander) doors. Vernon Reid is at his sonic best and swings in anarchistic style with venom and focused energy. This album, may not be the most popular in their discography, but it is the best.

The best Living Colour album

This is by far my favorite Living Colour album. The others have some great songs, but this is much more consistent. It has a dark edge to it that I love. My favorite tracks are "Never Satisfied", "Ignorance is Bliss", and "Bi".

The best.

This record was such a great record. I loved Vivid and Time's Up (which is typically everyone's favorite). But Stain was the giant, IMO . . . my favorite record growing up, indeed. These guys nailed it with this one . . . and can I be so bold as to say that Sony made a mistake in their choice of the first single. "Leave it Alone" was not a good representation of what this record had to offer. It was a conservative selection, and that pretty much buried this dynamic band.

Biography

Formed: 1984 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

During the 1980s, rock had become completely segregated and predictable, the opposite of the late '60s/early '70s, when such musically and ethnically varied artists as Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone, and Santana ruled the Earth. But bands such as New York's Living Colour helped break down the doors by the end of the '80s, leading to a much more open-minded musical landscape that would eventually pave the way for future bands (Rage Against the Machine, Sevendust, etc.). The group (singer...
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