Label
Epic/Legacy
Release date
2002
Running length
17 tracks
Running time
70:59

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Cult of Personality 4:54 170,893
2 I Want to Know 4:23 18,878
3 Middle Man 3:48 24,360
4 Desperate People 5:35 18,615
5 Open Letter (To a Landlord) 5:31 18,580
6 Funny Vibe 4:20 22,882
7 Memories Can't Wait 4:31 18,914
8 Broken Hearts 4:50 15,427
9 Glamour Boys 3:40 30,447
10 What's Your Favorite Color? 1:40 3,911
11 Which Way to America 3:37 3,980
11 Which Way to America? 3:41 8,218
12 Funny Vibe (Funky Vibe Mix) 3:40 1,286
13 Should I Stay or Should I Go 2:26 4,782
14 What's Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song) (LeBlanc Remix) 5:38 233
15 Middle Man (live) 3:47 1,252
16 Cult of Personality (live) 4:58 3,723

About this album

Vivid is Living Colour’s debut album, which was released on May 3, 1988. The band was discovered by Mick Jagger while playing a show at the legendary punk club CBGB’s in 1987. Although they were considered “unique” by the mainstream media, they attacked the Eurocentrism and racism of America with their music. The fact that Living Colour is an all-black heavy metal band drew much attention to the band and the album, which contained three singles and became one of the most popular albums of 1988, reaching #6 on the Billboard 200 and certified double platinum by the RIAA. The band was immediately launched into superstar status and would receive a Grammy for their next studio release. The song “Funny Vibe” features a cameo appearance from Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Flavor Flav. The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album also contains a cover version of the Talking Heads’ “Memories Can’t Wait”.





Track listing

Original
“Cult of Personality” - 4:54
“I Want To Know” - 4:24
“Middle Man” - 3:47
“Desperate People” - 5:36
“Open Letter (To a Landlord)” - 5:32
“Funny Vibe” - 4:20
“Memories Can’t Wait” (David Byrne, Jerry Harrison) - 4:30
“Broken Hearts” - 4:50
“Glamour Boys” - 3:39
“What’s Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song)” - 3:56
“Which Way To America?” - 3:41

2002 Re-Release
“Cult of Personality” - 4:54
“I Want To Know” - 4:24
“Middle Man” - 3:47
“Desperate People” - 5:36
“Open Letter (To a Landlord)” - 5:32
“Funny Vibe” - 4:20

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  • Gaffes

    Pure talent.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • agnosis1975

    This album sounds evey bit as good today as it did on the tape I wore out in 1990. I discovered Public Enemy thanks to it - and then Anthrax. I think permanent damage was done...

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Timitzi

    The music is so diverse & the musicians are playing it perfectly. You can't really ask for more from a debut. [4]

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • RexBlazzer099

    The Best in the World

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • richardneal

    Rhythm section beyond belief

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    the music is so diverse & the musicians are playing perfectly. You can't really ask for more from a debut [3] Real masterpiece!

    26 Dec 2012 Reply
  • working_zombie

    ღ ♫ღ [2]

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • BigKahuna_93

    <3

    10 May 2011 Reply
  • Yliannos

    CAPS

    6 Mar 2011 Reply
  • richardneal

    This album is in a class/genre all its own

    3 Mar 2011 Reply
  • mgpixlab

    Fckn' amzn'.

    17 Feb 2011 Reply
  • cubsbearsfan74

    this is a gold standard for a music cd. Listen from 1st to last song

    29 Oct 2010 Reply
  • BlackHound84

    I found this cd back in 1999 going threw a car my dad pass down to me. Used it to test a cd player and fell in love then.

    6 Jul 2010 Reply
  • DissidentFabius

    when a leader speaks that leader lies

    18 Jun 2010 Reply
  • ITGirl2009

    I was totally obsessed with this band in the 80's whilst at school!! Amazing now at obsession #2 20 years later - thank you Josie for introducing me xx

    14 Nov 2009 Reply
  • CsemTam

    Awesome. Has to be one of the best debut albums ever.

    19 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Pellkoppf

    ღ ♫ღ

    2 Oct 2009 Reply
  • WiJoCo

    That was me below on my old account. I stand by what I said. Fantastic.

    25 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Galakuel

    the music is so diverse & the musicians are playing perfectly. You can't really ask for more from a debut [2]

    15 Jun 2009 Reply
  • CreamCrazy

    One Of The Best Albums Ever, & One Of The Best I've EVER Heard... the music is so diverse & the musicians are playing perfectly. You can't really ask for more from a debut

    26 May 2009 Reply
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