No. 14: Living Colour, ‘Vivid’ – Best Debut Hard Rock Albums
Living Colour arrived on the hard rock scene in 1988, effectively knocking down the color barrier in the process. The band’s hard-hitting debut ‘Vivid’ featured the African-American rockers blending metal, funk, jazz and hip-hop into one seriously passionate fusion. They were rewarded in 1990 with the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for the breakout single, ‘Cult of Personality.’
The funky rocker ‘Glamour Boys’ became a follow-up hit at radio and songs like ‘Open Letter (to a Landlord),’ ‘Middle Man’ and ‘Funny Vibe’ really connected with audiences. While the band achieved success with subsequent efforts, including the follow-up disc ‘Time’s Up,’ there’s no denying the genius of the band’s debut effort.