Living Colour

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2013 (The 2014 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

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Will Living Colour be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


31 comments so far (post your own)

hell yes will living colour be inducted, they were one of the first ever balck hard rock groups. they were influenced by chuck berry & bo diddly

Posted by Martin on Tuesday, 11.14.06 @ 04:07am

Martin, who wasn't? That comment doesn't make any sense. But Living Colour rocks my face. God, I love this band.

Has anyone else always been irritated that they put a "u" in their name like they were English or something? Crappy "u."

Posted by Al on Wednesday, 01.24.07 @ 08:44am

shut up al Living Colour was the first

Posted by Martin on Wednesday, 02.7.07 @ 21:46pm

They are civil rights with electric guitars. Great drums, Corey has a magnificient voice, and Vernon will kick your ass on guitar.

Posted by Seth on Saturday, 03.17.07 @ 13:04pm

I think if they hadn't split up after Stain they'd be a no brainer choice by this time. But as things stand, they're a fringe candidate. That shouldn't detract from the music, which is some of the finest and stylistically diverse out there.

Posted by Kit on Thursday, 05.24.07 @ 20:33pm

Actually Al I think Vernon Reid was born in the UK...He was raised here but perhaps his UK background is why the "U" is in the band name.

That being said I hope they get in but I'm not holding my breath. This band deserved a lot more pub than they got. I have always felt it was a race thing that they weren't more famous.I could be wrong but it just seems funny that a band that rocks so freakin' hard could get no airplay.

Posted by Josh on Thursday, 04.17.08 @ 15:47pm

No doubt they can rock hard. Wonder if they have enough quality material, though.

I know the band doesn't want the fact that they happen to be all-black & do hard rock to be a 'gimmick' that gets them in.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 07.17.08 @ 11:24am


They had, what, one good album? they didn't influence anyone at all, and were original. The RRHOF is only gonna induct them because they don't wanna look racist. If they get inducted, i will kill the president of the HOF and the people that voted them in.

Posted by nathan on Saturday, 11.1.08 @ 12:59pm

Living Colour deserves accolades for being arguably the most unique band of their time. The problem is that they pulled a BOSTON and blew their load on the first disc.

Posted by Randy on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 01:27am

Boston didn't blow their load on the first disc Randy

Posted by Mr. Octagon on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 10:19am

I think Living Colour have a very mid to slim chance of induction(a Motley Crue like chance.) Great band though.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 08.22.09 @ 19:09pm

Living Colour defedently diserves to be put in

Posted by Chris on Monday, 02.1.10 @ 19:01pm

Amazing band that deserves to go. They brought it full circle...rock was created by blacks, nicked by whites and brought it back home in their own way.

Posted by Mark on Friday, 10.1.10 @ 19:12pm

last week our class held a similar talk on this topic and you show something we have not covered yet, thanks.

- Kris

Posted by mietwagen mallorca on Sunday, 10.17.10 @ 09:24am

When I heard they will be eligible soon I was thrilled. Easily they are one of the most important bands of their time. Heavily influential, they have contributed a great deal to rock, hip hop and a slew of other genres. In addition they continue to experiment with sounds making us question the definition of what popular music can be. Their most popular album was Vivid, but with each album they have evolved their sound to something different all together while remaining distinctly recognizable. This band is no cookie cutter hit machine, and we're all better off for it because without bands like LC the music landscape would be a cold, barren wasteland of bubblegum and bling. Just my two cents, obviously they have my vote, hope they make it.

Posted by GRiSH on Saturday, 11.13.10 @ 11:55am

Dunno about the actual criteria behind the HOF, all I know is that Living Colour are one of the hardest working bands; always been, but are even working harder for a few years without enough recognition. The "prize" is more than deserved.

Posted by Handova on Saturday, 11.13.10 @ 16:27pm

What can I say...
LC IS a true rock legend right now!!!

Virtuous musicians, lyrics with sense, care for the fans (constant touring proves it). More than 20 years have passed and they still rock your a"" off.

A live song performance of LC is one of a kind, playing in a small venue or at a big stadium.

They deserve the spot more than any band I can think off.

They are so underrated by media and critics but we know the kind of s""t they support. Peace

Posted by Rod on Sunday, 11.14.10 @ 05:23am

They were and still are always ahead of their time!

What an amazing and also sympathetic band - my personal all-time favourites!!

Posted by #arry on Tuesday, 11.16.10 @ 02:18am

Cult of Personality

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 11.16.10 @ 19:34pm

They were just there when they came on, not riding the crest of a trend or anything. They were and are still one of a kind. They are the essence of rock, not even a hint of selfpity in their music and what makes rock stand out.

Posted by Bas on Tuesday, 11.23.10 @ 04:31am

Because they are black they should make it in? They were a mediocre rock band that was way overrated.

Posted by DAO on Thursday, 01.13.11 @ 16:00pm

DAO, get your ears checked. These guys are one of the best bands EVER. Definitely deserve a spot.

Posted by Den on Friday, 01.14.11 @ 01:04am

im a cult of personality

Posted by really on Thursday, 10.27.11 @ 19:09pm

Why would a "racially diverse", good, not great band from the later 1980's be deserving, but a GREAT, racially diverse band from 1966-1967, Love, be ignored?

For those of you who carry around "white guilt", are amongst the small number of Black R & R fans, OR who just know your great music, its time to make some noise about Love's exclusion from the RRHOF. There is no logical explanation. Therefore, you have to look for possible explanations which are illogical. (e.g., recall that Jann "Queen" Wenner blocked the Monkees induction, even though the band had been "mathematically" elected).

Somebody, or some group of people on the Board are blocking Love's nomination & induction. Its time to force the issue into the open.

Posted by Skip on Thursday, 11.17.11 @ 05:18am

One, looking for illogical explanations screams "conspiracy theory". While Love has a definite argument, there are a lot of garage bands from the era that could also fit the bill. This being if you envision a scenario where the Hall would specifically select one garage band from the 60's to represent the genre.

Two, "White Guilt"? Don't forget, country music was in on the ground floor of this as well.

Three, up till now I never heard anything about Wenner blocking the Monkees, even though they were mathematically elected. I'll admit to being asleep at the switch sometimes, but can you clue me in as to when this happened?

For that matter, can ANYONE clue me in, in reference to this last fact?

Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 11.17.11 @ 05:53am

I've never heard of Commodore Wenner blocking the Monkees either.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 11.17.11 @ 06:22am

I had previously heard something like that. It might have been a comment by Gitarzan (a noted Monkees lover).

Hadn't heard the 'mathematically elected' part, just that he had put his foot down & said no effing Monkees.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 11.17.11 @ 07:57am

CM Punk and Wayan Brothers should induct them
Punk uses Cult of Personalty as theme music in WWE
and Wayan Brothers show was In Living Color

Posted by John on Tuesday, 08.27.13 @ 14:11pm

DAO probably wet himself watching Kiss pat themself on the back. Stick to reading the Wall Street Journal with your frat buddies. This music ain't for you asshole! Also it's funny to see Linda Ronstadt get inducted with the first clip being Mike Nesmith's Different Drum. The Monkees are legitimately a supergroup (like LC) Tork's Do I Have to Do This All Over Again, Nesmith's What Am I Doing Hanging Round and Dolenz's Randy Scouse Git are great songs that piss on the %$@#$ beastie Boys (probably another of moron DAO's favs

Posted by Robt C on Monday, 06.2.14 @ 02:46am

They should be inducted eventually.

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 22:13pm

LC Do no deserve.

Posted by frog on Monday, 12.26.16 @ 18:43pm

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