Friday, January 27, 2006

Living Colour won't repeat past, except for its latest retrospective

Friday, January 20, 2006
Gary Graff

Even though Living Colour's latest release is a retrospective -- "Everything Is Possible: The Very Best of Living Colour" (Epic/Legacy) -- guitarist Vernon Reid says what's keeping the band together these days is a desire not to repeat the past -- or even think that much about it.

"I'm very clear in my own head you cannot fix the past," Reid says. "Every band is its own little militia. Every militia has its own history, its own heroes and villains. But we're in the here and now. It's an interesting place to be."

After busting out of the New York-based Black Rock Coalition thanks to the patronage of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and 1988's multiplatinum album "Vivid," the quartet put out three more albums before splitting in 1995. Living Colour reunited in 2000 and released a new album, "Collideoscope," in 2003.

"Everything Is Possible" features hits such as "Cult of Personality" and "Glamour Boys," plus a remix of "Love Rears its Ugly Head" and a rare cover of Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love." Nowadays, Reid says, the band members are "more willing to be real about real things. I would say my relationship with Corey Glover has been the best it's ever been with the lead singer. We all understand what it means to be dedicated to this band again."

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