Song Stuck In My Head: 'Glamour' vs. Fierce

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"Glamour Boys" - Living Colour (1988)

Sometimes I can never find the right song for a particular mood. Like yesterday, I needed something bouncy, but it had to be with a grinding guitar that didn't sound pop, but more hard rock. Then I got "the lightbulb moment". Living Colour. Duh. Somehow I forget all about Living Colour, which is a big shame on me. How can I really? I've known about them for a spell, even own some tunes...it's just that sometimes you stupidly forget. 

Black groups seeped in hard rock are quite hard to come by, and Living Colour along with Fishbone and Mother's Finest are possibly an essential trifecta if you're in the need for something that's not Funkadelic or Prince, but not far from the apple tree. Snark and guitar licks is what I love about Living Colour, and my favorite, "Glamour Boys" is filled with that. It's a little bouncier than what comes off of their great 1988 debut, Vivid, and to me, it feels like a precursor to what Terence Trent D'Arby accomplished on a full album (1993's Symphony or Damn) due to the jangling guitar work. It has a real snide side-eye type of punch that calls out on all the "Ken Dolls" out there. You know who they are, they just call them "hipsters" now. Be fierce and listen in...

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