My friends Bill in England and Chris in Rutherford had been revisiting Living Colour and their fine output of the late 80s. (Though in the case of Bill, it's less a revisit and more of a "never leaving.") While this was going on, I had been toying around with an idea for the next part in a series I had started writing last year called "Songs 'n' The Hoods," all of which can be found below.
I had been reading the first parts over to see what was covered and where I left off. The following is an excerpt from Part 8, a story about my friend Tim Vega, written back in October of 2010:
The moment that really sealed the friendship was the night we first saw Living Colour at Tramps. The band was unsigned at the time, and we really hadn't seen anything of this caliber before. It was Sly & The Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin and the Bad Brains all in one band. Between 1984-1987, Tim & I must have seen these guys 20 times, mostly at CBGBs, where we'd end up sitting on top of a speaker stack to the left of the stage, because that was all the room that was left. Those nights, after gallons of beer and more, found us finishing things up by getting a slice of pizza at St. Mark's Pizza, and sitting in the middle of an empty parking lot on Lafayette Street, eating, and trying to dry up before retiring around 3 A.M.
I guess it's a good time as any to break out this killer show.
Living Colour is not for everybody. But if you were even remotely suckered in by their brilliant hybrid of funk/punk/metal and soul, this early, pre-"Vivid" set from Tramps in NYC is a must.
LIVING COLOUR- TRAMPS, 3/7/87
For Bill, Chris, and Tim
I Have To Be Myself Tonight
I Want To Know