For Canada’s The Metal Voice Kenny Kessel spoke to Living Colour’s singer Corey Glover on May 3, 2023 at the Newburgh Vintage Emporium in NY in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the bands debut album ‘Vivid‘ which was released May 3, 1988.
In the chat Corey Glover talked about the writing, recording and touring of ‘Vivid’ and how Rolling Stones’ singer Mick Jagger helped in breaking the band in the early days. Plus Glover spoke about some new music he was working on and if Living Colour was working on a new album.
When asked how Mick Jagger helped in breaking the band in the early days, pre Vivid
“Vernon (Reid, Guitarist) got a chance to play for Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) on his solo record and Jagger had heard about Vernon and Living Color and he (Mick Jagger) and Jeff Beck actually came to see us play at CBGB’s. After that he (Mick Jagger) was like if there is anything I can do to help you guys just let me know. We’re looking for a record deal at the time right so he’s like I’m recording and mixing my record at the studio in the city on 48th Street. I’ve rented out the whole studio and I have spare rooms if you want to come in and we’ll do some demos. We’ll work on some stuff and see if that works out. We went in and we did ‘Which way to America’ and we did ‘Glamor boys’ which we thought was sort of commercial in its own right. So he (Mick Jagger) produced and recorded those two songs as a demo, to send out to record companies. And we got some interesting people coming around and saying stuff, we can make this happen, we can make you the biggest stars in the world and…so on.. Then we went to Epic Records and Epic was like what will make this work, we can listen to it all day and it sounds great and sonically that’s good but we want to make a record that sounds like you playing live.”
When asked if Living Colour was working on new music
“Oh absolutely we’re always working on the music. It’s difficult, take our time in making albums, that’s a blessing and a curse. Because you get a lot of material while in the space between. So if there’s nothing to do something will come up to do and we all have something to do. We’re all working all the time. Everybody’s doing other things, so it’s hard. We have to carve out times to be able to get together and really sort of concentrate on making a record. Which is difficult. “