Vivid is the debut studio album by the American rock band Living Colour, released on May 3, 1988 through Epic Records. It was one of the most popular albums of 1988, reaching No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and certified double platinum by the RIAA.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Vernon Reid, except where noted. 

1."Cult of Personality"  Reid, Muzz Skillings, Corey Glover, Will Calhoun4:54
2."I Want to Know"   4:24
3."Middle Man"  Glover, Reid3:47
4."Desperate People"  Calhoun, Reid, Glover, Skillings5:36
5."Open Letter (To a Landlord)"  Reid, Tracie Morris5:32
6."Funny Vibe"   4:20
7."Memories Can't Wait"  David Byrne, Jerry Harrison4:30
8."Broken Hearts"   4:50
9."Glamour Boys"   3:39
10."What's Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song)"  Reid, Glover3:56
11."Which Way to America?"   3:41
Total length:


Living Colour

Additional personnel

  • Mick Jagger – harmonica (8), backing vocals
  • Chuck Drapping (6)
  • Flavor Flav – social commentary (6)
  • The Fowler Family – additional backing vocals (2 and 5)
  • Dennis Diamond – carnival barker (8)


  • Tracks 1-8 & 10 Produced by Ed Stasium. Recorded by Ed Stasium & Paul Hamingson. Mixed by Paul Hamingson.
  • Tracks 9 & 11 Produced by Mick Jagger. Recorded by Ron St. Germain. Mixed by Ed Stasium & Paul Hamingson.
  • Assistant Recording & Mix Engineers: Danny Mormando, Debi Cornish, Stephen Immerwahr, Mike McMackin, Tom Durack, U.E. Natasi
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi
  • All Songs Published by Dare To Dream Music, except "Memories Can't Wait" (WB Music Corp./Bleu Disque Music Inc./Index Music).[6]

Chart performance

Australia (ARIA Chart)52
New Zealand Chart2[7]
U.S. Billboard 2006[8]
Norwegian Charts7[9]


1988"Cult of Personality"Billboard Hot 10013
Mainstream Rock Tracks9
"Middle Man"Denmark Singles Chart55
"Glamour Boys"Billboard Hot 10031
Mainstream Rock Tracks11
"Open Letter (To a Landlord)"Billboard Hot 10082
Mainstream Rock Tracks11


Grammy Awards

1990"Cult of Personality"Best Hard Rock Performance