Cult of Personality (song)

Cult Of Personality (Song)

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"Cult of Personality" is a song by funk metal band Living Colour. It was the first single from their debut album, Vivid, released in 1989. "Cult of Personality" reached No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 9 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. It also won the Grammy award for "Best Hard Rock Performance" in 1989. Its music video earned two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Group Video and Best New Artist. The song was ranked #69 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. In 2007, the song was re-recorded and released for the video game Legends of Rock.

The band's founder, Vernon Reid described the song as very special for the band not just for its commercial success but because it was essentially written in just one rehearsal session. The riff was stumbled upon while practicing something else and by the end of the session they had written what was to become Living Colour's best known song.

The song contains many political references, and shares its name with a phenomenon involving psychology and politics.

Political figures referenced

"Cult of Personality" prominently includes several audio samples of speeches from twentieth-century political leaders.

The song begins with an edited quote from the beginning of "Message to the Grass Roots", a speech by Malcolm X. As it...
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