Given all the political attention (or tension) over a certain reality TV personality lately, I thought this would be a relevant and appropriate choice for Today’s Runner.

Living Colour hit the scene in 1988 with this, their debut, album Vivid and its mega hit Cult of Personality. Vivid lays funk, punk, alternative, jazz, soul and rap onto a solid bed rock n’ roll release and Living Colour deliveres it to the masses through exciting stage shows and interesting politically laced MTV music videos. I caught them at the Riviera Theater in 1989. It was a wild show and, I think probably the last time I indulged in the whole mosh pit experience. The album had a second minor hit in Glamour Boys and a great cover of Talking Heads’ Memories Can’t Wait. Other relevant highlights include the Zep inspired Desperate People, What’s Your Favorite Color and Which Way to America.

Webster defines Cult of Personality as: a situation in which a public figure (such as a political leader) is deliberately presented to the people of a country as a great person who should be admired and loved. The Donald may fit that definition even though the loudest voice proclaiming his admiration is his own. I just hope that when voting time comes around the rest of the country can distinguish between personality and genius.

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