This week’s video is Cult Of Personality by Living Colour from their debut album Vivid.
I’ve chosen this video because, well, I just always really liked this song & was in the mood to hear it today! I don’t have a lot to say about it – I only knew one other Living Colour single (Glamour Boys) but, hell, they were never going to top Cult Of Personality. Having one awesome hit is better than all of us who have none! 😉
But I did learn one interesting thing while reading about this song: I now know what a cult of personality is! Huh. You learn something new every day (even at my age). Here’s Wikipedia’s description of a “cult of personality”:
A cult of personality arises when an individual uses mass media, propaganda, or other methods to create an idealized, heroic, and at times worshipful image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise.
And I’m going to be lazy & also let Wikipedia tell you a little about the song, too:
Cult Of Personality prominently includes several audio samples of speeches from 20th-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 appears in the song, the quote is:
“… And during the few moments that we have left, … We want to talk right down to earth in a language that everybody here can easily understand.”
During a rest in the music at 4:35, John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address is heard (“Ask not what your country can do for you …”). The song ends with Franklin D. Roosevelt saying “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”, from his first inaugural address. The lyrics also mention Benito Mussolini, John F. Kennedy, Joseph Stalin, and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
Well, there you go! Now let’s shut up & just listen to this song. Because it’s awesome. 🙂