Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox cover Living Color’s ‘Cult Of Personality’

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King Crimson founder Robert Fripp and his wife, singer Toyah Willcox, have shared a cover of Living Color’s ‘Cult Of Personality’ – watch it below.

The cover is part of the couple’s “Sunday Lunch” video series that launched in 2020. So far, the pair have seen renditions of songs from Ramones, Nirvana, David Bowie, Metallica, Billy Idol, The Rolling Stones, Judas. Priest, The Prodigy, Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper and many more via Willcox’s YouTube channel.

In recent weeks they’ve covered Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World,” the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” and Kaiser Chiefs’ “I Predict A Riot”; Last week’s cover featured the pair’s take on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Can’t Stop.”

This week, however, the two revisited Living Color’s ‘Cult Of Personality’. The hard rock song was originally released in 1988 with Willcox and Fripp covering the song early last month as a show of solidarity with Ukraine after the invasion by Russia.

This new version is a slightly more cheerful affair, with a hand-painted Living Color sign in the background of their kitchen next to a peace sign, although Willcox can still be seen with a toy gun in hand.

“We’re taking another look at this ringer of a number,” reads the video’s caption. Check it out below.

Speaking of the 2019 track, Living Color’s Vernon Reid said: NME that “with people like Trump and the rise of other populists, that song feels even more relevant. ‘Cult of Personality’ is a song that makes Living Color consistently relevant, but it’s a pyrrhic victory.”

In August, Willcox released her 16th studio album ‘Posh Pop’, which she previewed with the single ‘Levitate’ featuring Simon Darlow and Bobby Willcox.

Discussing the album in an interview with NME, Willcox explains how it came about. “When COVID stopped everything last year, I was able to focus on writing and recording the next album,” she said. “We recorded in Simon’s outdoor studio with just him, my husband and I.

“’Posh Pop’ was a magical experience born out of the need and ability to connect with our fans in a genuine way. Also, the terrifying distance between those who lead the world and those on the ground inspired my writing.

She added: “We worked with Fripp in the studio and gave him the chord progressions the day before and said, ‘We want you to come in and improvise and that’s what we’ll be using’. It was spontaneous.”

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