Stain (album)

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Studio album by Living Colour
Released March 2, 1993 (1993-03-02)
Recorded 1992 at Bearsville Studios and Long View Farm
Genre Funk metal, alternative metal, experimental rock
Length 44:56
Label Epic
Producer Ron Saint Germain
Living Colour
Living Colour chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]
Entertainment Weekly C−[4]

Stain is the third album by Living Colour. It was released on March 2, 1993, by Epic Records. It is the first album to feature bassist Doug Wimbish. Stain features a much heavier and aggressive Living Colour, containing elements of thrash metal and industrial music. It reached #26 on the Billboard 200; however, the band would split up on January 1995 following a tour with Bad Brains. One of their last shows, before reuniting years later, would be a performance at CBGB's.

The cover art shows a woman wearing a brank.

From the mid-90s through early 2010s, the album was out of print due to rights issues after a lawsuit from Jon Stainbrook of the band The Stain forced Sony to cease production of the album.[5] However, it is available as an MP3 download. In November 2013 the album has been reissued by Music On CD and is available again.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Go Away"   Calhoun, Glover, Reid, Wimbish 4:03
2. "Ignorance Is Bliss"   Calhoun, Glover, Reid, Wimbish 3:17
3. "Leave It Alone"   Glover, Reid, Wimbish 3:29
4. "Bi"   Calhoun, Reid 4:46
5. "Mind Your Own Business"   Reid 3:17
6. "Ausländer"   Calhoun, Glover, Reid, Wimbish 2:38
7. "Never Satisfied"   Glover, Reid 4:06
8. "Nothingness"   Calhoun 3:30
9. "Postman"   Reid 3:31
10. "WTFF" (stands for What-The-Fuck Factor) Betts, Calhoun, Glover, Reid, Wimbish 2:15
11. "This Little Pig"   Calhoun, Glover, Reid, Wimbish 3:04
12. "Hemp"   Reid, Fairley 1:36
13. "Wall"   Calhoun, Glover, Reid, Wimbish 5:23

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
UK Albums Chart 19 [6]
U.S. Billboard 200 26 [7]


Year Single Chart Position
1993 "Nothingness" Modern Rock Tracks 17
"Leave It Alone" Modern Rock Tracks 4
Mainstream Rock Tracks 14


  • Ron Saint Germain - production, recording, mixing
  • Andre Betts - additional production
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering
  • Andrew Fairley - vocals on "Hemp"
  • Bernard Fowler - backing vocals
  • Carol Chen - art direction
  • Amy Guip - photography
  • Mouri Mbonika - cover model


  1. ^ "Stain Review". Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Stain Review. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Living Colour Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Stain Review". 5 March 1993. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "STAIND Settles Court Case With THE STAIN". 
  6. ^ "UK charts page for Living Colour". Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Living Colour album charts [albums]". Billboard. Retrieved 23 April 2011.