Time's Up (Living Colour album)

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Time's Up
Studio album by Living Colour
Released August 20, 1990
Recorded 1989-90 at A&M Recording and RPM Studios
Genre Heavy metal, funk metal, hard rock, neo-psychedelia
Length 57:35
Label Epic
Producer Ed Stasium
Living Colour chronology
Time's Up

Time's Up is the second studio album by the band Living Colour, released on August 20, 1990 through Epic Records. It was the follow-up to their successful 1988 album Vivid. Time's Up features a wide range of genres and also includes cameo appearances by Queen Latifah, Little Richard, Doug E. Fresh, Maceo Parker and James Earl Jones. After the album was released, it reached gold status, peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 and later won a Grammy for best hard rock album of the year. It is the final album to feature Muzz Skillings on bass, though it was not his last release with the band (as he appeared on the Biscuits EP). As of 2011, the album is out of print, and problems with the rights ownership make a reissue unlikely. However, it is available as an MP3 download. In late February 2014, the album was reissued in Europe by Music On CD and is available once again.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau A−
Entertainment Weekly (A) link

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Vernon Reid, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Time's Up"   Reid, Muzz Skillings, Corey Glover, Will Calhoun 3:05
2. "History Lesson"     0:52
3. "Pride"   Calhoun 4:55
4. "Love Rears Its Ugly Head"     4:19
5. "New Jack Theme"     3:30
6. "Someone Like You"   Skillings 3:47
7. "Elvis Is Dead"     3:50
8. "Type"     6:26
9. "Information Overload"     6:11
10. "Under Cover of Darkness"   Glover 4:17
11. "Ology"   Skillings 1:07
12. "Fight the Fight"   Calhoun, Glover, Reid, Skillings 4:32
13. "Tag Team Partners"   Glover 0:48
14. "Solace of You"   Glover, Reid 3:38
15. "This Is the Life"     6:23

Banded version[edit]

A special US advance promo version eliminating "History Lesson", "Ology" and "Tag Team Partners". Catalog number ESK 2171

No. Title Length
1. "Time's Up"    
2. "Pride"    
3. "Love Rears Its Ugly Head"    
4. "New Jack Theme"    
5. "Someone Like You"    
6. "Elvis Is Dead"    
7. "Type"    
8. "Information Overload"    
9. "Under Cover of Darkness"    
10. "Fight the Fight"    
11. "Solace of You"    
12. "This Is the Life"    


  • John Aguto - assistant engineer
  • Akbar Ali - strings
  • Charles Burnham - strings
  • Don Byron - clarinet, baritone saxophone
  • Greg Calbi - mastering
  • Annette Daniels - background vocals
  • D.K. Dyson - background vocals
  • Eileen Folson - strings
  • Doug E. Fresh - percussion, vocals
  • Alan Friedman - programming
  • Lolly Grodner - assistant engineer
  • Paul Hamingson - engineer, assistant engineer
  • Mick Jagger - background vocals
  • Toshinobu Kubota - background vocals
  • Jeff Lippay - assistant engineer
  • Little Richard - vocals
  • Yubie Navas - background vocals
  • Maceo Parker - saxophone
  • Queen Latifah - vocals
  • Alva Rogers - background vocals
  • Rosa Russ - background vocals
  • Ed Stasium - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Francine Stasium - background vocals
  • Lex Van Pieterson - photography
  • Reggie Workman - strings
  • Derin Young - vocals, background vocals

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 13 [1]
UK Albums Chart 20 [2]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1990 "Type" Modern Rock Tracks 3
Mainstream Rock Tracks 5
"Elvis Is Dead" Modern Rock Tracks 25
1991 Hot Dance Music/Club Play 18
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 10
"Love Rears Its Ugly Head" Modern Rock Tracks 8
Mainstream Rock Tracks 28


Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1991 Time's Up Best Hard Rock Performance


  1. ^ "Living Colour album charts [albums]". Billboard. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  2. ^ [1], UK charts page for Living Colour