Stain (album)

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Studio album by Living Colour
Released March 3, 1993 (1993-03-03)
Recorded 1992
Studio Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York and Long View Farm, North Brookfield, Massachusetts
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 No. 26 on the Billboard 200. The band split up in January 1995 following a tour with Bad Brains.

The cover art shows a woman wearing a brank.

From the mid-1990s through the 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] In November 2013, the album was reissued by Music On CD and is also available as an MP3 download.

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[6] 19
US Billboard 200[7] 26


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



  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.