Nothingness (song)

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Living Colour Nothingness.jpg
Single by Living Colour
from the album Stain
Released 1993
Format CD
Recorded 1993
Genre Hard rock
Experimental rock
Length 3:30
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Will Calhoun
Producer(s) Ron Saint Germain
Living Colour
Living Colour singles chronology
Stain track listing
"Never Satisfied"
(Track 7)
(Track 8)
(Track 9)

"Nothingness" is a song by Living Colour and the third single off their third studio album, Stain. The ballad reached #17 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1993. It was later included on two greatest hits compilations, Pride (1995) and Everything Is Possible: The Very Best of Living Colour (2006). An acoustic version, allegedly intended for Dutch radio, was also included on 1994's Japan-exclusive Dread compilation.[1]

This particularly moody track serves as a break from the more upbeat songs on the album. It opens with crickets chirping and a synthesizer-like guitar progression. A prominent bass rhythm carries the song and provides flashy funk-style fills. Lyrically, "Nothingness" delves into bleak themes of isolation and loneliness. Corey Glover's powerful voice is demonstrated toward the song's end as he wails its final chorus. The double-track effect of Glover's vocals were accomplished by having Glover sing directly into an outdoor satellite dish (with the microphone placed in the feedhorn location of the dish), hence the satellite-themed artwork of the single.

Music video[edit]

The "Nothingness" video relies on brief clips of musical performance and atmosphere with no obvious story concept. It hosts dark, ambient background visuals such as clouds flowing across a piercing sun. Shots are brief and frequently fade to black with the band members seen in heavily shadowed or silhouetted form. As depicted on the CD single cover, satellite dishes are also seen in various settings.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
U.S. Modern Rock 17 [2]
Australia (ARIA Chart) 85 [3]
RIANZ Singles Chart 28 [4]


  1. ^ Living Colour Retrieved on 1-07-09.
  2. ^ [1] single charts for Living Colour
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  4. ^ [2], New Zealand charts for Living Colour

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