Muzz Skillings

Muzz Skillings (Queens, New York) is an American bassist, singer, guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for having been the original bassist with Living Colour.

Skillings played bass, sang backing vocals, and co-wrote songs on the Grammy award-winning 1988 debut album Vivid, the Grammy award-winning 1990 follow up Time’s Up, and the 1991 EP Biscuits. His use of melodic, complex and moving bass lines during his time with Living Colour left him with high acclaim from musicians worldwide.

Skillings’s departure from the band in 1992 was due to musical differences, and a desire to branch off and evolve musically outside of Living Colour. He left under good terms (as indicated in his liner notes printed in the album sleeve of Living Colour’s 1995 best-of compilation, Pride) and has returned to the band on occasion (for one-off events) in order to cover for their current bassist Doug Wimbish when the latter is unavailable.

Skillings has since led a band called Medicine Stick, in which he plays electric guitar and sings lead vocals, as well as writing the songs.


with Living Colour

  • Vivid (1988)
  • Time’s Up (1990)
  • Biscuits (EP) (1991)
  • Live from CBGB’s (2005) – Recorded live on December 19, 1989
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