It seems as though this week marks another niche in the belt for World Wrestling Entertainment in terms of cross-breeding with multiple facets of the Entertainment Industry and leaving its mark on the face of pop culture yet again.
This past Monday on the World Wrestling Entertainment company’s flagship show, ‘Monday Night Raw’, then thought to be unemployed wrestler CM Punk made a shocking appearance and return to the WWE in the last meandering minutes of the show, breathing new life into a somewhat sterile environment. But it was the song of choice which blasted throughout the arena and into the televisions of millions around the world that has one veteran rock band smiling ear to ear this week, homegrown rockers Living Colour, whose 1988 top ten hit “Cult of Personality” was said song of the evening.
Living Colour, a band known for their fissuring of musical styles ranging from Jazz to Punk and Metal, catapulted to success in 1988 when MTV started playing their music video for “Cult of Personality” helping the album ‘Vivid‘ reach #6 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and eventually winning the band their first Grammy in 1990 for ‘Best Hard Rock Performance’.
Since the airing of this week’s ‘Monday Night Raw‘, the song seems to have had its own “Sopranos” moment, so to speak, with it entering the US iTunes Top 200 Songs immediately following this Monday’s RAW and is currently sitting at #95 in the Top 100 US iTunes Songs and #3 on the US iTunes Top 10 Rock Songs.
For being more than twenty years past its prime, the song also has done fairly well in the UK this week with its UK iTunes Top 100 Songs chart positions starting at #57 on July 26th, 2011 and moving up to #49 on July 27th, 2011 and remaining there as of July 28th, 2011. It has also reached #1 on the UK iTunes Top 10 Rock Songs chart as well as #5 on the Ireland iTunes Top 10 Rock Songs chart.
Longtime fans of CM Punk who followed his career prior to the WWE when he worked for Ring Of Honor Wrestling saw this turn of events as no surprise, as Punk used “Cult of Personality” as his theme music during his ROH career.
To view footage of CM Punk & Living Colour’s triumphant return go to: http://vids.wwe.com/12695/raw-cm-punk-makes-his-shocking-r
For more information on Living Colour go to: http://www.livingcolour.com
For more information on CM Punk go to: http://www.cmpunk.com or follow him on Twitter @CMPunk