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Public Image Ltd.

New Wave/Punk music, culture, genres, memories. '80s revivalism and other relevant topics.

Public Image Ltd.

Postby Michael Bully » Fri May 04, 2018 1:13 pm

Anyone else rate Public Image Ltd ? After John Lydon left the Sex Pistols and formed PIL in 1978 , the band bought out some incredible material. Totally unpredictable , they veered from Punk towards some quite ground -breaking experimental rock. A few numbers such as 'Careering ' and 'Home is Where The Heart' were a merger between New Wave and dub reggae, The 'Flowers of Romance ' album from 1981 showed some Arabic influence, 'Death Disco ' (1979) even borrowed from 'Swan Lake' , other releases just defied musical categories.
In 1986 they surprised everyone even further by bringing out 'album' which was essentially a hard rock LP with guitar solos. After that they settled into becoming more of a rock band, and lost their edge, though Lydon still has his own unique vocals and still manages to upset people in interview.

Here is a clip of PIL performing the single 'Flowers of Romance'
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Re: Public Image Ltd.

Postby bpdp3 » Mon May 07, 2018 6:19 pm

I love the pistols and johnny could've only done "bullocks" and nothing else and I'd forever be in awe of what he delivered on that album. However, I'm glad he immediately went on to do something so different.
What a bassist in jah wobble. When I first heard the "public image" single it was instant obsession. Still is, every time I hear it.
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Re: Public Image Ltd.

Postby Michael Bully » Mon May 21, 2018 11:09 am

Indeed, I admire John Lydon for giving up on the whole 'Johnny Rotten' personae and embarking on a whole new musical direction with PIL. As mentioned, I liked the fact that when a new PIL release appeared, nobody could be sure what it would sound like.
Jah Wobble was a good bass player, ranks with Peter Hook ('Hooky) from Joy Division/ New Order and The Stranglers' Jean-Jacques Burnel who really wanted to get the bass to the forefront of a track.
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