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Background Noise: Public Image Limited, plastic box, the Wobble years

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on April 9, 2010

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the difference between punk and post punk can be clearly seen in the difference between the sex pistols and the group formed by John Lydon (formerly Johnny Rotten) public image Ltd (PIL) after the demise of the sex pistols, in 1978 with Keith Levine on guitar and jah wobble on bass. The incredible motorik drumming was originally Canadian Jim Walker, Richard Dudensky and Martin Atkins. And manager was London former musician, filmmaker and record company executive Jeanette Lee. The energy of the sex pistols but injected with intelligent musical ideas and arrangements. This morning the limited edition plastic box released last year by virgin UK with unreleased recordings such as from John Peel session in 1979 as well as all vinyl releases.

Concentrating on the first two years,the wobble years before the departure of jah wobble at the end of 1980.PIL had a great impact on many post punk bands including Sydney’s Scattered Order. When PIL came on to the scene in 1978 there was a certain amount of resentment from fans of the sex pistols and the media who did not want the sex pistols to end. John Lydon ended the sex pistols because he believed he had taken them as far as they could go and he wanted excitement and a new musical adventure and believes that people now understand PIL better than they did at the time. He chose Keith Levine and jah wobble because they would be able to be musically adventurous. They successfully fused the influences of Kraut Rock and dub reggae.

CD 1


1,public image,a- side,the first single,2’58”, October 1978, written about all the pistols fans and others who just wanted Johnny Rotten to never change. He did not want to keep repeating himself. The record company never thought it would be successful, reached number nine in the UK charts

2,the cowboy song,b — side, the first single,2′ 18″, very adventurous

4, religion I, public image limited first issue — first album, December 1978,1′ 28″

5, religion II,”,5′ 48″ break

9, poptones, metal box unreleased BBC Peel Sessions,4′ 32″, 1979, story about a cassette with a song playing repeatedly in a car which was used to abduct a young girl, after her release police identified the car from the cassette with the song playing

10, careering, metal box unreleased BBC Peel session,7′ 32″, 1979, metal box was really the quintessential PIL release. They all believed that the future lay in video and film and so it was released as 3 12 inch 45 records in a film canister also because John Lydon was a great record collector and did not want the records to be damaged. With metal box they wanted to further develop the cinematic film theme.

11, chant, metal box unreleased BBC Peel session,5′ 14″, 1979 break

12, death disco (12 inch remix), 1979,6′ 42″, June 1979, John wrote this for his mother who had cancer which she thought was very funny. The family were always able to laugh in any predicament.

14, no birds do sing, June 1979 b side of death disco 7 inch,4′ 42″, after a poem by Keats which seemed to apply to his thoughts about suburbia break


tracks from metal box:

4,the suit,3’31”
5,bad baby,4’31”

In September last year John Lydon reformed PIL with a new lineup.