Public Image Limited - Album - LP
There’s a funny back-story involving this album title. John Lydon was angry at director Alex Cox for making an untruthful film about his deceased Sex Pistols band mate Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy. So, as retaliation, he decided to call this album Compact Disc, Cassette or Album depending on the format… which was a take-off from how things were labeled in one of Cox’s earlier films Repo Man. … But then there was a punk band in 1982 who had previously thought of this concept, and they weren’t too happy with Lydon taking their idea. So, Flipper released a live album Public Flipper Limited Live 1980-1985. There’s a lot of passive aggressiveness in the entertainment industry, apparently!
There really is no more PiL; this is more of a John Lydon solo project with some contributions from high caliber musicians as drummers Ginger Baker (former member of Cream) and Tony Williams (worked with Miles Davis), guitarist Steve Vai and Ryuichi Sakamoto (Yellow Magic Orchestra) on the synthesizers.
I’ve seen this album described as both a return-to-form and a sell-out; both labels could be fair though misleading. This is a return to form in the sense that music seems much more polished than This is What You Want… This is What You Get and a sell-out meaning that it’s by far the most mainstream PiL album to this point. At any rate, the album is great, and its “mainstream” tendency means that you have a good chance of liking it.
For the most part, Lydon was going more of an arena-rock direction, and ended up making one of the finest albums of the genre that I’ve ever heard. The album consists of seven tracks, and each and every one of them are fantastic. The arena rock is off to a big start with “FFF.” The drums are loud, the guitars are crunchy and you won’t do it justice if you don’t crank up the volume. “Rise” is the most well-known song here, which features a highly developed and engaging atmosphere with a catchy melody to boot. “Fishing” resembles hair metal except it’s actually good, and “Round” has one of the most unusual (and awesome) guitar solos on the planet. My weird choice for the best song of the album goes to “Bags.” That puts a bit of a kink into some listeners’ theory that the group had sold out; it has an atmosphere that rivals anything from Flowers of Romance and a wild and driving beat to dance to. You won’t be disappointed!
Artist: Public Image Ltd.
Produced by: Bill Laswell
Originally Released in:1986
Number of Discs: 1
Condition: New/ Sealed Reissue