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This Is PiL

Public Image Limited Audio CD
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Public Image Ltd (PiL) are an English post-punk band formed by vocalist John Lydon, guitarist Keith Levene and bassist Jah Wobble, with frequent subsequent personnel changes. Lydon is the sole constant member of the band.

Lydon emerged after the break-up of the Sex Pistols with PiL's First Issue (1978). His new band had a more experimental sound: Wobble's "droning, ... Read more in Amazon's Public Image Limited Store

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  • Audio CD (28 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: PiL Official
  • ASIN: B007TDK1UK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Public Image Ltd can confirm that their first new album in 20 years This Is PiL released on May 28th will contain 12 tracks (tracklisting below). The album is self-funded by PiL and will be released on PiL s own label PiL Official via Cargo UK Distribution. All the new material was recorded in the UK last year at Steve Winwood s studio in the Cotswolds. John Lydon talks about This Is PiL : Well, 12 songs, where do I begin? Everything and anything that attracts my attention. One Drop is about my early youth in Finsbury Park. Fantastic! Hello, we re all teenagers don t you forget it! At any age, stay young. Lollipop Opera is basically a beautiful bunch of background noise and music to sum up Britain and all its wonderful ambidextrousness! The Room I Am In well that s about drugs and council flats. And there s a tragedy that still continues. I Must Be Dreaming Well, you know, I must be to put up with these governments. Following on from their monumental live performance at BBC Radio 6 Birthday Celebrations at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday March 16th which saw PiL include and baptise 2 new songs: Deeper Water and One Drop, PiL also played 2 very special shows at London s Heaven showcasing more tracks from the new album with The Times commenting This was and evening uncompromising art music, worthy of the total concentration of the audience. The track One Drop has now also received airplay from BBC Radio 6, XFM and Absolute Radio. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time PiL's music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 Singles and 5 UK Top 20 Albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound John Lydon guided the band from their debut album 'First Issue' in 1978 through to 1992's 'That What Is Not', before a 17 year hiatus. John then resurrected PiL in 2009 playing live worldwide. Now after 20 years yet another new and unique chapter is set to unfold in the shape of new PiL material. John Lydon- After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses. Lu Edmonds- Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album Happy? and co-writing the album 9 adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound. Bruce Smith- Former drummer in The Pop Group and The Slits became percussionist for PiL also in 1986 playing and recording on the albums Happy? and 9 . Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce Smith brought his unique style into the fold. Scott Firth- A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn, and Elvis Costello.

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Fittingly, it begins with a long, unrepentant burp. A dubby rumble of bass and icy chimes of guitar follow closely behind, and already we’re back inside a sonic blueprint that helped define the post-punk era.

"This is PiL," is the prowling war cry of this opening title-track, "And we’re quite a-PiL-ing!”

Hardly vintage repartee, but that’s not because Mr Lydon is short of things to say. "I am John!" he shouts to introduce One Drop, "And I was born in London!" Whether he might like some spare change for his tube fare home is slightly less clear, but he's got our attention. "We are the focus, not of the hopeless," he insists as a loose-limbed guitar skanks idly around the beat, and by the time he claims "We are the ageless, we are teenagers," the sheer charisma of that wailing, hectoring delivery has managed to convince you of sentiments that logic tells you are highly questionable.

So far so Rotten then, and the urgent, uptight melancholia of Deeper Water also preserves that sense of waving and drowning. But it's Human that really grabs your attention most as he informs us, “Your leaders are not good enough for you,” as a pleasingly moreish guitar motif recycles itself. But hang on, what’s this?

"I miss the… English roses, Salad beer and summer gear… cotton dresses skipping across the lawn…”

Steady on there, granddad.

By the time he sings, “All the days were long…when football was not a yawn” (I take it you missed Match of the Day on the last day of the season then, John?), you can't help wondering if the last of the eternal radicals has finally embraced conservatism.

Not a chance, on the evidence of stomping rat-a-tat oddity Lollipop Opera, which degenerates into freestyling gibberish rhymes about rooms, shrooms and brooms. Admittedly, spoken-word number The Room I Am In does throw up unedifying images of Compo from Last of the Summer Wine branching out into prog-rock poetry, but he’s back on form on the jabbering chatter of Reggie Song: “I am from Finsbury Park,” he squawks, “and I am having a lark.”

Good to have you back, you silly old fool.

--Chris Roberts

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best album since "Album" 28 May 2012
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Twenty years ago, PiL, then sporting a lineup of ex- Smiths , ex- Banshees , ex- Pistols , and numerous others, gave the world their stroppy swansong : "That What is Not". Built on thick riffarama and a solid, pounding rhythm section, it was the exact type of broken stadium rock that Lydon had painted himself into a glorious corner with. And then the band split, the Sex Pistols became a nostalgia act, a punk museum, and Lydon's minimal recorded output - a couple of guest spots, a underperforming but determined solo record - slowed to nothing.

Is there a place for PiL in 2012? The last time this band put a record out, I was living in Leicester, studying for a qualification, John Major hadn't yet won an election,cassettes were the future. There was no internet. Nirvana had yet to headline Reading. Mobile phones were as rare as a private helicopter. "Doom" had yet to be released. Culture was a dripfed vaccum in one direction : from them to us. Everything has changed, and yet nothing has.

The same old battles, the same old wars. Fighting against the business and industries.

With the contrary, and utterly sincere Lydon, PiL has always been his personal love, himself, but different, presented through a prism, no pantomime, no caricature, but an aspect. Who would've dared hope this crotechy old grumpy bggr would bring back his best band and fund them with butter adverts? Who would've thought the lineup that toured 1986-87, with the perfect "Album", and the intermittent "Happy?", would be the one he would choose?
Who would reckon that, at 56, Lydon would still be scratching the same itch, bearing the same soul, fighting the same battle? Aurally, the band are still, as ever, exploring the guttural.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars this is what you want... this is what you get 27 Jun 2012
By Ivanhoe
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Like most i've been waiting twenty years for this PIL album. Every PiL release to date ive queued for, banging on the record store door (Yeah thats how old i am) on the day it came out. You never knew what you'd get, but it was always gloriously different (with the possible exception of 9).
So even at my age ever since this new material was mooted some of the old excitement began to resurface. Having seen the new line up a couple of times in recent years and with online previews the shape and sound of the record were no real suprise but I still wanted desperatley to be wowed and love it instantly......To have Lydon back recording, forget the celebrity nonsense and the overpriced coffe table books, but doing what he does best. Or did best. Because sadly this is simply not good enough.
The opening title track would be great as a 20 second intro, but as a 3 minute song it's cringeworthy. Large parts of the album are given to telling me who he is, the name of the band, where he's from, where they're from, where reggies from for christs sake!! you didnt need to explain yourself the first time round John you certainly dont need to to now. "I am from finsbury park and i am having a lark"? really? this from the master of acerbic wit? the tongue so sharp it could skewer at a hundred paces? the peoples poet??
The usual targets- american imperialism and political apathy- are dragged out to attack but those stretched, vibrato syallables really start to grate, elbowed in to fill every available slot.
This is not a bad album, its alright. but is that enough? "The room i am in" and "lollipop opera" are probably the real highlights, offering a glimmer of hope and some genuine originality which is surely the bedrock of PIL.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Edition Review 17 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
There are two schools of thought with PiL: The Wobble/Levene incarnation and the subsequent band line-ups without. Technically, a better name for the latter would be The John Lydon Band as the difference between the two is truly radical. The Wobble/Levene incarnation was highly experimental with some of the most extreme sounds ever committed to record while the subsequent version comes across as being more traditional. Some prefer one over the other... some like both... I fall into the latter catagory.

All that said, this is not the revelation one would have expected after nearly two decades of silence. It sounds as if it picks up where the 90s incarnation left off. There are excellent tracks throughout, but nothing can be termed brand new or different. Actually, it is an improvement over PiL of decades ago in that the dated 80s 'dance' sound is gone, and overall, it really is good album worth considerable playlist time. Also, it is great to see new material was written at all. So often bands reunite only to trot out their biggest hits from long ago. Fortunately, John Lydon's band is a vital and living band and not a nostalgia act.

I first heard the regular CD version and thought it was a 4-star release. However, the Deluxe Edition, which comes with a DVD is certainly 5-stars. Besides the really great packaging, the included DVD is excellent beyond measure. Lo and behold, the new songs come across far better live than in the studio.

Highly recommended, especially to those who liked the non-Wobble/Levene band (although the bass thunders on this new release more so than on any other release since Metal Box). It is also a good place to start for newcomers, and from here, check out the rest of the previous releases.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The usual nonsense
One decent track - Lollipop Opera - and the usual load of drivel J Rotten's been delivering since the first PIL single. Read more
Published 28 days ago by tpryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Cool
Published 29 days ago by Linda Mckay
4.0 out of 5 stars It's indeed another album by PIL
Love them or hate them, all in all this is an very accessible album. In my case I love them, I love John's view on the world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. G. Herdes
1.0 out of 5 stars PIL left it far too late to emulate their former glory.
As a avid fan of PiL, i have to say that the groups latest offering is very disappointing, (no pun intended to the classic 1989 PiL track called disappointed) Put it this way ... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ALVIN PRITCHARD.
4.0 out of 5 stars This is Very good
The DVD footage for Religion alone is worth the asking prices "..listen to the bass..." requests John,and it is formidably low and intoxicating as it rumbles along,then you... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kezia60
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
A great album.. even my kids were singing along to it in the car... John Lydon has never sold out (despite the butter advert)
Published 9 months ago by Mr Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars lu edmonds at his best on guitar
brilliant album !!!!! nobody shouts like john lydon and the backing band are superb. worth every penny. my favourite album
Published 13 months ago by chris quinton
2.0 out of 5 stars Ever feel you've been cheated?
Absolutely. Public Image have lost it. Lydon's delivery might be sneery and faux frightening, but it's a tragedy to see one of the UK's most important voices and musician sink into... Read more
Published 14 months ago by DBT
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Album
One of their best yet other than the classic Flowers of Romance, get it now you won’t be disappointed.
Published 15 months ago by Ian Gallacher
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The new album is interesting but the live concert is an epic of new/old material in a superb unmissable full length concert of alternative music
Published 16 months ago by SHUFFLER
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