Monday, December 01, 2008

vintage public image limited

the sophomore effort from public image ltd (john lydon's project after the demise of the sex pistols and his nom de plume johnny rotten) was originally released as metal box and consisted of 3 12-inch 45rpm discs in a film canister, subsequently reissued on 2LPs (and single CD) as second edition. this is arguably PiL at their best: a crack rhythm section anchored by the bone crushing bass of jah wobble setting down the grooves, keith levene's guitar scrapings and prophet-5 keyboard noise-sheeting, with john's caterwauling intonations and hecklings overtop.

"careering" (from the BBC tv show "the old grey whistle test," always a source of excellent viddies)

"poptones" (also from the OGWT)

"death disco"

"chant" (complete with post-performance interview walkoff)

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