Public Image Limited









Public Image Limited

was formed by John Lydon in 1986, formerly of The Sex Pistols. He recruited Keith Levene who played the guitar, and Jan Wobble, an old friend, who played bass. The PIL became a company so they produced their own records. Later on the members were, John McGeoch on guitar, Alan Dias on bass, Lu Edmonds played guitar and keyboard, and Bruce Smith on the drums. The group played hard rock but it could be danced to. They had exotic music and female vocalists as backup. Their first track was Seattle and it was also their first single. The group had eight tracks which were, Seattle, Rules and Regulations, The Body, Save me, Hard Times, Open and Revolving, Angry, and Fat Chance Hotel/ Save Me.

Public worked through three decades in one form or another. They released a lot of albums which consisted of a variety of music. They did Rock, Folk, Dance, Pop, and more. You name it, they did it. Their debut single, Public Image, was released in 1978. Their debut album was released in December, 1978 and it was named, First issue. Their music contained a lot of emotion and was filled with many different feelings. It included, anger, sadness, humor, frustration, and more. Their music came from the heart. The group began to play live and their shows were all different, one never knew what the next show would be like. The shows were always eventful and people seemed to enjoy them. The members of the band kept changing and it was never known who would replace who and when.

Death Disco was one of their songs which was written by John and it was to his dying mother. The song was both passionate and emotional and you can hear it in the song. The album, Flowers and Romance, was in 1981. In 1981 Public Image Limited relocated in New York and work on their new album, Commercial Zone, began. There was so much fighting within the group that the album was never finished, although Kevin Levene later issued a version of it after his departure from the group in 1983. John Lydon and Martin Atkins recruited new members and in 1984 they released This is What You Want. This was a big turning point for the group. Keith Levene left for the last time and John decided to give the music a rock/pop format. The change in their style caused them to lose many fans and they received a lot of flack from the critics. The PIL was considered as chameleons because they changed when they wanted to and not when the public seemed to want it.