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Public Image Ltd.: The Odd Combo

Interview by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, June 1979

Danny Baker goes on the PiS with PiL ...

Public Image Limited: The Flowers Of Romance (Virgin)

Review by Jon Savage, Face, The, April 1981

A typically caustic, sardonic title: the thorn in the rose. If much of the current chart has much of the grace and flow of 1966 ...


Public Image Ltd. (1981)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1981

John Lydon, Keith Levene and (a barely audible) Jeanette Lee on: the Flowers of Romance album; what was wrong with Wobble; Satin tour jackets; the Futurists & Steve Strange; problems with Virgin Records and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 41.2mb, interview length: 45' 01" sound quality: **

PiL in Estonia, part 1 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1988

Live Aid? Bollocks! Mat Snow battles the airport tannoy to hear pearls of wisdom from John Lydon and band.

File format: MP3 File size: 16.1 mb<br> Interview length: 23 minute 47 seconds Sound quality: ***


Singles: PiL, Cabaret Voltaire, X-Ray Spex, Chris Bell, The Cars et al

Review by Hugh Jarse, ZigZag, November 1978

PUBLIC IMAGE: 'Public Image' (Virgin) 'ELLO, A LOW-key re-emergence which grows on ya. I know everybody was expecting another anthem but here ya go, this ...

Public Image Ltd.: We Only Wanted To Be Loved

Interview by Robin Banks, ZigZag, December 1978

THE ENIGMATIC Johnny Lydon. Dubbed "The Messiah of Punk" by those who only thought in clichés, he was catapulted into a situation that left him ...

Public Image Ltd: Public Image

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, December 1978

"I don't agree with bands who make records to please audiences." (Johnny Rotten.) ...

Public Image Ltd: Public Image (Virgin)

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1978

AND THE BOY looked at Johnny. And he shouted: "Look, ma, the Emperor's got no clothes." ...

Public Image Ltd: Johnny's Immaculate Conception

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1978

Putting The Nation On The PiL ...

Public Image Limited; Linton Kwesi Johnson: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, January 1979

ON THE FIRST day of Christmas bondage bretheren and neon siteren children of the Rainbow – pace Aswad – left their parents' turkey tables en ...

Public Image Ltd.: Public Image Ltd. (Virgin)

Review by Kris Needs, New York Rocker, February 1979

THE EAGERLY-ANTICIPATED debut offering by Public Image Ltd. landed like a depth charge in the mire of self-congratulatory entrenchment that unfortunately bogs down much of ...

Rotten v. McLaren: No Winner

Report by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, February 1979

AS JOHNNY Rotten savours his first victory in the Lydon-Glitterbest case, Public Image Ltd. prepare to record a second album with a new drummer, the ...

Public Image Ltd., The Pop Group, Merger, Linton Kwesi Johnson , John Cooper Clarke: Kings Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, March 1979

RACE TODAY magazine/organisation, acknowledging the central importance of Manchester in the struggle of black people, launched their northern campaign with a fund raising "Creation For ...

Public Image Ltd.: Public Image (Warner Bros.)

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, April 1979

NEVER MIND the Sex' Pistols, here's the rotting corpse of Johnny Rotten, stinking to high heaven like some maggot brain from the Bryan Ferry School ...

Public Image Ltd.: The Factory, Manchester,

Live Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, June 1979

A Quick One While No-One's Thinking ...

The Rise And Fall Of Malcolm McLaren Part Three: Last Tango In Paris — 'Je Ne Regrette Rien...'

Retrospective and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, June 1979


Joy Division, Pil et al: Futurama '79 Festival — Set The Controls For The Squalor Of Leeds

Live Review by Andy Gill, Ian Penman, New Musical Express, September 1979

The World's First Science Fiction Music FestivalWords: Ian Penman and Andy Gill. Pix: Kevin Cummins ...

Public Image Ltd: Metal Box (Virgin Metal 1)

Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, November 1979

Confessions of a pop performer ...

Public Image Ltd.: The Metal Box

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1979

FRIDAY EVENING in Chelsea and I'm looking for a house, panning the street on the odd numbers side. Nearly there and a door opens. Down ...

Public Image Ltd.: Lydon The Exorcist

Report by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, March 1980

John Lydon's back in America, as cynical as ever. He wants to forget the memories, do away with the past and rock 'n'roll. MARK COOPER ...

Lydon In New York: The Image Goes Public

Interview by Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker, May 1980

IT IS TWO O'CLOCK in the afternoon, and John Lydon has just popped his third or fourth Heineken of the day. ...

Public Image Ltd.: PiL in Hollywood

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1980

HUDDLED ROUND the side with a crowd of disco dancers waiting for their fifteen minutes of fame, watching a fake Doobie Brothers run through their ...

Public Image Ltd: Market Cultural Center, San Francisco

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1980

PUBLIC IMAGE in a cultural centre — sounds arty enough to make you wonder if they've gone over the top. ...

Public Image Ltd: Corporation Executive Report to Shareholders

Report and Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, July 1980

PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED and America hardly seemed made for each other. Yet having successfully defied Britain's star caste systems and ugly myth makers, earlier this ...

Image Publique S.A.: Paris Au Printemps (Virgin)

Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, November 1980

Lydon says he hates live albums. Paris Au Printemps – PAP – the best of two nights recorded in Paris this spring, is a consumer ...

The Fugitive: John Lydon at Large

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, December 1980

IT SEEMS POETICALLY APPROPRIATE that John Lydon has chosen Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange as the film to insert into the video-cassette deck at Virgin's Townhouse ...

Company Lore and Public Disorder: The PiL Memorandum

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, March 1981

WHILE ENGLAND GOES down the plughole, the firm of Lydon, Levene and Lee set up to prove that enterprise is not dead. They press boldly ...

Jab Wobble At Your Service

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, September 1981

The Entertainer as Servant of the People. Chris Salewicz talked to the former Public Image bass player. ...

PiL: This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get (Virgin)

Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, July 1984

JUST when you thought you had the bugger pinned down as a spent force, a wasted opportunist and black and white photocopy of a colourful ...

Public Image Ltd.: This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get (Virgin)

Review by Biba Kopf, New Musical Express, August 1984

DEAR JOHN, the big kiss off: ...

Punk: Rogues Gallery

Overview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, January 1986


John Lydon: This Is What You Get

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, February 1986

THIS IS the beginning of an interview with the John Lydon who has drunk seven cans of Red Stripe lager, after breakfasting on oysters. ...

PiL: Album

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, February 1986

THE WEST Coast News Dateline 2030 AD: ...

John Lydon: Apocalypse New

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, May 1986

SOMEBODY told me John Lydon liked a drink. And this was indeed a large crumb of comfort. Suddenly, it was possible to establish some common ...

Public Image Ltd.: Album

Review by Roy Trakin, Creem, June 1986

I READ THE other day where Lee Abrams, the esteemed market research expert who brought us AOR radio, said he knew "snivelling Johnny Rotten would ...

John Lydon: I Cry Alone

Interview by Jack Barron, New Musical Express, October 1987

DAY-GLO PINK mini-dreads erupt from his scalp like antennae made of candyfloss. Iceberg blue eyes stare from cigarette ash skin. A smirk. A belch of ...

Public Image Limited: Happy? (Virgin)

Review by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, February 1988

TEN YEARS ago he was burying Led Zepplin; now he's praising it. Such are the artistic swings from Johnny Rotten (ne Lydon), professional iconoclast. Not ...

PiL: Holidays in Estonia

Interview by Mat Snow, Sounds, September 1988

"I LOVE MOANING. That's what I live for!" cackles John Lydon as he surveys a pickled herring with an even fishier eye. "I'm going to ...

Public Image Ltd.: 9

Review by David Sinclair, Q, June 1989

PiL's seeping chill. ...

John Lydon: …Heeere's Johnny!

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, July 1989

IN THE BAR OF the North London rehearsal studio complex, John Lydon, wearing a typically loud shirt, a pair of unorthodox dark spectacles and the ...

Public Image Ltd: D'Ya Ken John PiL

Interview by Richard North, Siren, March 1992

John Lydon refuses to go away, even though it seems the decent thing to do. Somehow he remains a thorn in the side, an anti-hero ...

Memories of a Freezing Festival… James/PiL: Alton Towers, Staffordshire

Live Review by Betty Page, New Musical Express, July 1992

IT WAS NEVER really on the cards, was it, after a perfect Glasto, all sun and good vibes. There, James were last-minute bridesmaids; this was ...

PiL: Three's Company…

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, January 2000

David Stubbs takes a shine to the mesmerising remorselessness of PUBLIC IMAGE LTD's post-punk Metal Box... ...

Post-Punk: Lubricate Your Living Room

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2001


Post Punk's Not Dead!: ATTACK!

Retrospective by Mark Paytress, MOJO, January 2004

The avant-garde post-'77 post-punk sound was a revolutionary amalgam of funk, punk, disco and reggae. Mark Paytress explains the battle plan. ...

Public Image Ltd.: Full Metal Jacket – Metal Box

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Fact, January 2004

With the curtain closed on the Sex Pistols pantomime, in 1978 a still-searing John Lydon teamed up with Jah Wobble and Keith Levene to form ...

PiL: Heavy Metal

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Frieze, November 2007

As a new book on Public Image Ltd shows, the influence of their 1979 album Metal Box stretches far and wide ...

John Lydon: 'PiL lets me express proper emotions'

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Observer, The, September 2009

ON CHRISTMAS DAY 1978, almost exactly a year after the implosion of the Sex Pistols while on tour in San Francisco, the artist formerly known ...

Public Image Ltd, O2 Academy, Birmingham****

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2009

Difficult, honest and angry, Lydon pushes at the limits ...

John Lydon

Interview by John Doran, Stool Pigeon, The, March 2010

IN CALIFORNIA WE MEET a traveller from an antique land. On two scrawny legs – KFC issue – he stands. He has a shattered look. ...

Dear John: Public Image Ltd

Interview by Ken Scrudato, Filter, May 2010

WAY BACK in 20th Century England, a gang of four insurrectionist-minded punk motherfuckers were to be found causing such an anarchic, subversive uproar as to ...

PiL: Forum, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2012

NOW THAT JOHN Lydon, né Rotten, is no longer being targeted, feared and beaten in the street as a folk devil, it's possible to see ...

see also John Lydon

see also Sex Pistols, The

see also Jah Wobble

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