Yes, this is my third post featuring an album by John Lydon’s (apparently) controversial post-Sex Pistols group, Public Image Ltd., aka PiL. Except, what’s that? There’s no “Ltd” on this record? It’s just Public Image? Yes, that does seem to be the case. This is the band’s first album, arriving so early in their existence that they hadn’t finished naming themselves yet.
With this post, PIL has now become the most-blogged band in this series (not counting my Jandek-a-palooza one-off a while back), but it’s not for nothing. Whether their first release or their fifth, apparently nothing gets the college-radio-DJ debate going like PIL. Although, given that this copy of First Issue was added to the catalog well after its original release date, it seems much of the debate here is about the merits or (or lack thereof) of later-period PIL. First Issue‘s quality appears to be without debate.
This Is PiL, the band’s first studio album in 20 years, was released just this May (between that news and upcoming new releases from No Doubt and Green Day, I’m starting to feel like I’m in high school all over again). I’m sure our KCMU commenters would have quite a bit to say about it.
“Finally. Their first and arguably their best. Contains the spoken word version of ‘Religion,’ ‘Public Image,’ and the masterpiece ‘Fodderstompf.’ Makes that last LP look like the shit failure it was.” [This copy isn't dated, so unfortunately I can't tell which LP Bone Head here is talking about.]
“I agree w/Bone Head - I think Lydon’s done too many drugs to know what he wants. Fodderstompf kick butt. DON’T STEAL THIS! We’ve had at least two copies before!” [Ah man, I can only imagine what was written on those copies!]
“Now wait just a minute there, Dave. Then and now, Lydon is doing exactly what he wants to do, and it’s all good in its own right. Surely he’s the last person in the world we would expect to remain stagnant.”
“You have bought it hook, line, & sinker. HAHAHA!”