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August 2006 - December 2006

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Metal Box re-issue LP review

Public Image Ltd.
The Metal Box. 2006

Vinyl re-issue out now:
See review for full info…



December 15th 2006

A new book entitled 'The Show I’ll Never Forget: 50 Writers Relive Their Most Memorable Concert-Going Experience' includes a chapter by Luc Sante that covers the infamous PiL Ritz riot. The book will be published by Da Capo Press in January 2007.

Moby picked the PiL John Peel Session of 'Careering' as part of his stint as Selector on BBC 6 Music on Thursday, December 14th.
Thanks to Tim Bucknall


December 8th 2006


The criminally ignored Steve New has a rare interview at 3am Magazine. I won't spoil the interview but – as always with The New – expect the unexpected!

New is currently playing with Beastellabeast, together with Beatrice Brown. Check out the gloriously filthy racket on their MySpace page.
Thanks to Adelle Stripe



November 25th 2006

Jah Wobble & The English Roots Band CD is reviewed in Friday's The Guardian & The Independent.


Martin Atkins' Pigface have just released a 7" single 'Radio China'. Recorded in Beijing in October 2006, 'Broadcast From Radio China' (INV1129) is the first souvenir of Pigface's recent Chinese visit; as well as their first vinyl release in over a decade.

The split single also features one of Invisible's new Beijing artists, Snapline. The limited edition single is available on red vinyl, with ten different covers. More info can be found on the Underground Inc site.



November 19th 2006

Public Image, often imitated, never surpassed… See JohnLydon.Com 'Bollocks Section'
Thanks to JohnLydon.Com

The 'Metal Box' vinyl re-issue gets a favourable review in this months issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
Has any rock album fared worse in the digital era than Metal Box? Public Image Ltd. packaged their 1979 art-punk opus as three twelve-inch 45-rpm vinyl discs in a metal film canister. The sound was massive: Jah Wobble took off from dub to play some of the deepest bass grooves ever heard, Keith Levene slashed at his guitar, and John Lydon wailed like two bats mating in a trash can. Unfortunately, the CD versions sound thin -- you can barely hear the bass at all. On MP3, it's even more muffled. But in this vinyl reissue, Metal Box has all its intense sonic impact, from the death-disco of "Albatross," "No Birds" and "Careering" to the soothing synths of "Radio 4." You can also hear how funny Lydon is; he's practically a post-punk Marty Feldman, cackling at his own psychic horrors in "Poptones." Finally, this huge record gets a proper reissue -- metal box and all.
Another 'Metal Box' review can also be found at the Detroit Metro Times.

The Guardian has an article on self-referential songs and includes 'Public Image' at number 4.
Artists with established reputations can play games with them. In 1978 John Lydon built a funeral pyre for his Johnny Rotten persona and called it Public Image Ltd. In this song's fierce, cleansing rush, he savages clueless fans ("You never listened to a word I said/You only seen me for the clothes I wear") and signs off - wonderfully for a debut single - with the word "goodbye".


Pete Jones has the third track from his ‘Diamonds & Barricades’ MP3 EP available for download. 'Jump' can be downloaded FREE from Pete's website or via his MySpace page.

You can now also watch the video for 'Killer'. The video was put together by Pete as a piece of fun, but should also be airing at an event called Podraphenia at the Bullet Bar, London on December 7th.



Martin Atkins recently visited China where he played and recorded with a variety of musicians. He called his trip "glorious and inspiring". Read all about it via the new Pigface MySpace page; where you can also listen to a rough mix of a new track entitled 'Fight Power'.

The Pigface tour documentary 'Free For All' received its premiere last Friday, November 17th, at The Portage Theatre in Chicago. The documentary by Cliff Seiloff was filmed during the Free For All tour in 2005.  More info can be found on the Underground Inc site.



Time Zone: World Destruction (2003 Herbaliser remix / mash-up) appears on a new mix album by DJ Morpheus: 'I Can't Live Without My Radio' (Tigersushi TSRCD009).

Vivien Goldman's (New Age Steppers) 'Private Armies Dub' – featuring Keith Levene – appears as part of the new On-U Sound Crash compilation. The album is a 31 track Adrian sherwood "slash & mix" featuring various selections from the On-U back catalogue; including the likes of African Head Charge, Mark Stewart, Tackhead, Creation Rebel & Singer and Players. On-U have recently set up a new website and Adrian has just released his 2nd solo album 'Becoming a Cliche'.


Keith Levene was mentioned by Terry Chimes in a recent article on The Clash in The Times.
Thanks to Greg Whitfield
“Everything had to be worked on to the maximum so that when we were exposed to the public they were going to go ‘Wow!’ ” Of the musicians it was the guitarist Keith Levene who was the most idealistically rigorous, Chimes says: “He was the most keen on making sure no one got too soft or too weak, the guardian of everyone’s attitude.”


Never Mind The Public ImageA new 3 CD PiL bootleg has surfaced entitled 'Never Mind The Public Image' (Naked Sun Co. NSCCD-005-1/2/3). The Japanese bootleg is compilation of rare PiL studio material largely taken from 'Plastic Box'.

The set includes the 1979 Peel Sessions, the 12" mixes of 'Death Disco' & 'Memories', along with 'Commercial Zone' tracks – including some of the recently unearthed demos and outtakes – plus the monitor mixes of 'Death Disco' & 'Albatross Melodrama Mix', taken from the John Lydon 'Best of British £1 Notes' DVD.

Full tracklisting and scans available in Bootleg Discography. Unfortunately the sleeve features Maureen Baker pictures thieved from Fodderstompf without permission…
Thanks to Glyn



November 15th 2006


Fodderstompf redux

Same old Fodderstompf, but better (well, at least, tweaked a bit).

Of course, the more eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed the back-end of the site being tidied-up over the past six months: Large parts of the chronology have been updated (especially the post-PiL years); the member bios have been brought up to date, and just about everything has been given some sort of tweak. There are some new features but it's more of a revamp than a renovation.

In the five years (or so) of the site, this is the first time I've genuinely been content with it. And using that logic, it means we've got five years of catching up to do…

Please report any obvious mistakes or broken links etc.



October 3rd 2006


Jah Wobble & The English Roots BandJah Wobble & The English Roots Band have a new self-titled studio album available now via 30 Hertz. The 10 track CD features much of the material the band have been performing live, and includes new recordings of ‘Visions of You’ & ‘Blacksmiths Song’ – along with one of the highlights of the live set – a stunning cover of ‘No, No, No’ (aka ‘You Don’t Love Me’).

Read the Fodderstompf review here. Also keep an eye on 30 Hertz or The List for more info…



Pete Jones has the first two tracks of his ‘Diamonds & Barricades’ MP3 EP available to download FREE via his website. Another two tracks, plus artwork for the EP, will be available by the end of the year. All tracks are completely free and come with worldwide license “to do whatever takes your fancy!”

Also check out Pete’s MySpace page where you can hear the new tracks; along with some selections from his back catalogue. You’d be out of your tiny mind not to…



The new N.I.C. album featuring Keith Levene is scheduled for a spring 2007 release; via Malicious Damage Records (see News: June 11th for more info).



A special congradulatory message from John Lydon appears in the new 20th Anniversary issue of Q Magazine. The message has been taken from JohnLydon.Com; see the site to read it.
Thanks to JohnLydon.Com




John Lydon: The Best of British £1 Notes


John Lydon CD & DVD compilations featuring Sex Pistols, PiL, solo,
plus an exclusive new track.

Click sleeves for JohnLydon.Com 'Best of British £1 Notes' mini-site,
featuring tracklistings, release info, a new interview with John, plus much more…


CDDVDJohn Lydon’s Megabugs


John Lydon’s Megabugs
also out now on DVD!

See JohnLydon.Com for full info…




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