Public Image Ltd Aren't Ready For A Quiet Life Just Yet
Poor Nora, I feel for her. When she asked her husband John Lydon to fix the toilet, little did she know that it would become the subject of PIL's new single release 'Double Trouble'. I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never heard such a manic and slightly addictive song based around a plumbing mishap. But that's PIL, and it shouldn't really surprise me.
'What The World Needs Now' is the 10th release from PIL. I have to say at this point that I didn't expect them to make it past two, maybe three albums. The fact is it's Lydon's sheer determination that has kept the PIL vehicle on the road since 1978. In fact I wonder sometimes if there is a hatred for the singers former band, and how it all ended, that spurs him on.
If this is the case 'Know Now', the second track, is a perfect kiss off to those turbulent times. It's a tune that contains enough venom to kill the snake, as well as its victim. Classic Lydon
'Betty Page' tips its seedy hat at 50's nightclub Americana. Its a short track clocking up a mere 3.21, but a perfect example of PIL's creative music in its finest form. Its definitely a favourite of mine. I feel like I know Betty, and I'm sure many males who experienced her would approve of this musical tribute.
'C'est La Vie' is an atmospheric late night dub track that has John's echoed vocals perfectly captured in fine form. I feel this track will shine through the darkness in its live format. Something I intend to witness very soon.
'The One' takes me by surprise. To be honest, if you removed Lydon's vocals, it would not be dissimilar to one of Richard Branson's first signings. A slightly folky, progressive tune that's thoroughly enjoyable.
Throughout the album I'm finding myself looking for a track that's going to disappoint me. But this doesn't happen. I remind myself of my earlier thoughts, regarding the longevity of PIL, and realise that as long as they can create wonderful artwork for our ears, they will always find a place in my collection.
The last two words on the closing track 'Shrooms' make me smile. It's the same smile I had a long time ago. I'm not going to let the cat out of the tartan bag but it sums up a moment. Ahh the memories. Thanks John
I'm not sure PIL are ready for the country life just yet.
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Words by Lawrence Taylor