Public Image Ltd, Album (1986)
The first PiL I swallowed was this greatest hits – bought on tape. I wasn’t that fussed at first. I liked the song Public Image (how could you not?) And I liked the song Rise (how could you not?) But because I had been recently introduced to The Sex Pistols I didn’t really get along with Public Image for a while. Nowadays it’s the opposite, I far prefer PiL to the Pistols. No competition. No question. I’m no completist-fan, but I have First Issue and Metal Box and I always wanted to get hold of this LP. Bought it today in fact. A gem. Ginger Baker and Steve Vai are among the incongruous guests and if you think that Vai might struggle to sound good on this sort of material, well he does it with Ease. Such a progressive sound, big thuds from the drums, Vai’s alien guitar-squeal, John Lydon’s blatant non-singing. Post-punk’s finest. All sorts of elements. Stir them together and don’t ask how it works. Just listen. You’ll see. (You’ll hear).
Sample Track: Bags
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