Public Image Ltd. Biography

Public Image Ltd (PiL) are an English post-punk band formed by vocalist John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), guitarist Keith Levene and bassist Jah Wobble, with frequent subsequent personnel changes. Lydon is the sole constant member of the band.

Lydon emerged after the break-up of the Sex Pistols with PiL's Public Image: First Issue (1978). His new band had a more experimental sound: Wobble's "droning, slow-tempo, bass-heavy noise rock, overlaid by Lydon's distinctive, vituperative rant". Their early work is often regarded as some of the most challenging and innovative music of the post-punk era. Their 1979 album Metal Box was ranked number 469 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The NME described PiL as "arguably the first post-rock group".

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John Lydon: 'If Nelson Mandela dies I hope he goes to the proper place'

Public Image Ltd. frontman talks about former South African president from Glastonbury festival

  • Jul 1, 2013

Public Image Ltd confirmed as main support for Stone Roses London gig

John Lydon band will play live at Finsbury Park on June 8

  • May 28, 2013

Sex Pistol John Lydon: 'People celebrating Thatcher's death are loathsome'

Meanwhile, 'Ding Dong!' heads further up the charts

  • Apr 11, 2013

John Lydon reveals Chinese government requested his lyrics before approving PiL gigs

The former Sex Pistols frontman is given all-clear to play shows in Beijing and Shanghai this weekend (March 30, 31)

  • Mar 28, 2013

Public Image Ltd, Buzzcocks, Rancid to play Rebellion punk festival

The event takes place at Blackpool's Winter Gardens from August 2-5

  • Jul 26, 2012

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Public Image Ltd. Reviews

PiL - 'This is PiL'

PiL - 'This is PiL'

The salty tang of post-punk is all over this album, but it’s the aftertaste of John Lydon that saves it

  • May 25, 2012

PiL

Heaven, London, April 2

  • Apr 20, 2012

Plastic Box

At the start, it was assumed [B]Public Image Limited[/B] were motivated solely by revenge....

  • Jan 11, 1999

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