John Lydon’s PiL kick off countdown to Record Store Day 2012 at tiny show

Punk legend also rants about 'Cliff Richard's colostomy bag' during Q&A session

Public Image Ltd. officially kicked off the build-up to this year’s Record Store Day last night (March 19), playing a basement gig in London to mark the announcement of the special releases for this year’s event, set for April 21.

John Lydon and the gang played a private show in front of a few hundred invited guests at the Hoxton Gallery, while later on Orbital played a DJ set. The band are set to release an EP of new material for Record Store Day.

Public Image Ltd played one song from the EP, ‘One Drop’, tonight and a further new song, ‘Deeper Water’, set for their new album ‘This Is PiL’. That record comes out on May 28.

The former boasts a hypnotic groove reminiscent of the band’s ‘Metal Box’ output stylistically. The latter is a faster, reggae-twinged number in which Lydon declares: “I am John, from London!” before a Bowie-esque squall of guitar and the lyric: “Not really, we are born everywhere!”

After the show, Lydon took part in a Q&A session where he launched into an extended rant encompassing his views on record labels, PiL’s recent London gig as part of BBC 6 Music’s 10th birthday celebrations and a bizarre comment about Cliff Richard.

He said: “I’m glad a lot of the labels folded, they did new bands no good. If you have a good idea someone will steal it from you in a flying fart second. We live in this world to share and share alike and that costs money. If you want free pies from pie and mash down the road, guess what: the shop’s going to drop.”

Lydon added: “We did something for you tonight, we’d like a bigger thanks than that. The BBC really screwed us up [at Friday’s gig].”

However, speaking to NME after the session, the singer clarified this remark, commenting: “It was really thrilling and good to do the Radio 6 concert. The hall was very bad for us live, because it’s an acoustic hall for an orchestra. But you have to crack on and challenge yourself in every enrivonment. Ultimately it was really good, to see people there, BBC6 and the intelligence from Fairfield Hall all trying to find their place in the history that is England. Whether you like it or not I’m a solid part of the history of this country.”

He also quipped: “I live in LA, I can download everything. I downloaded Cliff Richard’s colostomy bag.”

Public Image Ltd. played:

‘Deeper Water’
‘This Is Not A Love Song’
‘Flowers Of Romance’
‘One Drop’

More than 350 releases have been announced to tie in with Record Store Day this year, including exclusive material from the likes of Miles Kane, Laura Marling, Arctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire. Releases from the likes of ASAP Rocky, The White Stripes, The Clash and Noel Gallagher are also hitting the shelves to mark the occasion. Head to to read the full list of releases.