John Lydon: ‘PiL will definitely record new material’

Singer says they'll hit the studio if they get enough money

John Lydon has said that the newly-reformed Public Image Ltd. will “definitely” record new material after their December tour – as long as they have enough money to do so.

The former Sex Pistols man said that without record company money hitting the studio was not a certainty – but if the tour generated enough money it would happen.

“Yes, if I raise the money from this, I most definitely will [record new PiL material],” he told BBC 6music. “But what you’ve got to understand with Public Image Limited is that every single time we recorded we only had one take, no money.”


Lydon was referring to early recording sessions following the band’s formation in 1978. “The Jam would pull out of Goldhawk Road [after recording in Townhouse Studios]”, he said. “They’re writing their new hit wonderful album because they have lots of record company backing.

“We knew they’d left so we’d run in, quickly record it, and that’s [1979 album] ‘Metal Box’ for you. That’s basically the John Lydon approach to music – wham, bam, thank you ma’am.”