Written By Braddon S. Williams
Public Image Ltd
Public Image Ltd, John Lydon’s band after The Sex Pistols, released Album (or Cassette or Compact Disc, depending on your chosen format) in 1986.
Public Image Ltd couldn’t be more different from the singer’s previous work (where he was known as Johnny Rotten).
Album features an eclectic all star band with contributions from Steve Vai on guitar, Ginger Baker and Tony Williams on drums, Shankar on electric violin, Bill Laswell on bass, Bernie Worrell on keyboards, Jonas Hellborg on bass, Riyuichi Sakamoto on keyboards, and Bernard Fowler on backing vocals.
This assemblage of talent surrounded Lydon’s fierce, angry, defiant voice on a creatively hard rocking batch of 7 songs. Although the project has an intentionally generic name, the music and songs are miles away from generic.
The final song, Ease, features a volcanic guitar solo by Vai that ranks among his greatest recorded work.
Baker’s drums sound like cannons, and Lydon’s sneering cynicism informs every lyric he wraps his wit around.
Album is a great cassette or compact disc, or even a stream if that’s the way you want it.
However you get it…just get it!