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Genre: Popular Music
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Release Date: 20-OCT-1998

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Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten made a definitive break from his past when he reclaimed his real name--John Lydon--and formed Public Image Limited. He was no longer a token punk rocker, but an artiste reveling in his newfound auteur status. The first six songs of this collection feature this vision of the group: hard, uncompromising, idiosyncratic tunes that turn pop music inside out with devastating results. "Public Image" is the residual fury of the Sex Pistols' breakup rendered with spiky guitars and Lydon's patented snarl. "Careering" and "Memories" are skeletal art rock based on the atmospherics of dub music and perverse dance grooves. But by the Bill Laswell-produced "Rise," PiL was no longer a group but Lydon's personal pop vehicle. The music became increasingly accessible, allowing for "alternative" hits such as "Seattle" on college radio and other tunes that, while enjoyable, do not challenge the status quo as advertised. --Rob O'Connor

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Public Image
  2. Death Disco
  3. Memories
  4. Careering
  5. Flowers Of Romance
  6. This Is Not A Love Song
  7. Rise
  8. Home
  9. Seattle
  10. The Body
  11. Rules And Regulations
  12. Disappointed
  13. Warrior
  14. Don't Ask Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00000DR6J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jeffrey Yutzler on March 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This collection brings together most of the best songs from the band's entire career (well, ok, not the last album) while including some interesting remixes. People who listen to this CD will fit into 4 groups.
Some people won't like it at all. Hey, PIL is not for everyone. Go buy something else.
Some people will like the later stuff but won't be able to stand the early stuff at all (except for maybe the first song, Public Image). Some people will love the early stuff and find the later stuff boring. Either way, you'll be skipping tracks on this CD and you'll need to buy another 3-4 CDs to get all the songs you like.
Some people will like it all (although maybe not back to back). Those people will want to get the Plastic Box boxed set and will probably still want to eventually pick up most of the albums to get a complete collection. There are a few odds and ends (remixes and outtakes) that are out of print which is kind of annoying.
What I think is needed is two separate greatest hits CD's, an early one and a late one. There are enough gaps in this collection to warrant it. Who knows if that will ever happen.
One other thing. The sound on this CD is not all that great. Everything was remastered for the Plastic Box boxed set. The tracks on there just sound a whole lot better. I made a CDR of songs from both compilations and the difference in sound quality was jarring. Just another reason that fans would be better served by another collection.
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Surely after the disbanding of "The Sex Pistols" few would have put money on singer "John Lydon / Johnny Rotten", setting up a

'Post-Punk' band, from the ashes of his first band. But then John Lydon was always about confounding the publics perceptions. So with World music / Worldbeat / Alternative bassist "Jah Wobble" (Who would be later sacked from the band), PiL is an amalgamation of early post-punk, Dub-rock, Alternative Dance & (later on) Pop/Rock.

First and formost, It must be noted that this is a 'Singles' collection more than anything, and thus forgoes consistency in favour of popular hits or singles tracks. So the collection of songs is understandably diverse and a little erratic. Although that's not to say that the singles in question are anything less than excellent choices, in fact it's surprising how well these singles stand up under close inspection considering how old some of them are (late 70's - Early 80's).

The First Track, "Public Image" is closer to the fiercer rockier side of the band that first emerged, with chugging guitars, rapid drumming and John Lydon shrieking with lyrical contempt "Two sides to every story, Somebody had to stop me, I'm not the same as when I began, I will not be treated as property" shows that his disdain of the establishment hadn't completely deserted him, when the Sex Pistols split. In fact this is one of the songs that is like a closest relative to the pistols work. Urgent, conformational, short and to the point noise rock!!. Sure, it's no replacement for the Pistols, and it certainly isn't Punk, but that rough & ready Angst-ridden alternative sound isn't too hard to discern.
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Slender but reasonably comprehensive package which if nothing else serves as a good intro into for the novice into the PiL oeuvre. John Lydon actually had to haggle with Virgin Records (Virgin originally wanted a mere 8-song set), but the end result is still frustratingly meagre. Inevitably, many gems are absent, and sadly the LP remake of "This Is Not A Love Song" is included instead of the original single version which, ironically enough, was PiL's greatest (commercial) hit. Still, there are superior remixes of "The Body," "Rise" and "Disappointed," and the set is closed off nicely with the supremely catchy eco-pop single "Don't Ask Me." But there's little need to revisit this collection once you get all the PiL albums.
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Like PiL, but not enough to buy all their releases? This is for you!

In all seriousness, pretty much all the standards are on here, meaning anything you'd normally hear in a club (minus the club mixes) or on the radio, and a few more thrown in that are, in my opinion, just as good.

A great relaase of PiL's work over the years. A really good Greatest Hits for your collection.
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Looking back on Lydon's post punk band, one goes from near avant-garde to alt pop. There's more to PIL than you get here but you get a fairly good overview. Rise and Seattle are favorites of mine. But many tracks drone on forever. Were they a dance band? I gave up on the last 4 songs.
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As others have said, this is not a perfect collection, but it is perfect for the new PIL fan. After John Lydon left the Sex Pistols he formed this band, but PIL is far from the punk sound of the Sex Pistols. While I find the whole disc here good, it doesn't become what I would call catchy until the track "This Is Not A Love Song", though the opener "Public Image" is rather good. The biggest hits to the casual fan will probably be "Rise" and "Disappointed". Both are late 80's alternative classics, and both are over six minutes long. Minor hits like "Seattle" and "The Body" I like also. I'm happy this runs in chronological order, and it ends with the alt/pop sing-a-long "Don't Ask Me", which is hard not to like. Overall it's probably the only disc most fans should need.
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