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Public Image Ltd. – Plastic Box (4 CD) (1999)

Public Image Ltd. – Plastic Box (4 CD)(1999)

A wonderful collection from Lydon’s seminal post-Pistols outfit!

Some amazing music here. And so fucking influential!

This is a limited Edition, Four CD, Definitive Collection! It contains great Album Tracks, Rarities and Unreleased BBC Tracks. the liner notes of PiL’s Plastic Box compilation, Lydon remarked that:

“In some ways Album was almost like a solo album. I worked alone with a new bunch of people. Obviously the most important person was Bill Laswell. But it was during the recording of this album in New York that Miles Davis came into the studio while I was singing, stood behind me and started playing. Later he said that I sang like he played the trumpet, which is still the best thing anyone’s ever said to me. To be complimented by the likes of him was special. Funnily enough we didn’t use him…”

THE PLASTIC BOX is the four-disc collection of the best of the music tracks from the Public Image Limited (a.k.a. The John Lydon Band). The first two discs are the best of the bunch (when they still were a collective unit). Disc three and four are best used as coasters (unless you love the John Lydon version of P.I.L.). Instead of searching out for the first three albums, you can get them all collated in this box set. The plastic box also comes with a nice booklet with pictures and thoughts from John Lydon.

If you love Public Image Limited (either versions) then you must seek out this set. You wont be sorry.

Highly recommended.

By Joseph P. Ulibas

Essential 4-disc retrospective of PiL’s 14-year career. Along with many tracks culled from the studio albums, the set includes B-sides, 12” versions, a few alternate mixes, a selection of radio session performances other rarities to round out the collection of the serious PiL enthusiast. Highlights include an instrumental remix of “Fodderstompf,” the outtake “Pied Piper,” the B-sides “Question Mark” and “Selfish Rubbish,” and “Criminal,” from the “Point Break” soundtrack.

Unfortunately, this set fulls short of being definitive. Nothing from the two live albums is included (which most people would regard as a good thing). There’s also nothing from “Commercial Zone” (except “Blue Water,” which was an official B-side), and B-sides/remixes from the latter era of PiL are almost non-existent (the 1987 remakes of “The Suit” and “Religion” would have been perfect inclusions as they were only ever released as 12” vinyl B-sides, and never on CDs).

Practically every track from the first five studio albums (1978-1986) is included, and then selected material from the final three (1987-1992) is squeezed onto the last disc, which reinforces the (false) perception that the LA-based PiL was something of a write-off. In the absence of a fifth disc, deleting tracks from the earlier albums – to allow room for more songs of the later PiL – would have resulted in a more balanced set (it’s annoying that great, underrated material from “Happy?” and “9” is absent to provide room for dead weight from “Flowers Of Romance” and “This Is What You Want…This Is What You Get”).

No matter though – despite its shortcomings, “Plastic Box” proves what a damn good band PiL in all its various permutations was (John Lydon’s frank and informative liner notes rate a mention too). Collected sets rarely get much better than this…

By The Drainpipe (Australia)


Disc 1

1. Public Image
2. Cowboy Song
3. Theme
4. Religion (1)
5. Religion (2)
6. Annalisa
7. Low Life
8. Attack
9. Poptones (previously unreleased)
10. Careering (previously unreleased)
11. Chant (previously unreleased)
12. Death Disco (12″ remix)
13. 1/2 Mix Megamix
14. No Birds Do Sing
15. Memories

Disc 2

1. Another
2. Albatross
3. Socialist
4. Suit
5. Bad Baby
6. Radio 4
7. Pied Piper
8. Flowers Of Romance
9. Four Enclosed Walls
10. Phenagen
11. Track 8
12. Hymie’s Him
13. Under The House
14. Banging The Door
15. Go Back
16. Francis Massacre

Disc 3

1. This Is Not A Love Song (12″ remix)
2. Blue Water
3. Question Mark
4. Solitaire
5. Tie Me To The Length Of That
6. Where Are You?
7. Pardon
8. 1981
9. Order Of Death
10. F.F.F.
11. Rise
12. Fishing
13. Round
14. Home
15. Ease

Disc 4

1. Seattle
2. Angry
3. Body, The (US 12″ mix)
4. Selfish Rubbish
5. Disappointed
6. Happy
7. Warrior (12″ extended version)
8. U.S.L.S. 1
9. Don’t Ask Me
10. Criminal
11. Luck’s Up
12. God
13. Cruel (previously unreleased)
14. Acid Drops (previously unreleased)
15. Love Hope (previously unreleased)
16. Think Tank (previously unreleased)

All thanks to Milton! Great work mate!

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August 27, 2008 Posted by | John Lydon, Music_Alternative, Music_PostPunk, Public Image Ltd, The Sex Pistols, _MUSIC | 1 Comment

The Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks & The Clash – Midnight Special At Screen On The Green – Aug 1976

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The Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks & The Clash, – Midnight Special At Screen On The Green
August 29, 1976

This record of the punk summit meeting was recorded live on August 29, 1976, at Screen On The Green, Islington, London.

This is a historic recording for a few reasons! First, it is the third ever Clash gig and the first known recorded. It is also the earliest known recorded performance and a rare recording of the Sex Pistols with Glen Matlock.

This was Malcolm Maclaren’s event to showcase his Pistols, along with other bands from the controversial new punk movement.

It was named The Midnight Special because the bands had to play after the evening’s films had been shown in this famous London arthouse cinema!

This gig was well documented in Marcus Gray’s Last Gang in Town and in Jon Savage’s England’s Dreaming .

As for the recording itself, this is a recent 2 CD bootleg released in early 2001 on the Punk Vault label.

It features all three bands in full from the famous Screen on the Green gig in 1976. First up are the Buzzcocks and this has a average sound. The Clash’s set is a better recording, quite enjoyable with a lot of clarity and width with just some slight over-modulation and age dampening a good sound. The Pistols’ set is even better again.

The boot CD is a big improvement in sound over the previously circulating tape/CDR which was very poor – grossly distorted and at best 2/5.

Some data below from blackmarketclash about the Clash’s show…..

Maclaren’s deal was The Clash had to build the stage themselves. Joe is quoted in England’s Dreaming, “we weren’t very good that night because we’d been up early unloading the scaffolding and building the stage”. The band were also nervous and there is no stage talk from Joe (he went to the opposite extreme at the Roundhouse 2 gigs later). It is suggested that the Buzzcocks and The Clash were beset by appalling sound problems that miraculously improved when the Pistols hit the stage. Though this is not entirely born out in this recording Glen Matlock and others have since confirmed that tampering may have taken place.

Press reviews at the time were not kind to put it mildly. Giovanni Dadomo did blame the equipment for doing the band “a grave disservice tonight, losing Joe Strummer’s hard-to-mix vocals until they became an unintelligible mumble, and generally poleaxing the band’s nuclear potential”.

Charles Shaar Murray of the NME made his famous quote “they are the kind of garage band who should be speedily returned to the garage, preferably with the motor running, which would undoubtedly be more of a loss to their friends and families than to either rock or roll”.

In subsequent interviews Joe appeared to take Murray’s comments personally and was incensed, a spat that became legendary and inspired the Clash track Garageland. Perversely only two years later CSM was describing the Clash as the greatest rock band in the world in the same paper.


The Buzzcocks

02.Friends of Mine
03.Times Up
04.Orgasm Addict
05.Peking Hooligan
06.Lester Sands (Drop in the Ocean)
07.Oh Shit!
08.You Tear Me Up
09.Love Battery
10.I Can’t Control Myself
11.I Love You You, Big Dummy

The Clash

02.I Know What To Think About You
03.I Never Did It?
04.How Can I Understand The Flies?
05.Janie Jones
06.Protex Blue
07.Mark Me Absent
08.Deadly Serious
09.What’s My Name
10.Sitting At My Party
11.48 Hours
12.I’m So Bored With You
13.London’s Burning

Sex Pistols

1. Anarchy In The U.K.
2. I Wanna Be Me
3. Seventeen
4. New York
5. (Don’t Gemme) No Lip
6. Stepping Stone
7. Satellite (Edit)
8. Submission
9. Liar
10. No Feelings
11. Substitute
12. Pretty Vacant
13. Problems
14. Did You No Wrong
15. No Fun

Here she be:


The Clash

Sex Pistols

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August 5, 2008 Posted by | The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Sex Pistols | 1 Comment

The Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks (1977)

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The Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks (1977)

I wanna be an anarchist
I get pissed, destroy!

Nothing to be said about this timeless classic.

Except that it is a timeless classic.

Which I think I’ve already said!

A switchblade that came out of nowhere and ripped open the bloated belly of flaccid redundant mid-seventies music.

Remember kids, never trust a hippy!

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I am an antichrist
I am an anarchist
Don’t know what I want
But I know how to get it
I wanna destroy the passerby

‘Cause I wanna be Anarchy
No dogsbody

Anarchy for the UK
It’s coming sometime and maybe
I give a wrong time stop a traffic line
Your future dream is a shopping scheme

‘Cause I wanna be Anarchy
In the city

How many ways to get what you want?
I use the best
I use the rest
I use the N.M.E
I use Anarchy

‘Cause I wanna be Anarchy
It’s the only way to be

Is this the M.P.L.A or
Is this the U.D.A or
Is this the I.R.A
I thought it was the UK
Or just another country
Another council tenancy

I wanna be Anarchy
And I wanna be Anarchy
(Oh what a name)

And I wanna be an anarchist
(I get pissed, destroy!)


1. Holidays In The Sun
2. Bodies
3. No Feelings
4. Liar
5. Problems
6. God Save The Queen
7. Seventeen
8. Anarchy In The U.K.
9. Sub-Mission
10. Pretty Vacant
11. New York
12. EMI

Here’s some bollox;

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June 11, 2008 Posted by | Music_Punk, The Sex Pistols, _MUSIC | Leave a comment