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Public Image Ltd (PiL) released their 10 studio album ‘What The World Needs Now…’ on Friday 4 September to critical acclaim. The 11-track album, which charted at No.29 in the Official UK Charts, follows the huge critical success of 2012’s ‘This is PiL’, the band’s first album in 17 years.
New single ‘The One’ has been described as having a ‘T Rex strut’ (Mail on Sunday) and as surprisingly direct pop with a tender heart (Metro).
‘a record of disarming directness’ - 4/5 Mojo
‘a unique voice still raging’ - 4/5 Q Magazine
‘an impressive comeback… Lydon remains a devout pop modernist.’ – Uncut
'A still-vital John Lydon rages towards retirement on a saucy, scuzzy new album' – NME
‘Lydon remains at his most cogent and compelling when making music’ - 4/5 Mail on Sunday
‘the barrelling tumult of ‘Double Trouble’, the Bowie-esque grandeur of ‘Bettie Page’ and the Roxy Music-ish thrust of ‘Spice of Choice’ flaunt energised reserves of elevating, Davros-barking distinction.’ - Independent on Sunday
‘What The World Needs Now…’, released September 4th 2015, is the 10th studio album from legends Public Image Ltd (PiL).
Released on CD, double vinyl and digital download, the 11-track album follows the huge critical success of 2012's 'This is PiL', the band's first album in 17 years. In winter 2014 PiL returned to Steve Winwood's Wincraft studio in the Cotswolds' to record the new album 'What The World Needs Now…’ .
Commenting on the album, John Lydon says, "Buy now while stocks last."
What The World Needs Now…’, is self-funded by PiL and released on their own label 'PiL Official' via Cargo UK Distribution.
The artwork for the album, partly inspired by Native American Hopi characters, was designed and painted by John Lydon.
1. Double Trouble
2. Know Now
3. Bettie Page
4. C’est La Vie
5. Spice of Choice
6. The One
7. Big Blue Sky
8. Whole Life Time
9. I’m Not Satisfied
1. Reggie Song
2. Out of the Woods
3. Psychopath - Live From NYC 2010
4. USLS1 - Live from NYC 2010
5. Warrior - Live from NYC 2010
6. Four Enclosed Walls - Live from NYC 2010
7. Disappointed - Live from NYC 2010
Taken from ‘This Is PiL’ their first album in 20 years the single will also contain various live tracks taken from the band’s monumental performance at New York City’s Terminal 5 in 2010.
The “Reggie” in Reggie Song is a real person and a good friend of John Lydon’s from the multicultural melting pot of Finsbury Park in North London where they both grew up. Reggie Song is self-funded by PiL and will be released on PiL’s own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution.
All the new material was recorded in the UK last year at Steve Winwood’s studio in the Cotswolds. In what has already been very busy 2012 for PiL the band recently returned to London to play a very special show at the Forum on August 11th resulting in a 5 out of 5 Live Review from The Independent-
This Is PiL- The release of the album This Is PiL earlier this year resulted in the below response from various media: MOJO Magazine- 4 out of 5
"It's simply a joy to hear Lydon in fine voice, getting stuck into thorny matters with his own unique, raw nerve gusto, backed by a cookin' band" The Times- 4 out of 5
"Never mind the Pistols- this PiL is worth taking The Guardian- 4 out of 5 stars
...."You're more often struck by Lydon's determination to keep pushing forward into uncharted territory, to head as he puts it on the track of the same name, for deeper water" The Quietus
"This is a 63 minute chunk of music that wavers marvellously from the irresistible, the effortlessly accessible to the downright weird" Loud & Quiet Magazine- 8 out of 10
"This Is PiL is an evolution; a step forward with eyes locked straight ahead, no heads looking back at past glories" Q Magazine- 4 out of 5
"Representing the experimental instincts of Lydon the teenage Can fan, it sees him putting his ire to use over spectrally funky tracks warped and shaped by Lu Edmonds's byzantine guitars" Drowned In Sound- 8 out of 10
...."It comfortably manages to be what a comeback strives to be but seldom is; adventurous, celebratory and - above all - adding to an already admirable legacy" Music OMH.com - 5 out of 5
"This is Public Image Ltd at its best. This record is good. Outrageously good" "He sounds vital on these songs, so goddamn vital, a man and a band with more ideas than they know what to do with" “Buy this record. This is PiL. Isn’t that enough for you?"
1. Reggie Song
2. Four Enclosed Walls - Live from NYC 2010
3. Disappointed - Live from NYC 2010
The 12 track album is released on digi-pack CD, double vinyl LP.
There is also a very special deluxe hardback 2 disc set including a bonus DVD of the now legendary live performance at London, Heaven Nightclub, April 2nd 2012; along with expanded inner booklet.
"There is a PiL in Heaven..". The DVD is also available internationally and is 'region free' (NTSC region 0) so will play on the majority of DVD players.
The stunning artwork was painted and designed by John Lydon throughout.
John Lydon talks about 'This Is PiL':
"Well, 12 songs, where do I begin? Everything and anything that attracts my attention. 'One Drop' is about my early youth in Finsbury Park. Fantastic! Hello, we're all teenagers don't you forget it! At any age, stay young. 'Lollipop Opera' is basically a beautiful bunch of background noise and music to sum up Britain and all its wonderful ambidextrousness! 'The Room I Am In' well that's about drugs and council flats. And there's a tragedy that still continues. 'I Must Be Dreaming' Well, you know, I must be to put up with these governments."
All the new material was recorded in the UK last year at Steve Winwood’s studio in the Cotswolds. John Lydon talks about ‘This Is PiL’: “Well, 12 songs, where do I begin? Everything and anything that attracts my attention. ‘One Drop’ is about my early youth in Finsbury Park. Fantastic! Hello, we’re all teenagers don’t you forget it! At any age, stay young. ‘Lollipop Opera’ is basically a beautiful bunch of background noise and music to sum up Britain and all its wonderful ambidextrousness! ‘The Room I Am In’ well that’s about drugs and council flats. And there’s a tragedy that still continues. ‘I Must Be Dreaming’ Well, you know, I must be to put up with these governments. Following on from their monumental live performance at BBC Radio 6 Birthday Celebrations at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday March 16th which saw PiL include and baptise 2 new songs: Deeper Water and One Drop, PiL also played 2 very special shows at London’s Heaven showcasing more tracks from the new album with The Times commenting “This was and evening uncompromising art music, worthy of the total concentration of the audience.” The track One Drop has now also received airplay from BBC Radio 6, XFM and Absolute Radio.
Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time PiL's music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 Singles and 5 UK Top 20 Albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound John Lydon guided the band from their debut album 'First Issue' in 1978 through to 1992's 'That What Is Not', before a 17 year hiatus. John then resurrected PiL in 2009 playing live worldwide. Now after 20 years yet another new and unique chapter is set to unfold in the shape of new PiL material. John Lydon- After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses. Lu Edmonds- Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album Happy? and co-writing the album ‘9’ adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound. Bruce Smith- Former drummer in The Pop Group and The Slits became percussionist for PiL also in 1986 playing and recording on the albums Happy? and ‘9’. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce Smith brought his unique style into the fold. Scott Firth- A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn, and Elvis Costello.
1. This Is PiL
2. One Drop
3. Deeper Water
6. I Must Be Dreaming
7. It Said That
8. The Room I Am In
9. Lollipop Opera
11. Reggie Song
12. Out Of The Woods
Bonus DVD recorded at London, Heaven Nightclub, April 2nd 2012:
(deluxe 2 disc set only) (region-free) (PiLCDX002)
1. Deeper Water
2. This Is Not A Love Song
4. Reggie Song
9. Death Disco
10. Flowers of Romance
11. Lollipop Opera
12. Bags / Chant
13. Out of the Woods
14. One Drop
16. Open Up
“One Drop is a reflection of where I grew up in Finsbury Park, London. The area that shaped me, and influenced me culturally and musically, a place I will forever feel connected to. But within this I am also saying it doesn’t matter where you come from, we all go through the same emotions especially the disenchanted youth of today, yesterday and the future. Bearing in mind the Olympics are in London this year and who knows what that could bring for London and our country….” - John Lydon
Public Image Ltd confirm their first new material in 20 years will begin with the EP ‘One Drop’ released for ‘Record Store Day’ on April 21st Followed by the album ‘This Is PiL’ on May 28th The new material will be released on the bands own label ‘PiL Official’ Public Image Ltd can confirm that a 4 track ‘EP’ entitled ‘One Drop’ is set to be released for ‘Record Store Day’ on April 21st, marking their first new material for 20 years.
The 4 track ‘EP’ is taken from the forthcoming album ‘This Is PiL’ released on May 28th. Both the new EP and album is self-funded by PiL and will be released on PiL’s own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution. All the new material was recorded in the UK last year at Steve Winwood’s studio in the Cotswolds.
PiL were recently confirmed as special guests at BBC Radio 6 birthday celebrations at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London March 16th where they will be performing live, including some new tracks. With their show at The Brighton Concorde on August 16th sold out, a second date has been added at the venue on August 15th.
Lead track ‘One Drop’ from the EP of the same name was given an exclusive airing by Steve Lamacq on his BBC 6 show last week.
1. One Drop
2. I Must Be Dreaming
3. The Room I Am In
4. Lollipop Opera