Public Image Limited - Second Edition (aka Metal Box) (1980)

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This, PiL’s 2nd outing, is equal parts atrocious and astounding. It’s also possibly one of the most challenging and divisive records in my entire collection.

It was also a record extremely influential in guiding the post-punk, new wave bands (at least the more interesting ones) that emerged from the late 70’s, early 80’s.

I was never a fan at the time but after reading John Lydon’s autobiography “Anger Is An Energy” I am retrospectively discovering some hidden PiL treasures. It’s not always easy listening but there are some genuine OMG! moments.

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Today is John Lydon’s birthday. Being empowered with this knowledge, I immediately reached for my collection of PiL (Public Image Limited) records, Lydon’s post Pistols collective.