This is PiL

TO DO LIST: Public Image Limited TONIGHT @ The 9:30 Club!!

In a recent interview, Public Image Ltd. (PiL)frontman John Lydon said, "I made a bloody big noise when I began, and I don't expect that noise to die off anytime soon. I'm very proud of that. But that's where I learned to write songs. And here's the fruit of that tree. PiL." That fruit, as it were, will ripen the 9:30 Club tonight on a rare U.S. tour which they've dubbed "No Shit Now Rock."

The "bloody big noise" Lydon referred to is of course The Sex Pistols, an association Lydon will never escape (nor does he seem to want to). Even though the Pistols were only together for three years (not counting post-Sid Vicious reunions) and released just one album, their influence on music is incalculable and has largely overshadowed everything Lydon has done since. Which is a shame, as PiL's output has been consistently solid. Their second album, Metal Box, is considered a post-punk classic. In May they released their ninth album and first in 20 years, This Is PiL, and it was a surprisingly effective return. This is PiL continues their unique fusion of rock, pop, electronica, and dub, which should make for a fantastic live performance. But of course it's not just the music - you go to a PiL show to see Lydon. Even at 56 the former Johnny Rotten still gives it everything he's got when he performs, and he certainly isn't shy about keeping his unique opinions to himself. One can only imagine what he'll say while addressing a DC crowd.

Tickets are still available. Get em while they're hot folks!

REVIEW: Public Image Limited - This Is PiL

It’s possible that there’s someone out there who’s been anxiously awaiting a new PiL album for the past 20 years. Maybe they thought that John Lydon and company had another Metal Box in them, or were waiting on another blistering, sarcastic jam like “This is Not a Love Song.” (It’s safe to assume that this hypothetical person did not hear PiL’s most “recent” studio album, 1992’s That What is Not, more famous for the is-it-or-isn’t-it album cover than the music within it, and also missed Lydon’s commercials for Country Life butter.)

If such a person exists they have my utmost sympathy. This is PiL ranks alongside Lydon’s 1997 solo record Psycho’s Path in terms of its sheer lack of necessity, which may be why it’s such a pleasant surprise.