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New PiL material

John Lydon discusses the band's first new material in 20 years

  • 29/07/2011
  • Sinead Garvan

Public Image Ltd are back in the studio recording the band's first new material in 20 years.

They've been back together since 2009, touring their old material but now they've decided it's time to get a new album together.

John Lydon explained they are doing it now:

"We've got ourselves in a position where we can afford to this, all of us love what we do, it's a fantastic environment PiL has created for itself."

It is the adverts that John did with Country Life butter that have allowed the band to tour and now record this new album, something John isn't ashamed of:

"It is important to realise that in all the years I have been in the music industry the only people that treated me with any real respect was a butter manufacturer."

The current line-up sees John Lydon at the helm, having financed the reunion with his appearance on a advert for butter, with earlier members Bruce Smith and Lu Edmonds, plus multi-instrumentalist Scott Firth.

John says, musically, this is the happiest he has ever been:

"It was difficult in the past because I wasn't really inspired by the people wrapped around me, sometimes yes, sometimes no but not to this level and this intensity."

6 Music's Sinead Garvan took a trip there where she spoke to John Lydon and he gave her a tour of the studio:

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    • 1. At 7:00pm on 04 Aug 2011, jasonaparkes wrote:

      I saw PIL last year and they were great (even when playing some later PIL material that was far from classic), but the idea of a session bassist being better than Jah Wobble is an odd one. & I see Keith Levene has resurfaced and will feature on a new LP from Mark Stewart (& Wobble is still around with his own band and collaborating with Viv Albertine of The Slits). Wobble wanted to do new material a few years ago and one of the reasons he didn't rejoin was Lydon not wanting to do any.

      Sad as the first two PIL albums and surround versions/songs (their BBC Peel Session, the different version of Memories etc) are as great as it gets.

      The line-up of PIL doesn't quite do it for me, a bit like the reformed Magazine recording a new LP without Barry Adamson...

      Still, these older bands can make great records, e.g. the last Fall LP, Absolute Dissent by Killing Joke, Red Barked Tree by Wire....

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