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Public Image Ltd (abbreviated as PiL) are an English post-punk band formed by singer John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten), guitarist Keith Levene, bassist Jah Wobble, and drummer Jim Walker. The group's personnel has changed frequently over the years; Lydon has been the sole constant member.

Following his departure from the Sex Pistols in January 1978, Lydon was eager to pursue a more experimental project and formed PiL. Later that year, the group released its debut First Issue (1978), featuring an abrasive, bass-heavy sound and drawing on elements of dub, noise, and progressive rock. Their second album Metal Box (1979) pushed their sound further into the avant-garde, and is often regarded as one of the most important albums of the post-punk era.

By 1984, both Levene and Wobble had departed, and the group came under the direction of Lydon. Subsequent albums included This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get (1984). After a late 1990s hiatus, Lydon reformed the group in 2009 and has released several further albums, most recently What the World Needs Now... (2015).

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 First Issue Public Image Ltd. 4 6
1979 Metal Box Public Image Ltd. 4.35 9
1981 The Flowers of Romance Public Image Ltd. 3 6
1983 Commercial Zone Public Image Ltd. 1
1984 This Is What You Want… This Is What You Get Public Image Ltd. 4 5
1985 Album / Compact Disc / Cassette Public Image Ltd. 5 7
1987 Happy? Public Image Ltd. 5 5
1989 9 Public Image Ltd. 4.5 5
1992 That What Is Not Public Image Ltd. 4.5 3
2012 This is PiL Public Image Ltd. 4 5
2015 What the World Needs Now… Public Image Ltd. 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 The Greatest Hits, So Far Public Image Ltd. 4 7
1999 Plastic Box Public Image Ltd. 2
2015 Rise: The Collection Public Image Ltd. 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 1978-12-22: Recorded Live in Paris When Nobody Was Looking: Le Stadium, Paris, France Public Image Ltd. 1
1980 Paris au Printemps Image Publique S.A. 5
1980 1980-05-04: Profile: Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, USA Public Image Ltd. 1
1983 Live in Tokyo Public Image Ltd. 4
2009 ALiFE 2009: Manchester Academy, 19th December 2009 Public Image Ltd. 2
2009 ALiFE 2009: O2 Academy Brixton, 21st December 2009 Public Image Ltd. 2
2011 Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2011 Public Image Ltd. 4
2012 Live at Rockpalast 1983 Public Image Ltd 1
2015 Live at O₂ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, October 2nd 2015 Public Image Ltd. 1
2015 ALiFE 2009: Live at Birmingham Academy 15.12.2009 Public Image Ltd. 1
2015 ALiFE 2009: Live at Leeds Academy 16.12.2009 Public Image Ltd. 1
1978-12-26: Extra Issue: Rainbow Theatre, London, UK Public Image Ltd. 1
1980-04-20: Palladium, New York City, NY, USA Public Image Ltd. 1
1981-05-15: Riot! The Ritz, New York City, NY, USA Public Image Ltd. 1
1986: Oxford Apollo Theater Public Image Ltd. 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Public Image Public Image Ltd. 1
1979 Death Disco Public Image Ltd. 2
1979 Memories Public Image Ltd. 1
1981 Flowers of Romance Public Image Ltd. 1
1983 This Is Not a Love Song Public Image Ltd. 5
1986 Rise Public Image Ltd. 4 3
1986 Home Public Image Ltd. 1
1987 Seattle Public Image Ltd. 2
1987 The Body (UK & US remixes) Public Image Ltd. 1
1989 Disappointed Public Image Ltd. 2
1989 Warrior Public Image Ltd. 1
1990 Don’t Ask Me Public Image Limited 2
1992 Cruel Public Image Ltd. 2
1992 Acid Drops Public Image Ltd. 1
2012 Reggie Song / Out of the Woods Public Image Ltd. 2

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 That What Is Metal Public Image Ltd. 1
2012 One Drop Public Image Ltd. 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980-06-27: The Tomorrow Show, Los Angeles, CA, US Public Image Ltd. 1

Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980-05-03: American Bandstand, Los Angeles, CA, USA Public Image Ltd. 1

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