Helvetia 1986

Recording Quality – ★★★★ Performance – ☆☆☆ [7/10]

Line Up:
John Lydon – Vocals
Lu Edmonds – Guitar, Keyboards
John McGeoch – Guitar
Allan Dias – Bass
Bruce Smith – Drums

 

So following the pattern of uploading 1986 recordings, here’s another bootleg from our collection of shows from the album tour. This bootleg was recorded at the Palladium in Geneva Switzerland. The sound on this one is really loud and clear, the best that a dated audience recording gets really.

Notably, the band opened with an instrumental cover of Kashmir (Led Zeppelin) throughout this tour and this set also saw them revisiting the Sex Pistols’ Pretty Vacant and Holidays in the Sun played with a heavier distinctly PiL edge. Lydon seems like he’s in a better mood with the crowd in general without having to demand people to stop spitting like in the UK gigs earlier that year, and with the band having seen some other unsavoury violence creeping back into their gigs with John McGeoch getting glassed onstage in Vienna the previous month. Rise is obviously the biggest singalong track in the set garnering some audience involvement. They end up playing album almost in its entirety, and only Ease does not make it onto the setlist. 

This gig is also believed to be the one that was referred to in John’s autobiography that was attended by David Bowie. He writes: “PiL were playing a nightclub in Switzerland. In trots Mr. Bowie. He made his way backstage. It’s two minutes before we go on’. Hi, I’m Dave Bowie, and this is my son. He’d like to meet you’. I don’t know anyone who could deal with that shit two minutes before going on. We’re just going up the stairs,and I had to cope with this. I wasn’t rude to his son. His son had never do me any harm. But to him – blank. ‘Now if this was your gig and I came back, would you have me thrown out?’ I walked away and left it at that. And I’ll bet he would have. Again and again.”

Track listing

NO. TITLE
1. Kashmir
2. FFF
3. Low Life
4. Fishing
5. Poptones
6. Pretty Vacant
7. Religion
8. Flowers of Romance
9. Bags
10. Round
11. Home
12. Public Image
13. Order of Death / Rise
14. Holidays in the Sun
15. Annalisa

this is a 1986 recording

-Download link removed-

Rare Commercial Zone 1983 Vinyl

Not a live recording this time, but I recently acquired this rare vinyl copy of Commercial Zone which seems to be worth sharing as surprisingly there is hardly any other information about it available online. This record has the same serial number (XYZ-007) and track listing as the other 1st edition copies of Commercial Zone, (‘Love Song’ as track 1 instead of ‘Mad Max’, and ‘Solitaire’ before it was re-titled ‘Young Brits’ ) the release of which was initiated by Keith Levene in 1983 for the US market, shortly following his departure from the rest of the band.

While the vast majority of these copies came in just a plain white card sleeve with a cutout in the middle revealing the label, this one also includes an additional newsprint black and white collage-style fold-over cover titled “The Keith Levene Guide to Being Rotten”. The label and the record itself though is identical to others from the original batch with the slightly off “PIL” logo on the B-side (notably drawn with a different font than the official PiL logo and with an uppercase I).

The back cover features what looks like a cut & paste excerpt from an interview with Keith Levene and John Lydon describing the status of the then unreleased PiL album (see photo below), though it’s unclear what the source was. As with all 1st edition copies, it credits production and music entirely to Keith Levene with words by “Jon [sic] Lydon”, leaving out the other members, which was most likely a purposely cheeky move at the time.

 

 

This is a public service announcement

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Hey guys. We’ve been having a lot of people emailing and messaging us saying they are encountering problems with downloading. While we don’t mind helping you troobleshoot, this is becoming a regular happening. We give these albums away for free, taking time out to distribute them and aren’t obligated to help you with basic problems.

We would like to ask people who are using phones to download our recordings, to first learn how to use the technology before downloading from us. These are compressed .zip files and must be unzipped. This is how all music albums are formatted online. Please install Winzip on your phone from Google Play Store, and learn how to extract the files before downloading from us. If you google ‘how to extract compressed files on phone’ it will tell you in 3 easy steps.

Thanks for visiting and may the road rise!

Metal Box On Your Telly Box

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Recording Quality – ★★★★ Performance – ☆☆☆☆☆ [9/10]

Hey followers! This time we’re pleased to bring you the holy grail of PiL, the legendary ‘Check it Out’ interview tape originally aired on Tyne Tees in 1979. What’s so special about this upload? We have the full fucking thing! That means the full performance of Chant followed by the entire interview, revealing what it was that angered the band so much. Funny how they only ever showed PiL kicking off, and not the absolute twoddle and aggravation that they had thrown at John just minutes before…

Tracklist:

NO. TITLE
1. Chant ~ Live Tyne Tees 1979
2. Interview part 1
3. Interview part 2 [band walks out]

 

This is a 1979 recording

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Renovations…

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Recording Quality – ★★★★★ Performance – ☆☆☆☆ [9/10 overall]

Hey followers! Today we’ve decided to upload Renovations for you. Here’s a little backstory for those unfamiliar with its conception:


At some point in 1987 the band (consisted at the time of Lu Edmonds, John McGeoch, Allan Dias and Bruce Smith) realised that in the last year or so of playing with John Lydon they had essentially been covering his songs from the early PiL era. The band decided it would be worthwhile to re-record these songs in the studio, calling them Renovations since they were to be a redux of older PiL songs with the new lineup and a fresh take. A full LP was planned and thought to be included as a bonus disc for the album that would become Happy?. However this was scrapped altogether, with The Suit and Religion being the only tracks that ended up surfacing as b-sides for Seattle and The Body.

Here we bring you a compilation of some early PiL songs originally from the First Issue, Metal Box, and Flowers of Romance catalogue played and recorded by PiL 2. Included in this compilation are the two studio versions of Religion and The Suit from 1987 which both sound excellent, along with the live versions of the rest of the songs taken from various gigs throughout 1986. A great example of the versatility of a band like PiL and how the same classic songs evolve and adapt throughout the years along with the band.

 

Tracklist:

1 Public Image
2 Low Life
3 Religion
4 Annalisa
5 Poptones
6 The Suit
7 Four Enclosed Walls
8 Flowers of Romance
9 Banging the Door

This is a 1987 compilation

Download your copy of Renovations HERE
To find the password to unlock this download, join the This Is PiL group on facebook.

 

Amsterdam Paradiso 1986

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Recording Quality – ★★★★★ Performance – ☆☆ [7/10 overall]

Line Up:
John Lydon – Vocals
Lu Edmonds – Guitar, Keyboards
John McGeoch – Guitar
Allan Dias – Bass

Bruce Smith – Drums

Hey guys. Today we bring you an excellent recording from the European leg of the 1986 tour of album/cassette/compact disc. These gigs are very interesting as it’s the first time we hear PiL mk II performing.

The recording itself is excellent, a crystal clear soundboard. The performance and setlist however is rather odd and stilted. Having never recorded in the studio since being put together by John, the band of Lu Edmonds, John McGeoch, Bruce Smith and Allan Dias have non of their own material to work with, and the result is a very unsure sounding band trying their hardest to cover old PiL songs. The musicianship is good, but it’s just not very genuine sounding at this point. That said, there is a very interesting take on Banging The Door that’s worth hearing. Aside from that, this record is more of a thing of curiosity for fans, and anybody wanting to hear powerful live music should download our bootlegs of 1987 and 1988.

Once again this one is dedicated to members of This Is PiL facebook group. Enjoy

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1. Public Image
2. Banging the Door
3. Four Enclosed Walls
4. Flowers of Romance
5. Annalisa
6. Order of Death
7. Rise
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this is a 1986 recording

Download HERE

London Hammersmith Odeon 1989

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Recording Quality – ★★★★ Performance – ☆☆☆☆ [8/10 overall]

Line Up:
John Lydon – Vocals
Ted Chau – Guitar, Keyboards
John McGeoch – Guitar
Allan Dias – Bass
Bruce Smith – Drums

 

Hey PiL fans! Welcome back to our updated site. To kick off our return, we’ve brought you a rare gig from the Hammersmith Odeon in London, UK, 1989. This is pretty special as it’s the only PiL gig in England from 1987 to 1992 (surprising trivia, doesn’t sound right does it?)

This one is dedicated to our friends from This Is PiL Facebook group. Any followers who are unaware of this group, go check it out and join, it’s a very large (3000+ members) and very active PiL fan base.

Anyway, the sound quality of this one is quite decent but not anything special. As for the performance, after extensively touring Australasia and Asia, PiL seem to have got it together for this, their homecoming show. The setlist is filled with Happy? and 9 material, and also their biggest tracks from previous albums. This is also the first time Ted Chau had played with PiL in the UK. An excellent gig with decent sound, reflecting a great era in PiL’s history! Below you will find the tracklisting, personnel and download link! Enjoy

Track listing

NO. TITLE
1. Warrior
2. Happy
3. This is not a love song
4. Home
5. Brave New World
6. Seattle
7. Open & Revolving
8. Fishing
9. Round
10. The Body
11. Same Old Story
12. Rise
13. Disappointed
14. Worry
15. Public Image
16. World Destruction
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this is a 1989 recording

Download HERE

 

 

What the World Needs Now LIVE – Setlist + Shoom

I had the huge pleasure of seeing PiL on a Sunday night at The Opera House in Toronto, and the band never disappoints (a few people)! John’s vocals have been sounding louder, stronger and more powerful than it has in years, repeatedly prompting howls from the crowd. On top of that, an incredible performance from Lu, Bruce, and Scott from start to finish. What The World Needs Now… tour has been quite heavy with a sinister edge to many of the songs they’ve already been doing. I was lucky enough to grab a setlist at the end of the show as well:

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Highlights for me were: Bettie Page, Corporate, The Body, Warrior, Open Up/Shoom

And yes, they played Shoom live for the second time ever! (Psst link to audio recording at the bottom of this post) But first some of the more decent photos I managed to get:

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Death Disco Ball

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Open Up has been condensed from previous live versions of it, but the band still owns it and it is completely captivating. Merges right into Shoom which has been one of the strongest tracks from the new album and a perfect killer to end on before the Encore- Public Image followed by Rise.

MP3 recording of Open Up/Shoom download HERE

Tavastia Klubi Helsinki 1988

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[7/10]  Recording Quality – ★★★ Performance – ☆☆☆☆

Ultra rare recording from 1988 at the Tavastia Club in Helsinki. You’ll probably not see this one again so download it, it’s fantastic!

Line Up:
John Lydon – Vocals
Lu Edmonds – Guitar, Keyboards
John McGeoch – Lead Guitar
Allan Dias – Bass Guitar
Bruce Smith – Drums/Percussion

 

Track listing

NO. TITLE
1. Public Image
2. Friend
3. Seattle
4. Home
5. Bags
6. Rise
7. Hard Times
8. Religion
9. Rules & Regulations
10. Angry
11. Open & Revolving
12. Holidays In The Sun
13. This Is Not A Love Song
14. The Body
15. World Destruction
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This Is A 1988 Live Recording

Download your copy here – [Download] 

London Astoria 1987 Volume 2

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Here is the second Astoria show from the Happy? tour, big thanks to PiL Head for sharing this one. Setlist was pretty much identical to the previous night’s, just with Holidays In The Sun and This Is Not A Love Song switched around during the encore.

[6/10] 
Recording Quality – ★★★
Performance – ☆☆☆

Track listing

NO. TITLE
1. Save Me
2. Rise
3. Seattle
4. Four Enclosed Walls
5. FFF
6. Open and Revolving
7. Low Life
8. Home
9. Rules and Regulations
10. Hard Times
11. Fat Chance Hotel
12. Timezone (World Destruction)
13. Angry
14. The Body
15. Round
16. Public Image
[Encore]
17. This Is Not A Love Song
18. Holidays in the Sun
20. Religion
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This Is A 1987 Recording

Download Here – [Link Removed By Us, Email Us With Propositions]

New Addition To The Collection…

I’m very excited to post about a special item I received in the post today – A sealed mint factory pressing of a well circulated bootleg “Rotten To The Core”.

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Taken from a Finnish radio broadcast, it was recorded live at Provinssi Rock Festival, Finland 6/6/1992 and was packaged and distributed by Italian label Big Music in 1993.

For those of you not lucky enough to own a copy, I have included a link to download the album below.

Tracklist:

1 This Is Not A Love Song 6:06
2 Criminal 5:56
3 Love Hope 4:31
4 Think Tank 5:25
5 Rules And Regulations 5:33
6 Acid Drops 7:13
7 Cruel 6:09
8 Don’t Ask Me 5:05
9 Body 6:32
10 Disappointed 5:15

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A COPY

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Sleeve for Tavastia Klubi

Ultra rare recording from 1988 at the Tavastia Club in Helsinki.
You’ll probably not see this one again so download it, it’s fantastic!

[7/10] 
Recording Quality – ★★★
Performance – ☆☆☆☆

John Lydon
John McGeoch – Lead Guitar
Lu Edmonds – Guitar/ Keyboards
Allan Dias – Bass Guitar
Bruce Smith – Percussion

Track listing

No. Title
1. Public Image
2. Friend
3. Seattle
4. Home
5. Bags
6. Rise
7. Hard Times
8. Religion
9. Rules & Regulations
10. Angry
11. Open & Revolving
12. Holidays In The Sun
13. This Is Not A Love Song
14. The Body
15. World Destruction
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Back Cover for Tavastia Klubi

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This Is A 1988 Live Recording

Download Here – [Link Removed]

Very Best Of Compilations…?

So our little PiL repository seems to be attracting the interest of quite a few fanatics. We’ve come across quite a few obscure recordings now, from each era in PiLs history and we’re thinking of using our acquired knowledge on these aurally damaging shows to help us bring you only the best from those eras, a nice little collection showcasing the best the tours had to offer? Maybe you don’t want to run around scavenging rare shows on old cassettes just to find the best version of a song performed live? We’re taking the best performances, best audio quality and obscurities and putting them all in one place. Flagship albums to start off your collection of a particular era.

These best of compilations have been mastered by us to ensure quality, and are only available by request at Publicimagelive@gmail.com. 

*Of course, we do not charge – but we do trade. Do you have an offer for us?

Edit:

Currently we have compiled the following albums –

The Best Of Metal Box Live [1979-1980]                                                                           A collection of the best Metal Box live performances and interviews between 1979 and 1980.
You Are Now Entering A Commercial Zone…                                                                 Commercial Zone live and obscure performances 1982-1983 with additional studio demos & interviews.

You’ll receive a zipped folder containing a quantity of Mp3 recordings, source information for each recording, pictures from the shows features, interviews, and high quality sleeve artwork.

May the road rise!

London Astoria [2/2] 29/09/1987

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Here is the second Astoria show from the Happy? tour, big thanks to PiL Head for sharing this one. Setlist was pretty much identical to the previous night’s, just with Holidays In The Sun and This Is Not A Love Song switched around during the encore.

[6/10] 
Recording Quality – ★★★
Performance – ☆☆☆

Track listing

No. Title
1. Save Me
2. Rise
3. Seattle
4. Four Enclosed Walls
5. FFF
6. Open and Revolving
7. Low Life
8. Home
9. Rules and Regulations
10. Hard Times
11. Fat Chance Hotel
12. Timezone (World Destruction)
13. Angry
14. The Body
15. Round
16. Public Image
[Encore]
17. This Is Not A Love Song
18. Holidays in the Sun
20. Religion
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This Is A 1987 Recording

Download Here – [Link Removed By Us]

First Avenue/Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis 1982

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[7/10]

Recording Quality – ★★★
Performance – ☆☆☆☆

Track listing

No. Title
1. Lou Reed II (Where Are You?)
2. Annalisa
3. Bad Baby
4. Careering
5. Religion
6. Attack
7. Chant
8. Mad Max
9. Public Image
10. Swan Lake
11. Low Life
12. Public Image
13. Under The House

Download Here

Remember to check our list, if you have something we don’t have we’d really appreciate you getting in contact at Publicimagelive@gmail.com or leave a comment for us. Thanks

Reading Festival, August 28th 1992

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This Is A 1992 Live Recording

That What Is Not European Tour (1992)
John Lydon
John McGeoch: Guitar
Ted Chau: Keyboards & Guitars
Mike Joyce: Drums
Russell Webb: Bass

Good sound quality on this bootleg of a great set. The band over-ran their allotted time slot and were heavily fined, reportedly.

A seminal gig for PiL collectors, this is a must have.

[8/10] 
Recording Quality – ★★★★
Performance – ☆☆☆☆

Track listing

No. Title
1. Kashmir
2. Criminal
3. Love Hope
4. This Is Not A Love Song
5. Think Tank
6. Rules & Regulations
7. Seattle
8. Don’t Ask Me
9. Acid Drops
10. Cruel
11. The Body
12. Disappointed
13. Rise
14. Public Image
15. EMI

Download Mp3 HERE 

[Password required download – Request password at PublicImagelive@gmail.com]

We are still on the look out for more recordings, please help us build an archive.

If you happen to have a copy of this gig on video, please let us know as we are currently missing a source (2 video recordings of this show are known to exist).

London Astoria [1/2] 28/09/1987

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PiL played at the Astoria for two consecutive nights on the 28th and 29th of September 1987 after a string of UK tour dates scheduled directly following the release of Happy? earlier in the month were cancelled. This is a bootleg of the first of those two. It is not the most favourable of the Happy? tour nor the best quality recording or performance but the setlist includes a lot of Happy? songs which didn’t really see the light of day. I have seen a number of requests on Youtube for songs like Fat Chance Hotel and Angry live – Only to be told by misinformed fans that they weren’t performed live or released. Well, hopefully if you found this post, we have granted your wishes. Fat Chance Hotel did not make it through to 1988, being played rarely and then scrapped. Get it while you can!

[6/10] 
Recording Quality – ★★★
Performance – ☆☆☆

Track listing

No. Title
1. Save Me
2. Rise
3. Seattle
4. ‘Allah’ (Four Enclosed Walls)
5. FFF
6. Open and Revolving
7. Low Life
8. Home
9. Rules and Regulations
10. Rules and Regulations (cont’d)
11. Hard Times
12. Fat Chance Hotel
13. Timezone (World Destruction)
14. Angry
15. The Body
16. Round
17. Public Image
18. Holidays in the Sun
19. This is Not a Love Song
20. Religion

Download HERE

“John Lydon on Everything” Loud and Quiet, May 2012

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Press clipping front page issue that we’ve kept of John Lydon on the cover of Loud And Quiet [Volume 03 Issue 37] from 2012. Includes several colour photographs by Phil Sharp as well as cover story/interview discussing PiL and other opinions.

I’ll also include a zip folder to download which will include large resolution images of the pages for anyone interested in reading the article. There probably is a more easily accessible digital version of this on the web, but this is for the odd people like myself who just have an affinity for seeing physical, tangible media anyway.

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-Download the folder HERE

LIVE VIDEO – Rio De Janeiro, Canecão, August 21st, 1987

Nice to see this footage from PiL’s first ever tour in South America. This was the second of only two dates in Brazil, the first being São Paulo three days prior. They played at a venue called Canecão, described as an “indoor arena”.

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Oversized suit rainbow dreads Johnny doing his thing

Was requested by PiL Head to post this one. If you don’t already follow him, he’s a fellow obsessive and long time disseminator of all things PiL.

What we have to share is an incomplete video of the show, which seems to have been broadcasted on a station or program called “Realce” seeing as it appears in the corner of the screen at some point near the end of the video. The quality is decent given the year and the fact that it was ripped from a videotaped copy of the broadcast.

This 6:45 clip includes cuts from Rise, Hard Times, Home, This Is Not A Love Song, ending with John telling off an audience member for spitting. Seeing as there aren’t many other videos circulating from his underrepresented rainbow-dreads-massively-oversized-colourful-suit phase, this one is worth checking out. (I’m going to continue calling it that until someone comes up with a catchier name for this era!)

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Full setlist and just more information in general

Note: We’re still on the lookout for the complete footage of this show which is definitely lurking somewhere in the world. As always, please leave us a comment or send an email to publicimagelive@gmail.com if you have anything you’d be kind enough to contribute, or even just for requests, flattering compliments, friendly greetings, verbal abuse (don’t do that, it’s rude), and the like. May the road rise…

-Watch and download the video HERE (mp4 format)-

Metal Box in Dub at Village Underground

Thought I’d pass along this nice recording of the first ever Metal Box in Dub show at London’s Village Underground on Friday 25 May 2012.

Keith and Wobble doing their take of good ol’ Metal Box songs with some free-form brass accompaniment.

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Tracklist:

  1. [Intro]
  2. Graveyard – Instrumental
  3. Memories – Instrumental
  4. Poptones – Instrumental
  5. No Birds Do Sing
  6. Death Disco
  7. Albatross
  8. [Encore]
  9. Careering
  10. Bad Baby – Instrumental
  11. Public Image [+exit]

Most but not all of the gig also uploaded in video by Nathan

Related Interview

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-Download your copy HERE

Homage to KeeF

Time for some art now – here’s one of my sketches of Keith from a while back. The reference image was a still from the Snyder interview. I was experimenting with a technique to separate colours in black ink and felt it would be perfect to use on this image. Unfortunately, there aren’t any Keith bootlegs so it’s pretty much useless as a cover. Dark enough for ya?

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Keith Levene by J.Warner

Vampire…

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For those of you who don’t know, Vampire was a track recorded during the Flowers Of Romance sessions at The Manor Studio.  It was once believed to be mythical, a thing of Folklore. Many talked about it, but nobody had it. It was thought to be lost, until recent years when it surfaced online in a collection of demo recordings from 1981-82. The song was always said to feature heavy drums, and strange other worldly noises at the beginning of the track. This actually turned out to be a recording of some water being poured from a bottle and slowed down, creating a noise that could easily be compared to a dinosaurs mating call. In all honesty, it’s not hard to see why it wasn’t included on Flowers Of Romance. It’s nothing special, but the mythical status alone makes it desirable – an essential for PiL collectors.

I will eventually upload the whole Commercial Zone Demo Recordings (the album Vampire was extracted from) and will leave you this little oddity to be going on with. Enjoy.

Download your copy HERE

You Are Now Entering A Commercial Zone…

While we’re all anxiously waiting for the release of Commercial Zone 2014, it would be nice to have a look back at the original Commercial Zone. You should all know it, but for those who don’t – or simply don’t have a copy, here it is for you to download.

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Tracklist

1 Love Song
2 Mad Max
3 Bad Night
4 Solitaire
5 The Slab
6 Lou Reed (Pt.1)
7 Lou Reed (Pt.2)
8 Blue Water
9 Miller Hi-Life

Download your copy HERE

26 Years ago…

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26 years ago, PiL were coming to the end of their US tour promoting 1987 studio album Happy?

The tour fell into notoriety for John sporting rainbow dreadlocks with various hair accessories, surreal stage sets and those over-sized tacky suits. I’m always fascinated to find things from this era, with hardly any material being recorded, and hardly anything in the media, it’s an extremely scarce and mysterious period. If you have any recordings or media circa 87-88, I welcome you to contribute to the blog. Contact me at Publicimagelive@gmail.com

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Bootleg Cassette
Tavastia Club Finland
1988

Here’s Johnny sporting “rainbow worm” dreads on Late Night Chat in 1988, along side Dennis Morris.

Rotten To The Core – Provinssi Rock Festival, Finland 1992

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Ok, so this is a fairly common bootleg to start with – but one of my favourites none the less.
Recorded in Europe in 1992, this is one of the best quality recordings of the That What Is Not tour, an essential for PiL collectors. Although the recording is incomplete, it features all of the regular numbers that featured throughout the European tour.

This era is definitely my favourite live post-Levene, with all of the songs played with an aggressive approach, a favourable heavy sound and a transmogrified This Is Not A Love Song, which had previously sounded drab live. This sound is achieved through a combination of heavy bass courtesy of Allan Dias, and the harmonious guitar duo of John McGeoch and touring guitarist Ted Chau.
Also worth noting is Mike Joyce of The Smiths on drums, who became an official touring member after Bruce Smiths dismissal.

Taken from a Finnish radio broadcast, it was recorded live at Provinssi Rock Festival, Finland 6/6/1992 and was packaged and distributed by Italian label Big Music in 1993.

Over the years, the recording of This Is Not A Love Song taken from this bootleg has been mistakenly identified as a Sex Pistols cover of the song, even though you can clearly hear the stage introduction – an instrumental of ‘Cruel’ at the beginning.

Tracklist:

1 This Is Not A Love Song 6:06
2 Criminal 5:56
3 Love Hope 4:31
4 Think Tank 5:25
5 Rules And Regulations 5:33
6 Acid Drops 7:13
7 Cruel 6:09
8 Don’t Ask Me 5:05
9 Body 6:32
10 Disappointed 5:15

Click HERE to download your copy.

Enjoy!

Commercial Zone 2014 – Where Are You?

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After things went quiet regarding new studio materialI’m relieved to hear Keith is currently hard at work in the studio producing his new album Commercial Zone 2014 to mark the 30th anniversary of Commercial Zone which was unofficially released by Keith in 1984.

Upon setting up a crowdfunding scheme to raise money for the production of the album (in which almost double the target amount was raised), Keith had this to say:

The project endeavors to take the work from ’83. Enhance it with original material and fantastic artwork that will take CZ way past 2014 and be the way it could have been. I picked the right 30years to wait to finish an album.
In 1982-1983 Levene went in the studio to compose what was intended to be PiL’s fourth album  “Commercial Zone”  

However, due to endless complications the project became splintered in spring 1983. This led to Keith going his separate way from PiL resulting in 2 diluted releases neither of which were satisfactory.

I feel my Commercial Zone was the purest version. 

This all sounds very promising, and I’m glad to announce we can expect it’s arrival come late November.

Keith is set to appear on a local US Radio station to promote Commercial Zone 2014 amongst other projects he’s currently working on.

This will air on the 25th of September, and can be streamed live via this link:

http://new.livestream.com/accounts/4258101/events/3395666