What does it sound like?:
The debut album by Public Image is one of those un-impeachable debuts – every moment of every track sounds so vital, so important, so “real” – like the authors actually cared about what they were doing, not assembling stuff and then sticking in some filler to make up time and appease their record company overlords. I have bought and enjoyed every subsequent Public Image Limited Release – maybe not on first listen, but they all get under your skin eventually. But, to my ears, none have surpassed the debut outing. However, with the release of “What The World Needs Now”, I think there is some very close competition. Opening with one of the many songs on this album which are unlikely to get played on the radio (only in edited form), “Double Trouble” sees John Lydon in fine over-enunciating form, backed by Lu Edmonds relentless guitar and solid, thundering, rhythm backing from Scott Firth and drummer Bruce Smith. A broken toilet resulting in an argument with your partner may not seem like song material, but it works perfectly. As does the invokation of mundanity “Domestos Is … Domestic Bliss” – surely a phrase to » Continue Reading.