Public Image Ltd.
Resurrected in 2009 by John Lydon with former members Lu Edmonds (guitar) and Bruce Smith (drums), plus Scott Firth on bass, PiL received good notices after hitting the road and subsequently recorded their first album in 20 years, This Is PiL. Whatever the expectations, the new disc is far better than you could hope for. Lydon, who financed the album by appearing in ads for butter(!), still yowls, yelps, theatrically rolls his Rs, and spits vituperative lyrics, achieving a quirkily mesmerizing intensity, if once or twice sounding like a Dalek threatening Dr. Who. The songs are a curious mix of complaints, rants, reflections, and even a musing about Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, held together by Lydon's raging, pointillist vocals and the exceptionally taut, searing instrumental work that daubs bristling rock with echoes of dub and funk. 18+. (Photo by Paul Heartfield)
Mon., Oct. 22, 8 p.m., 2012
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