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Post-punk PiLs and thrills; From The Indy archive: Robert Webb on Public Image Ltd's 1978 debut, which wasamission statement from the future

Nov 14, 2020 - The Independent UK

Jah Wobble's low-frequency bass thrums like a ship's cable. The drummer Jim Walker picks up the brisk two-note riff. Crackling through the ether, John Lydon greets us with a chirpy: "Hello, hello, hello, ha-ha", and Keith Levene's all-metal guitar cuts a swathe through the drum and bass.

The debut single from Public Image Ltd sounded like a mission statement from the future: a sonic germ of the decade to come. In the six months after he left The Sex Pistols, in early 1978, Lydon regrouped ...