Public Image Ltd

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‘I know what it’s like to be frightened’: John Lydon on loneliness, lyrics and life as a Sex Pistol
After 45 years of picking fights, the former Johnny Rotten is squaring up to his ex-bandmates, director Danny Boyle and anyone who disrespects the Queen. But what’s really impressive is his capacity for love

Tim Jonze

13, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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John Lydon: 'Don't become entrenched in one opinion and get stuck there for ever'
The former Sex Pistols frontman talks about looking after his wife, Nora, his support for Trump and Brexit, and why he can’t abide ‘moaners’

Barbara Ellen

11, Oct, 2020 @9:00 AM

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PiL: The Public Image Is Rotten (Songs From the Heart) review – how John Lydon bulldozed pop
From the rubble of the Sex Pistols arose a ‘consortium of like-minded loonies’ whose collision of dub, funk and punk smashed open the mainstream

Chal Ravens

19, Jul, 2018 @12:29 PM

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John Lydon: 'I didn’t want to be a comfortable, Mick Jagger-type naughty pop star'
From the Sex Pistols to the various iterations of PiL, via collaborations with Afrika Bambaataa and Leftfield, the legend, innovator and butter salesman picks the best of his output in the latest instalment of our songbook series

Dave Simpson

15, Feb, 2018 @12:39 PM

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This is not a love song - perhaps it never was | Barbara Ellen
Billboard reports that love songs are falling out of fashion, but maybe it was always a cover for something else

Barbara Ellen

20, May, 2017 @11:05 PM

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Readers recommend playlist: your most startling songs
A reader picks a playlist of alarming songs – and shock horror – it features the Cardiacs, Diamanda Galás and Public Image Ltd


05, Jan, 2017 @12:00 PM

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Readers recommend playlist: songs about sinners
Johnny Cash, Black Sabbath and Morrissey accompany our reader on a journey into sin


12, May, 2016 @11:00 AM

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John Lydon: I dyed my hair green, and Dad called me a brussels sprout
The PiL frontman on food and a London childhood, squatting with Sid Vicious and boating in California

Interview by John Hind

18, Oct, 2015 @8:00 AM

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A sweetened PiL: watch the video for Public Image Ltd's The One
The homemade video for the band’s new single finds John Lydon in a mellow mood

Guardian music

13, Oct, 2015 @9:00 AM

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Public Image Ltd review – Lydon’s unrefined invective still engrossing
John Lydon, punk’s eternal provocateur, comes on like a commedia dell’arte performer trying to ruin a perfectly good funk-pop band

Mark Beaumont

04, Oct, 2015 @1:13 PM

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Public Image Ltd: What the World Needs Now … review – undimmed punk biliousness
John Lydon is as febrile as ever on PiL’s rousing new album, even if most of the moves here are becoming pretty familiar

Caroline Sullivan

10, Sep, 2015 @8:30 PM

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New band of the week: Autobahn (No 67)
Leeds band in love with the postpunk sound of, well, Leeds at its most northern and industrial, gothic and gloomy

Paul Lester

21, Aug, 2015 @3:37 PM

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