Public Image Ltd.
Public Image Ltd (PiL) was formed in 1978 by John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten). The original band consisted of Keith Levene (guitar), Jah Wobble (bass), and Jim Walker (drums) and is considered one of the prominent post-punk bands of the time.
The band came about after the demise of punk rockers the Sex Pistols and John Lydon went off with Virgin Records Head Honcho Richard Branson to create a new post punk sounding band.
Public Image Ltd first had success with their single release “Public Image” and in the late ‘70s began touring in the US and the band went through a number of drummers in quick succession.
PiL’s second album Metal Box was received well but the band began to cause friction between them and their record label (Warner Brothers), and only wanted to work with local promoters to put on shows. Factions between the band-members were growing rapidly and any cohesion was vanishing quickly.
In 1981, Jah Wobble left the band and their next album The Flowers of Romance was released and the band continued touring and getting volatile reactions from the audience leading onto more tension within the band.
By the late ‘80s PiL was moving away from its post-punk sound and with their pop sounding release of "This Is Not A Love Song" (1983), John Lydon went on the hunt for a new touring band and created Album and then Happy (1987), The Greatest Hits, so Far (1990) and That What is Not (1992).
In 1992 Virgin Records ended funding for a tour to That What is Not and the band was on a foreseeable hiatus. After this time John Lydon went to publish his memoirs and Public Image Ltd brought out The Greatest Hits, So Far. Plastic Box.
In September 2009 Public Image Ltd announced their reformation for the first time in 17 years and consisted of a new line-up John Lydon (vocals and miscellaneous), Bruce Smith (drums), Lu Edmonds (guitars and keyboards), Scott Firth (bass). They released a new album: This is PiL which reached #35 in the UK Album Chart.