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PIL - FLOWERS OF ROMANCE
(1981)

Get your hard hats on for this fest of eardrum ripping drumming, dark synth, blood curdling Lydon vocals and a 'way out there' cornucopia of instrumentation and sounds.

'Four Enclosed Walls', 'Under The House', and 'Banging The Door' gave drummer Martin Atkins free rein, and he takes full advantage! A joke in a British music paper, NME, at the time, was that it was really a whole array of vaunted drummers on this album, hammering away simultaneously, including Ginger Baker. It wasn't, but, ironically, the ex-Cream man would drum for PIL some years later.  

This album encompasses historical references aplenty, and, musically, moves from free jazz to a distorted type of Eastern folk music, with a very sparing use of conventional electric guitars.  

The title track, 'Flowers Of Romance', even has a 'Johnny Rotten plays violin' moment, which, surprisingly, he pulls off with aplomb. It's the nearest there is to a commercial track here.

'Go Back' is a dry and witty observation of right wing paranoia, more specifically about refugees coming into Britain. This track sums up an undercurrent of darkness which pervades the whole album. An album which bellows, "We're not in it for the money" - an attitude lost on the wannabe celebrity culture of now.  

This is not rock or pop music, and it has no real pigeon-hole to go to. Okay, let's try! Experimental, primeval world music perhaps? High marks for Lydon and Levene for not settling on producing the rock fodder which was expected of them. Musically, this album still leaves me as puzzled as when I first heard it, but maybe that was the whole idea...

- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.

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'Flowers Of Romance' Track Listing
(All tracks written by Keith Levene/John Lydon unless otherwise stated)

Side One
Four Enclosed Walls (Lydon/Levene/Atkins)
Track 8
Phenagen
Flowers Of Romance
Under The House (Atkins/Levene/Lydon)


Side Two
Hymie's Him
Banging The Door (Atkins/Levene/Lydon)
Go Back
Francis Massacre

 


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Public Image Limited - Paris in the Spring
One of the weirdest live albums you're ever likely to hear. The crowd are out of it in more ways than one, and Johnny seems in a mood. Features early PIL gems such as 'Bad Baby', 'Poptones', 'Theme', and 'Chant'. - P.R.

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That What Is Not
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Virgin (Audio CD) - March 12, 1992
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Second Edition
~Public Image Limited
Virgin (Audio CD) - October 1, 1999
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Psycho's Path
~John Lydon
Virgin America (Audio CD) - June 16, 1997
Avg. Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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