Published Apr 02, 2013Thirty-five years after John Lydon's Public Image Limited blasted onto the scene with their debut album First Issue, the band are set to deliver the iconic set's first-ever North American pressing. The album drops on LP and as an expanded double-CD on June 18 through Light In the Attic Records.
A press release confirms that extra tracks will be available on the secondary disc on the CD edition, including rare B-side "The Cowboy Song" and an unedited, almost hour-long interview with Lydon that the BBC conducted in 1978. The package also includes two stickers.
As for the 180-gram LP, it preserves the record's original tracklisting, though it comes with a download card for the extra material. It will feature a gatefold sleeve, and comes with a fold-out poster, replica newspaper adverts and a lyric sheet.
Deluxe editions of both sets will contain the above, and also come packaged with a PiL patch and a set of six buttons.
Allegedly too uncommercial for U.S. audiences at the time, First Issue was Lydon's jump-off from the caustic punk style he honed as the singer of the Sex Pistols. PiL's debut LP unfurled a number of influences, including dub, pop and folk, while sowing the seeds of darkened post-punk. You can sample the band's still untouchable, critics-decrying anthem "Public Image" down below.
In related news, PiL will issue "Public Image"/"Cowboy Song" on a limited 7-inch for Record Store Day this year.
2. Religion I
3. Religion II
5. Public Image
6. Low Life
1. The Cowboy Song
2. Interview With John Lydon – BBC Radio 1, Rock On, Oct. 28, 1978