Public Image Ltd. Announce New Album Dedicated to John Lydon's Late Wife
It's the post-punk band's first LP in eight years
Published Apr 11, 2023Public Image Ltd. have announced a new album — their first in eight years — dedicated to the memory of frontman John Lydon's late wife, Nora Forster.
End of World will be upon us on August 11 via Cargo. It follows the post-punk outfit helmed by the former Sex Pistols frontman's 2015 LP What the World Needs Now.
The band began working on the album amid their 40th anniversary tour in 2018 — the same year Forster, who passed away on April 5, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. "There was just this massive explosion of ideas," Lydon said of the epoch in a press release. In 2020, the singer revealed that he had shelved a PiL album to become his wife's full-time carer.
"Nora loved the album, she wouldn't have wanted us to postpone it or change any of our plans," Lydon continued. Earlier this year, the band released the soul-bearing ballad "Hawaii" in another bid to represent Ireland at Eurovision. The song, which is featured on End of World, was described as a love letter to Forster.
Today, PiL have shared a second taste of the album with sprawling new single "Penge," which Lydon described as "something of a mediaeval Viking epic."
Watch the video for "Penge" below, where you'll also find the album tracklist.
End of World:
2. End of the World
3. Car Chase
4. Being Stupid Again
6. Pretty Awful
8. Down on the Clown
9. Dirty Murky Delight
10. The Do That
11. L F C F
12. North West Passage
Pre-order End of World.