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Album Of The Week: Public Image Ltd - Metal Box

Album Of The Week: Public Image Ltd - Metal Box

Elliot Ryder | Features & Interviews

Life is always better with a soundtrack, and time spent hard at work in the office is no different. Therefore, coming your way every Tuesday will be album of the week; a release we can't contain our excitement for or a record we have been reluctant to take off repeat since its first play. We’ll be putting the time in to explore the world of new releases on a quest to bring you the best. While we’re at it, just because we’re feeling generous, we’ll be digging deep into our collections and giving classic albums the airplay they deserve.

Metal Box - PiL
(The iconic packaging of PiL - Metal Box)

Punk should forever be lauded for challenging conceptions and rigid authority in a society that wasn’t prepared for its arrival, but special plaudits should be given for the genre’s ability to move aside when its initial impact was waning, paving the way for its smarter, better read brother, post punk. If the Sex Pistols embodied chaos, PiL demonstrated the unrelenting force of channelled and acute anger, arguably leaving a more distinguishable footprint than the Pistols amongst the mud trodden tracks of the discontented late 1970s.

PiL’s second LP, Metal Box, finds itself released into a turbulent sphere for the second time; now accompanying the washed out palette of 2016 as a Super Deluxe Box Set reissue.

The atmosphere created by John Lydon, Jah Wobble, Keith Levene and Martin Atkins on Metal Box is one of tension. The bass and drums move the album forward with clock like accuracy; Lydon’s vocals and Levene’s guitar peer up ahead, shrieking at the realities set before them. A timeless record, so much so its contents are keep sealed off behind its metallic coating, only to be unearthed when the time deems it right.

PiL will open their 1979-time capsule and unleash the definitive sights and sounds of Metal Box upon O2 Institute Birmingham Friday 18th November

Words by Elliot Ryder
Photos courtesy of PiL & PiL Official


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