PUBLIC IMAGE, LTD.

PUBLIC IMAGE, cure LTD. (aka THE ELECTRIC DREAD AND STEEL LEG) – “STEEL LEG VS. ELECTRIC DREAD” EP (1978)

I’d been waiting a long time to hear this one, and unfortunately, it’s not as killer as I’d hoped for. Still, it’s better than Kings Of Leon, innit? From Fodderstompf.com, the PiL fan site:

EP featuring Jah Wobble and Keith Levene (as “Stratetime Keith”), along with Don Letts and Wobble’s mate Vince Bracken. One of the first PiL “umbrella” releases. Basically seen as a cash in at the time, but not without its merit in places; especially ‘Haile Unlikely’ with Don Letts on vocals.

It may seem an obvious thing to say, but this really is the missing link between “First Issue” & “Metal Box”. From the more “rocky” ‘Steel Leg’ through to the spacey dub of ‘Haile Unlikely’ & ‘Unlikely Pub’. Essential listening for PiL fans…

John Lydon has NO involvement with this project…

All instruments played by Levene and Jah Wobble.
Vocals on 1: Vince Bracken and Jah Wobble. Vocals on 3: Don Letts.

The EP was released on both 7″ & 12″ at the time but has since largely disappeared, it has never received a full CD release.

Myself, I’m more into Jah Wobble’s solo stuff, like his 1980 solo EP that I posted a while back –

Public Image, Ltd. – “Steel Leg vs. Electric Dread” EP (ZIP file)

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73 Responses to PUBLIC IMAGE, LTD.

  1. englishfog says:

    It’s very nice mate! track two could fit perfectly as regular track in Metal Box and three and four tracks are kind of “shiny” fast tempo versions of Metal Box.

  2. Mr Fab says:

    Ah, dude, thanks so much for this, been waiting ages to hear it.

  3. Mr Fab says:

    All I need now is the New Age Steppers album with Keith Levine and I think my collection is complete…