Public Image Limited: PiL Official


Press Release:
September 4th 2015

**** - Mojo
**** – Q Magazine
**** – Sunday Express
**** – Mail on Sunday 

‘a record of disarming directness’ - 4/5 Mojo
‘a unique voice still raging’ - 4/5 Q Magazine
‘an impressive comeback… Lydon remains a devout pop modernist.’ – Uncut
'A still-vital John Lydon rages towards retirement on a saucy, scuzzy new album' - NME
 ‘Lydon remains at his most cogent and compelling when making music’ - 4/5 Mail on Sunday
‘the barrelling tumult of ‘Double Trouble’, the Bowie-esque grandeur of ‘Bettie Page’ and the Roxy Music-ish thrust of ‘Spice of Choice’ flaunt energised reserves of elevating, Davros-barking distinction.’ - Independent on Sunday 


PiL - What The World Needs Now..Public Image Ltd (PiL) will the release their 10th studio album ‘What The World Needs Now…’ on Friday (4th September). The 11-track album, which has garnered fantastic early acclaim, follows the huge critical success of 2012’s ‘This is PiL’, the band’s first album in 17 years. John Lydon will be signing copies at Rough Trade East on 9th September at 7pm. 

Album opener and lead single ‘Double Trouble’ sees the band launching into a statement of intent. Out now, and currently sitting at No.2 in the Vinyl Singles Chart and No.3 in the Physical Singles Chart, the 10” vinyl version will be backed by ‘Bettie Page’ and also come with additional non-album bonus track ‘Turkey Tits’.

Commenting on the new album, John Lydon says, “Buy now while stocks last.”

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PiL’s music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound, John Lydon guided the band from their debut album ‘First Issue’ in 1978 through to 1992’s ‘That What Is Not’. After a 17 year hiatus, Lydon reactivated PiL in 2009 by taking them back on the road worldwide.

Last year the band returned to Steve Winwood’s Wincraft studio in the Cotswolds’ to record the new album. Released on 4th September, ‘What The World Needs Now…’ precedes the start of their  23-date UK/Europe tour, which kicks off in Glasgow on 18th September and follows on from last year’s one-off sold-out show at London’s Indigo at the 02. The UK/Europe tour will be followed by North America dates. UK/Europe Dates below. See for ticket links.

‘What The World Needs Now…’ is self-funded by PiL and will be released on PiL’s own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution. The iTunes version of ‘What The World Needs Now...’ also includes the promo video for Double Trouble, plus the non-album 'Turkey Tits' as exclusive bonus tracks.

Public Image Ltd are:

John Lydon - After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978.  Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses and has recently released the autobiography 'Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored'.

Lu Edmonds - Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned, Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album 'Happy?' and co-writing the  album '9', adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound.

Bruce Smith - Drummer in The Pop Group and formerly of The Slits Bruce became percussionist for PiL in 1986 playing and recording on the albums 'Happy?' and '9'. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce brought his unique style into the fold. 

Scott Firth - A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn and Elvis Costello.


Double Trouble 10" vinyl single (released August 21st)
A-side: Double Trouble
B-side: Bettie Page / Turkey Tits


What The World Needs Now... album (released September 4th)
1. Double Trouble      
2. Know Now
3. Bettie Page
4. C’est La Vie
5. Spice of Choice
6. The One
7. Big Blue Sky
8. Whole Life Time
9. I’m Not Satisfied
10. Corporate
11. Shoom


The UK/Europe tour will be followed by North America dates. See for ALL ticket links.




Press Enquiries: (UK/Europe)
Wasted Youth
Alix Wenmouth


Press Enquiries: (USA)
Libby Coffey







Pre-order What The World Needs Now... CD / Double Vinyl LP via Cargo Records

'Double Trouble' released on 21st August 2015


'What The World Needs Now…' released on 4th September 2015


UK / Europe / North American Tours:
Starts September 18th 2015
See Shows for full dates and ticket links...


Press Enquiries: (UK/Europe)
Wasted Youth
Alix Wenmouth


Press Enquiries: (USA)
Libby Coffey


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