Public Image Ltd – This is (Epic #226)

The Epic 2017 Project #226: 170814

Public Image Ltd – This is (2012)

OK you lucky lot. Today you’re getting eight episodes of ‘Epic’ all on the same day; essentially because I’m away for a week with no possibility of updating blogs etc.

Fourth in line today is This is PiL, the ninth studio album by Public Image Ltd and their first studio album in 20 years, it was released on 28 May 2012 on band’s own label, PiL Official. A limited deluxe edition of the album was released with a live DVD entitled There is a PiL in Heaven.

Image Ltd returned in 2009, after a 17-year hiatus. John Lydon financed the reunion using money he earned doing a UK TV commercial for Country Life butter. He said “The money that I earned from that has now gone completely – lock stock and barrel – into reforming PiL”.

In November 2009, when asked if PiL would re-enter the studio to record new material Lydon said “Yes, if I raise the money from this [tour], I most definitely will.” The new line-up (consisting of Lydon, earlier members Bruce Smith and Lu Edmonds, plus multi-instrumentalist Scott Firth) began touring in December 2009.

On 1 July 2011, PiL entered Steve Winwood’s studio in the Cotswolds and began recording new material. Lydon said “it was the only place we could afford. It was this barn, in the middle of the Cotswolds, with nothing for inspiration but sheep – and I don’t like sheep particularly.”PiL left the studio in August and in September it was revealed that they had recently completed their new album.

In February 2012, it was officially announced that a 4 track EP entitled One Drop would be released for Record Store Day on 21 April and This Is PiL would be released on 28 May.

The rest is history.

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