Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The Lost PiL Album?

Note that this album contains lots "rewrites" of early PiL material, supposedly much to the derision of Levene and Lydon...

Jah Wobble (John Wardle) was a close friend and confidant of John Lydon when he was still Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols were on the fast road to hell in a handbasket. When the singer ankled the group in 1978, he, Wobble and ex-Clash guitarist Keith Levene formed Public Image Limited, where the budding bassist first noodled with his trademark — a dub-influenced murky brand of languid low-end madness that he has perfected, but barely altered, in the two decades since.

Wobble stayed with PiL for nearly three years, departing after the band's tour in support of 1979's Metal Box (aka Second Edition). He then spent half a decade producing uneven solo records and collaborations with the likes of Can alumni Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit, U2 guitarist the Edge, and Gary Clail and the stable of On-U Sound artists.

Wobble's anti-musical playfulness on The Legend Lives On is matched only by his horrid vocals. But then again, that's the appeal: the return to the DIY, no-rules punk tradition. Wobble accentuates his reggae pretensions, fiddles with electronics and overdubbing and plays shadowy, threatening bass. If nothing else, Wobble has major anti-style.

The Legend Lives on...Jah Wobble in Betrayal

Jah Wobble biography (and more!)


At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its interesting to hear him talk about his beliefs, he offers a lot of spiritual insight and an infamous reputation to boot! Quite the little enigma!

(identification code (below) for this was ryttn)!?

At 3:06 PM, Anonymous stu said...

cheers for this, his version of Blueberry Hill on this is fun and groovy

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Lucky said...

gosh - i think you could drop nearly every pil for this one (in my opinion, of course!).

thanks for upping such wonderful candies!

cheers, lucky!

ps: i've listened to your clara rockmore album, and although i found this lost album rather boring, i adore her 'art of the theremin' album. i just posted it, in case you haven't heard it, what i doubt! ;)

At 12:40 AM, Anonymous jd45 said...

Thanks for this post.
Interesting work.

At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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