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Public Image: First Issue

Public Image Ltd.

1978

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Public Image: First Issue

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“Okay, okay, hear me out. What if we took the mediocrity of the Sex Pistols… but made it longer?” - John Lydon, probably

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Boy, John Lydon (formerly of Sex Pistols) wants you to work for this album. Track one is a 9-minute long, post-punk, noise-rock grind. Track two is a spoken word tirade against organized religion. Track three is that SAME tirade but put to music. It isn't until track four that it starts to feel like an actual album. This is often credited as the first true post-punk album and it really is that. Lydon takes the in-your-face, don't care about aesthetics approach of punk and the "I really have something to say about humanity/culture/you" ethos that he brought to Sex Pistols... but then strips out all of the nihilistic, anarchic, devil-may-care FUN of the genre. This really feels like Lydon's expression of discontent with the state of the scene and anger at the industry that supports music. Even with all that, I found it interesting and engaging as an album. Maybe that's because I actually really love punk so I can appreciate this album. Despite Lydon's rejection of punk, this album is still so very punk. Standout tracks are: "Public Image" for its strong ties to Sex Pistols and "Fodderstompf" for being the most experimental. Seriously, that track is WAY out there.

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The singer's gutteral vocals in certain songs would be really at home in early back metal or crust punk bands like Venom or Deviated Instinct...but sadly, they are over this boring music. Devoting an entire track to your very edgy anti-christianity spoken word poem (religion I) and following it up with literally the exact same poem set over a repetitive jam (religion II) is awful, and public image should feel bad about it. || Parts that were listenable when I dove into work and tried not to pay attention. I'm giving this a 2 because a 2 is more forgettable than a 1. I don't want to have to think about this trash again.

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This is an album for musicians, I can tell. It's also an album for pissed off people. Is this punk? If so, I might like punk! The instruments and vocals combine in absolutely punishing ways. First, they break down your religion, then trust in society, government, etc. The vocals are divine - visceral screams, howls, and shouts. It seems that he's actually railing against society here. Favorite songs are Fodderstompf, Theme, Religion I, and Attack. Low life is the worst song, but it's only because it is forgettable. My favorite point on the album is in fodderstompf when he says he is just doing this to get the album done in the easiest way to fulfill contractual obligations. God it is a smart song. Sarcastic, but a smart critique on the music industry.

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I really hated this, even more than Le Tigre. And honestly, looking back at my prior ratings, I think I'm supposed to have it like the bourgie scum I am. Surprising amount of preaching in post-punk, just preaching to a different choir.

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Over-rated post punk purveyor. Probably had to be there. Best Tracks: Annalisa, Public Image, Low Life

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Muy pank, pero ya menos crudo, más estilizado (¿por eso se llama post punk?). Es maravilloso lo que pasa muchas veces con los instrumentos, como que encuentran en distintas canciones y momentos una oportunidad para brillar. Todo cool, dan ganas de escuchar esto en vivo. "Theme" es un gran inicio y luego me gustaron mucho "Religion II", "Public Image" y esa maravilla chistosona "Fodderstompf" con su "We only wanted to be love" repetido demencialmente. John Lydon, mis respetos (?). 9/10

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7.5/10 sube a 8

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This is probably the perfect example of an anit-pop album. The songs here are just ugly, brash pieces that shouldn't have been pressed onto a record... however, it's done in a fashion which makes it impossible to look away from it, kinda like a slow moving car crash. It's basically the 70's version of Alice Cooper's debut Pretties for You (which originally inspired Johnny's musical styling in the first place) so it's quite a fitting comparrison.

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Pretty chill and a lil Chaotic lol

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Public image Ltd are great

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Me gustó bastante. Me puso de buen humor su sonido tropezado, se va cayendo por todos lados, pero es divertido. Creo que las que más me gustaron fueron Analisa y Religion con su intro. Mood: vomitando lyrics

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Fab! One of my favourite records!!

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Unusual, interesting, good, intriguing lyrics.

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Love the sex pistols and the clash and even though this is so different from them I love it nonetheless. It's rough like the former bands, but it also adds a whole different dimension to their sound through the strong melodic instrumental feel.

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Às vezes gritado demais, mas som muito bom no geral

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Ik was positief verrast door dit album! Sex Pistols heb ik helemaal niks mee, maar in deze band is het veel minder punk en veel meer rock. Op een paar wazige rommel-nummers na was het echt wel tof. Goede bassloopjes en gierende gitaren. Op een of andere manier viel dit voor mij helemaal goed 😁

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Stripped down punk, as Public Image Ltd really peel back all the pomp and circumstance, leaving only the anti-religious confessions and accusations of Johnny Rotten. Often times, his voice is used more as an attack instrument rather than a melodic one. Not my favourite art-punk/post-punk project, but definitely worth the listen (the drums alone are fantastic). Fav Tracks: Annalisa and Public Image Rating: 3.5/5

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Fucking great album, super ahead of its time.

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Reminds me a lot of early Swans with a bit more punk than no-wave! Still retains a lot of no-wave elements (see: that high-class piano solo in Religion II, the vocals on Fodderstompf) without explicitly being a part of the scene. This is made all the better by the fact that the no-wave movement would've been at it's genesis around this time, so PIL is at the cutting edge around this time. The punk elements are also a huge part of the sound, lending itself extremely well to the sneering sarcastic tone of the album. This is so great. More modern post-punk bands should aspire for this level of raw vitriol. And coming off of the less-than-stellar Sex Pistols, I applaud John Lydon (formerly Rotten) for making this move in the music scene. If only his contemporary political views didn't make him a FUCKING TRUMP SUPPORTER, THEN MAYBE HE'D ACTUALLY BE A COOL AND ADMIRABLE FIGURE IN THE MUSIC WORLD, YOU FUCKHEAD. LISTEN TO YOUR OWN GODDAMN MUSIC FOR ONCE.

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I've really found that I enjoy post-punk, and that remains true with this album. I think that PiL's work has aged better than that of the Sex Pistols, and there is certainly a lot more of it to appreciate. I like this album much better than Metal Box, which I got on this list a few months ago. 4/5

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Pretty abrasive. I liked this sound.

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Precursors to metal box. Angular new guitars.

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Bought this when it came out in 1978 - it's still great. Much better than anything the Sex Pistols did.

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La manera en què busquen la porta de sortida del punk. Podria haver acabat amb un bodri, però una de les grans virtuts de Lydon és saber envoltar-se d'una banda que porta les seves ambicions a un altre nivell, donant vida a un disc experimental però inspirador, tan transgressor com rellevant. No és una obra mestra, però s'apropa força

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unforgiving, tough, stripped down punk music. Very enjoyable for what it is.

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Though a lot of the creative decisions can probably be attributed to John Lydon wanting to troll the mainstream, the dub-influenced post-punk still shows strongly. The brighter tracks "Public Image" and "Low Life" are great too

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fanade

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good early punk

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I can understand why people would hate this album, but I think its fantastic. John Lydon really came into his own, and the songs (particularly in the first half) build on Punks foundation in an incredibly influential way (I mean, Theme almost has a shoegaze sound to it). The last couple of songs are kind of forgettable though.

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The first song is awesome. I know it's not for everyone.

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Theme / Public Image Ltd

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Mr Lydon, Mr Levene and Mr Wobble, TBH when I first heard Public Image Ltd I thought "What the Heck, Johnny has lost his Rock 'n' Roll roots and gone all arty farty" as I didn't see the subtle subversive nature of PIL. But then I was 19 and still in the thrall of the vibrancy of Punk. I now like "Public Image" "Religion" and "Low Life" but some of this is just taking the piss I think. Typical Johnny!

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Johnny Rotten lives! This one certainly isn't as well known as the SP's only LP. After all the aggravation getting the SP's album done this must have seemed like a cakewalk. I quite like it.

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...and post punk begins. John Lydon in all his irreverent, pissed off, indignant glory. And great songs to boot...Theme, Religion, Annalise, Public Image. A fine album that shows the way to the master piece to come (Metal Box). 4 🌟

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Interesting enough to keep me engaged the whole way through. Annalisa isy highlight.

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Awesome record. Not quite a 5 but it's a really, really strong 4. Just great post-punk.

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The good moments are great; there are just too few of them unfortunately.

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6/10 FT: Annalisa

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Cool. Recognized a couple of songs. Not bad

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pretty interesting

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not my favorite kind of punk album, but i rather enjoyed it. nothing was amazing to me, but a solid performace by Johnny Rotten.

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3.5 | Nunca supe mucho sobre la carrera de Johnny Rotten después de Sex Pistols. Sabía que hoy en día he escuchado sobre sus pinturas y algunas instalaciones audiovisuales, he visto entrevistas con él y sé que ahora siempre usa abrigos... sobre su música nunca me metí a conocer. No sabía ni el nombre de la banda pero inmediatamente cuando vi que el autor era John Lydon me dio curiosidad. Para nada lo que esperaba, aunque si se siente por ahí lo que arrastra de los Pistols el disco mucho más experimental y muchísimo más arriesgado quizá de lo que necesitaba en su momento para pegar y llamar la atención; eso se me hace muy respetable. Sobre la calidad, hay cosas que pegan bien y otras que no cuadran mucho. Todo el lado que se oye bastante avant garde agarrando punk y haciéndolo ruidoso agarrando esos pedazos como de Lou y Velvet combinando con la energía y acordes que traía de antes suena bien, esa primera canción deja una impresión buena (aunque quizá no para un público general como elección de apertura del disco). Por otro lado, no tengo absolutamente nada en contra de que metan piezas habladas, poemas y demás en un disco; lo que si no creo tiene caso es recitar un poema y luego dar el mismo poema con música (en Religion I y II), o sea mejor ahí sí sáltate la recitada no tiene caso perder el tiempo si solo lo vas a repetir. Annalisa y Public Image son como las canciones más digeribles o vendibles del disco creo que funcionan bastante decente. Low Life y Attack de manera personal no me agradaron tanto y se me hicieron un poco más repetitivas. Fodderstompf cierra de nuevo en tono experimental en lo que muchos dirán es ruido sin sentido pero para mí se me hace una mezcla interesante de ese ruido con las líneas de funk atrás; de nuevo haciendo algo más interesante y único. No todo el disco funciona pero sí tiene partes que valen mucho la pena en mi opinión. Quizá busque un poco más de Public Image a ver a qué evolucionó con el paso del tiempo.

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solid post punk.

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An album that charted the course of post-punk. "Theme" is fantastic. "Public Image" anticipates Sonic Youth.

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Skipped. Surgery

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Early post-punk record with a lot to say. Fierce, eclectic, anti-pop, I still found a lot of moments to enjoy. Favourite track: Public Image

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-Riff from "Theme" sounds sabbathy -I liked "Theme" the most -Singer reminds me of that dude Angus O'Reilly O'Patrick McGinney from "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow - Live" from You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 (Live) by Frank Zappa

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Has a few good songs. And the rest is interesting but not particularly enjoyable. I wonder what this John would have done with the Sex Pistols?

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That interview tho.

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Good

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Definitely raw and a bit too experimental at times. The religion pair and foderstompf are a bit out of left field, but are interesting. Annalisa and Public Image are strong.

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Rough start, but each track is better than the last. Was “Fodderstompf” intended to be a Monty Python sketch? Being generous with a 3. I liked (3) it today, but not sure I’d be more than indifferent (2) any other day.

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This is the album i've spent longest considering. What is it? Punk meets Richard Branson. Angry, noisy and a hard hard listen. You know it's an important album, and yet you need your ears to have a break.

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Gaat alle kanten op.

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With sombre monologues, Lydon touches the bottom of existential depression, wandering aimlessly in the grip of a "deadly boredom" for a universe that has reduced itself to a dark and deserted tunnel. (6/10) FT: Public Image, Fodderstompf

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not really my thing surprisingly

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Groovy opening and closer. Not a fan of the punk sound.

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It's not every day you invent a genre, especially only a year after taking punk to the mainstream. I had to drop it down to a 3 as some of the more extreme tracks get on my nerves. Their 2nd album is the classic

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Okay. Very political, which isn't always a bad thing, but if you don't like the message then it can get a bit irritating after a while...

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Not bad post punk

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genérico e pouco memorável. mas pode ser a minha antipatia pelo johnny rotten desde que ele virou um direitoso. sou mais os clash.

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J’avais déjà entendu le nom, mais je ne savais pas que c’était le groupe de Johnny Rotten après la dissolution des Sex Pistols. Les guitares sont vraiment intéressantes sur l’album. Par contre le mix avec son abus du panning qui bouge à certains moments est désagréable. Définitivement un album qui a influencé Nirvana, tellement que Radio Friendly Unit Shifter sur In Utero est basée dans la structure et les arrangements sur la pièce Annalisa qu’on retrouve sur cet album. Je vais sûrement revenir à cet album.

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Public Image: First Issue is a good…demo. Johnny Lydon can't figure out where he wants to take his new band. Are they still punk? Are they post-punk? New Wave? The over nine minute opening track even has some early Industrial flavors to it. Whatever this is, Lydon's screeching doesn't help. He's all over the place as punk icon, poet, and attempted crooner. Later releases from PiL are list-worthy, but my lord did Warner Brothers do the US a favor by not releasing this. If only the people that though this would be a worthy entry onto a list of albums you must hear before you die followed the same rationale. 3/5 for musicality. 1/5 for 'Must Listenability'

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1978. Key Songs: Public Image, Annalisa

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Not my thing and the singer sounds like Carl Weezer from Jimmy Neutron on some songs

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Not my thing

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I listened to about half, wasn't something I immediately said hey, this is good.

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De pronto me sonó como a banda de preparatorianos, fans de Daria y descubriendo que la iglesia es mala. Y luego haciendo un poema beatnik al respecto. Y luego musicalizándolo “muy transgresivo, muy fuerte”. No fue terrible pero no me parece que sea el mejor resultado que pudo tener la evolución del punk que querían lograr. Se pasa de repetitivo e incluso siendo corto, se siente cansado porque los coros son de unas pocas palabras repetidas ad nauseam. Para ser un disco de 1978, la última rola tiene un fondo musical sorprendente moderno.

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Es demasiado extravagante, tiene punk, post, funk Siento que está plano y en algunas rolas atascado, no me desagrada pero difícilmente lo vuelvo a poner Fodderstompf es algo interesante

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Entiendo la parte de experimentar y hacer anti-rock pero en realidad no me llama. Los gritos, los acordes disonantes, las cosas 'fuera de lugar' seguro fueron revolucionarios en su momento y les reconozco eso, pero no me despiertan nada al escucharlos. No soy su público objetivo y tienen algunas cosas interesantes pero nada que me vuele la cabeza. Songs: Annalisa, Public Image

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Very boring, the kind of stuff that did not age well

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Aggressively mid. 4/10

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I really didn’t get it, maybe i’m just not smart enough or i don’t have a deep enough understanding of the criticisms he’s making about society. Or maybe it’s just not good. Still not really sure.

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Woof. The first track coupled with most of the record are trying really hard to drag down to a 1. Religion 1, 2, and Fodderstompf successfully pull this up at to a 2. There are better Post Punk projects.

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Yeeeah Johnny Rotten is an asshole and he got us good by making us listen to this album. Really grating throughout, and you never really can warm up to Rotten's nihilistic sentiments. So hard to get through the "Religions," not because I'm religious but just because its so high school and pretentious to think we want to listen to that same terrible poem twice. The biggest disappointment for me was "Fodderstompf." It started out with such a cool groove that I thought they might actually have a banger on their hands. Then they absolutely phoned in those lyrics. "I just wanted to be loved" over and over again. Even singing "We only wanted to finish the album with the minimum amount of effort. Which we are now doing very successfully." If they actually tried on that song I feel like it could've been cool. The only decent track was, "Public Image," which was a solid punk song.

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After our group convo, every time a Post-punk album comes on I get a trainwreck like excitement. I know what I am about to witness is terrible but I cannot look away. Public Image is actually not bad and you can tell the people involved can put out pleasing music but choose not to

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Nah, het was niet echt een dag voor dat gezever!

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early punkish rock

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Vond vroeger PIL al lastig, onveranderd..

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Understand the influence but couldn't get into this - was not a fan of the first song and that kinda colored how I felt about the rest of the album.

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Punk schmuck. Pass the lemon jelly

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очень рад, что Роттен нашёл новый способ раздражать нормисов, но это на самом деле близко к неслушабельности. Видимо он забыл, что всем похуй на панк, который не звучит как попс.

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Thus is hard work

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cover art gives me the creeps! im sure thats intended. 40 mins long, nice. oh nice start. haha the screams. look i wont put up with 9 minutes of this. well i just did apparently. he really drove the point home and i get it! it be like that sometimes. didnt hate it cause i love repetition. god hes whiny though*. religion ii was marginally more accessible than religion i LOL but do your protest poetry you little punk. fuck the system! okay so demonic possession and such themes provide cool imagery its just organized religion that they have a problem with. i wish i knew someone called annalisa so i could send them this song lol. i wonder what ppl that checked the album because of the title track thought lol nothing really weird about it just a 3 min accessible as it gets mild rock song. all tracks expect the first three and last one were really samey. love the irony in me unironically loving the last track. doesnt make me like the other songs more but i appreciate their sense of humor. *can i just say, i love when male singers dont sound whiny, its so uncommon with all these rock albums.

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Some good music but as with most punk, I'm just not into getting yelled at.

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Not really my style

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A few good moments, but kind of irritating overall.

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Clearly a black midi influence which is interesting to see but not my thing

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Sounded pretty unique and cool when I started listening, my impression from the first song was almost 4 stars…..NOPE. It doesn’t get better. There seems to be no point to the chaos which just meanders and intensifies. Unique creative chaotic dissonance can be cool, I dig it when a band like Ween does this, but this album just falls flat. There seems to be no point to any of it, as it meanders and vamps on with boring bass lines and incessant nonsensical noise. 2 stars for being semi-unique in its time, but honestly wtf is this crap?

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johnny rotten is a bigoted, arrogant prick that can't even sing. the only track i enjoyed on the album was religion 1, but only because it has a message i agree with. rotten's voice is grating and all around bad compared to his work with the sex pistols, an era he's been trying to relive his entire life.

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Good classic punk, but sadly not something that I listen to much anymore.

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Some good some not so good. Liked the guitar playing. First song could have been cut down to about :45 seconds. 2.5

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This is different. Like a darker Nirvana maybe. Repetitive though and grading at times - especially this barbaric howl from the singer. Super emo - just "wish I could die, blah blah." Religion was solid - I wish these ideas permeated society better. Not a song, but a scathing perfect criticism of religion and how it's been perverted and leveraged to push hypocritical societal and cultural agendas. Annalisa is more of a song. The punk comes through with the solid drums, and primal screams. Decent track.

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Some nice grooves here and there, but they're too camouflaged by noise

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Probably scandalous in it’s time.

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Reading the wiki, this is one of the foundational albums for the post-punk movement/sound. As it turns out, it's not very pleasing to my sensibilities, especially the Religion I and Religion II tracks. The others are better, but if I compare this album to yesterday's, it's definitely lower. 2 stars.

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Punk is dead. And John Lyndon wanted to resurrect it as a slightly different entity: post-punk. And surprise! It still sucks. The opener, "Theme" is awesome though, despite it's length. Carrying the I-hate-society-slash-myself theme from punk, it has a deep, dark metal sound. The closer "Fodderstomf" has a interesting sound, but 1 minute of whining mouse vocals is enough. the rest is still punkish, or should I say, pukish.

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I like the Sex Pistols, I like PIL, but this album... I didn't know it even existed... hard one to enjoy. Maybe after I listen a few more times... 2/5

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The instruments used sound good but also sound the same through out the album. The singer sorta of just sounds he’s yelling lyrics instead of actually singing it; he sounds a bit angry but I guess that is what they were going for.

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First album that i had not heard of. Very odd. Didn't like the style, felt more like spoken word than music. Wouldn't go back to listen again.

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El comienzo me ha atrapado, aunque todos los bits de THIS IS RELIGION (x10000) me sacaron un poco. Empiezo a creer que a estos tipos no les hace mucha gracia la religión organizada. Los puntos fuertes son el bajo muy presente en todo el disco y lo que puede que fueran innovaciones técnicas para la época. De alguna forma y sin ninguna base lógica pienso que si hubiese tenido mi edad ahora en el 78 esto me fliparia. Pero ahora es bastante ruidoso y loco, punk anti sistema del de toda la vida. La última canción es, en términos tecnicomusicales, una puta fumada. ¿Lo disfruté? No mucho. ¿Me resultó interesante? Un poco.

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Ironically this album is very preachy. Very in your face with its message, which I guess is an attribute of punk music, but personally, I like a little subtlety. At least the instrumentals are cool (if not repetitive). Favorite song: Low Life

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Oh boy, Johnny cleaned up real good for the album cover didn’t he. I’m not quite sure what message he’s trying to send, but there’s a message there for sure. Punk is dead perhaps? And the music is all Anti capitalism anti religion perhaps. It’s good that he moved away into post punk though because the Pistols burned out pretty fast. He explores some interesting tropes here but they’re not quite fully fleshed out. Interesting album but not my cuppa

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The first track and the last track are arduous and punishing to listen to and the rest of the album is mostly filler. Religion is juvenile and obvious, like Johnny was still being guided by Malcolm. The only standout is the title track. My takeaway is that Steve Jones made a huge contribution to the musicality of The Sex Pistols and without him they would have sounded, well, like this.

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literally cant remember it

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I just don't like punk rock.

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Ok.

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Ehhh..... the first half sucked. Second half was better. But I guess they were trying to make a point that was lost on me. Maybe it made sense in 1978 but in 2022 it makes none. 1.5/5.

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FT: Religion I Fodderstompf

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Much of this album just feels monotonous. It’s very boring, simply put. 3/10.

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Weird, but not in a good way. If you're going to put your super-earnest protest poem on two consecutive tracks, maybe let somebody spruce it up so it doesn't sound like an eighth-grader with a failing grade in ELAR wrote it. Best track: Public Image

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Maybe this was ahead of its time, but it feels tired and pointless today. The songs are too long and just not that interesting. If you said this pointed the way toward industrial music, would that be a feature or a bug? His later records would suggest that, born in another era, Lydon could’ve been a Borscht Belt comedian or vaudeville ventriloquist, such a poseur is he.

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I can fast forward through any song and wherever I stop sounds exactly the same as where I started.

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meh

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I feel like a grandmother saying this but it's just a whole lot of noise. No melody. No THANKS couldn't even get through the first song. Maybe some other time.

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noise!

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Hard pass

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Punk oscuro y malo

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Male

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I understand that late 70s punk rock was just as much about making a political statement as well as an artistic one, and that blurring the line between music and noise was an intentional way of expressing emotion, however it's quite possible that this is the worst album I've heard on this list so far. A substantial portion of this 40-minute album is made up of discordant and over-distorted guitar behind what can barely be described as singing. At some points, the lead vocalist will simply scream as hard as they can into the microphone without any rythym or melody to the point that just listening to this man damage his vocal chords became physically discomforting. The drums were solid throughout and the bassist was pretty much the sole reason this album had any semblance of a melody at all. The last track is particularly annoying. The vocalist just makes noises and adlibs high-pitched voices over a simple disco beat for nearly 8 minutes. It should be said that "Religion I" was an enjoyable spoken word interlude and "Low Life" was a decent tune. Other than that, I am genuinely surprised that I listened to this whole album and wish that I could somehow get those 40 minutes of my life back.

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“Public Image: First Issue” by Public Image. Ltd. (1978) Kid atheists are so cute. I just want to kneel down, give them a hug, and tell them to go play outdoors, but don’t run in the street. They’re so sweet at that age. Actually, “atheist” is not quite the right term for these fellows, since it’s not THEIR belief or non-belief at issue here, but rather it’s the belief or non-belief of OTHERS that they’re singing about. And that’s a different matter. They’ve graduated from thoughtful consideration of metaphysical commitments to evangelistic iconoclasm (“Religion I” and “Religion II”). They could have learned a lot from John Lennon’s “God” on the album “Plastic Ono Band” (1970). They like to stand outside the Church throwing spit wads at stained glass because they see hypocrisy, blindness, avarice, absurdity, and (one could add) ephebophilia. Well, boys, you should see what it looks like from the INSIDE. Your critique would become more intelligent. Their self-proclaimed “Theme” is summarized: I wish I could die I wish I could die I wish I could die I just died Terminal boredom You see, they’ve traded their illusions for a nullity. These mental rug rats have grown ‘up’ to go beyond Sex Pistols (lyricist John Lyndon) to semiautomatic Nerf Knockoffs. It’s like watching reruns of Scooby-Do. John Lyndon characterizes his antagonists (and this album is all about antagonism) as egomaniacal anarchist bourgeois morons with shit for brains (his terms, not mine). These enemies are subject to his “Attack”. But his weapons are so weeny. I almost don’t care who wins. John, spend some time in the totalitarian universe of your antireligious compatriots and get back to me. We’ll talk. 1/5

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Jesus christ Jon Lydon is a fucking weapon. 1/5

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Dreadful. 0/5 if I could

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Ooooh, edgy

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Very bad music.

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Geen zin in deze weltschermz.

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Wat een experimentele bagger. Kan hier echt helemaal niets mee

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Religion I Cutting Edge: Public Image Overall Notes: I don't get post punk. This sounds horrible. It's telling that the one song I saved is a spoken word version of another song on the album. I wanted to like this because I like "Rise" from one of their later albums (after they had already "sold out"), but this was a miserable listening experience. Musically important and the music matches with the rage and anger they're expressing, but this is still miserable. Upon relistenings there were redeeming qualities to the song "Public Image". Still a 1.

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Awful

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параша. берешь какофонию неслушабельную и кричишь сто раз название трека вот тебе и альбом

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Чувствуется, что для своего времени это действительно прорыв. Эксперименты со звуком, композиционным построением, вокальными партиями... Всё это, по сути, нам подарило целый новый глубокий жанр - пост-панк. И этот альбом до сих пор является его достойным представителем. Да нет, конечно, рофлю, это - кал неслушабельный, с одной нормальной песней "Public Image", которая, впрочем, не вытягивает альбом даже на двойку. Мусор.

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Other than the eponymous track, complete rubbish. If he hadn't been who he was, this would never have got published. Whining adolescent drivel. So bad it makes me cross.

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Mostly noise and yelling

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Awful, terrible spoken word political punk, would prefer to give it 0 stars!

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Too weird for me

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Did not enjoy.... lots of noise and illegible vocals, but in a horrible way.

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My hangover got even worse from this.

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Not one moment did I like this

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Wow. This was beyond dreadful.

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chunia że ja pierdole

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Панк, который надоел.

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God, what a dreadful 39 minutes. I struggle to imagine the band listening back to this in the studio and saying "we nailed it boys". Also, how the instrumentalists in the band didn't want to punch Lydon's smug little face after hearing the shit he lays down here. What a fuckwit.

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Poor man's Sex Pistols

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Didn’t like it. Experimental 70’s punk with interesting lyrics, but nothing to captivate me. Vocals are awful, dissonant chords hard to listen to.

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Not a fan

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Hated it. Shows Lydon up for the talent-free 14 year-old esque poet and agitator that he is.

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Doesn’t respect your time

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Wow!!! I thought some of the past offerings by the sex pistols was bad, this has taken dirge to a whole new level. It’s absolute rubbish, I’ve heard white noise that has more appeal than this. I suppose that you have to listen to the really bad music to appreciate the mediocre and to love the good. I’m only giving this a one start because I have to award it something, if I could I would have given it a zero

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Hated this. Just not for me.

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I don’t get it

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I don’t like the album

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This one is a turd of that just won't flush. The first track is almost unbearable. It's 8 minutes of a slightly changing bass line the guy made up about 10 minutes before recording while what I assume is a 1 handed guitar player switching between strumming and slapping. While all this is taking place john lydon is screaming lines he's reading off the wall in a middle school bathroom. Track 2 is a spoken word poem so angsty he had to put it to music in track 3. From then on its hit or miss until fodderstompf. This is weapons grade terrible. Only track I've ever skipped while doing this whole project. Sounds like a couple of stoned friends dicking around on someone else's gear.

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Cover art 3/5. He looks respectable

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