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Public Image: First Issue

Public Image Ltd.

1978

Public Image: First Issue

Album Summary

Public Image: First Issue is the debut studio album by English rock band Public Image Ltd, released in 1978 by record label Virgin. It is considered one of the pioneering records in the development of post-punk. In 1979, NME reported that a court in Malta had halted sales of the album because the lyrics of "Religion" offended public morals and decency. Upon its release, Public Image: First Issue received a 2- (out of 5) star review in Sounds. Reviewer Pete Silverton said that the single is the "Only wholly worthwhile track on the album." He dubbed the rest of the songs as "morbid directionless sounds with Rotten's poetry running just behind it." Nick Kent of NME was similarly negative, quipping that "unfortunately the 'image', public or otherwise, is a good deal less limited than many of the more practical factors involved in this venture." However, the album is now considered a groundbreaking post-punk classic. AllMusic critic Uncle Dave Lewis stated that the record "helped set the pace" for the post-punk genre, adding that it was "among a select few 1978 albums that had something lasting to say about the future of rock music." Pitchfork's Stuart Berman wrote, "First Issue's industrial-strength stompers anticipate the scabrous art-punk of the Jesus Lizard and Slint, while Levene's guitar curlicues on 'Public Image' are the stuff Daydream Nations are made of."Public Image: First Issue is, along with Metal Box, included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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2.41

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Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Post Punk
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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

“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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Fri Oct 02 2020
4

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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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

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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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

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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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

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

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

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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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

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

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Thu Jul 22 2021
1

“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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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

Garotte-wire guitar, dub-rumbling bass, frantic drumming and That Voice. Raw, bloody and wild. The good stuff, straight out of the vein.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

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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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

7.5/10 sube a 8

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

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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Sun Sep 12 2021
4

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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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Pretty chill and a lil Chaotic lol

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

This album is okay, I guess. The kind of music that sounds decent stone cold sober, but even better after a drink or two. It's as if the edgelords you knew in high school formed a band and actually turned out to be pretty good. Fave track: Religion II. Nice bass lines all the way through, solid drums. Worthwhile but I didn't adore any track.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
2

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

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Sun Jan 31 2021
1

Male

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Fri Mar 19 2021
1

Ooooh, edgy

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Fri Jun 18 2021
1

Geen zin in deze weltschermz.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
1

Wat een experimentele bagger. Kan hier echt helemaal niets mee

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Fri May 14 2021
1

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

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Mon Aug 23 2021
1

My hangover got even worse from this.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
1

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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Wed Jan 19 2022
1

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

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Fri Aug 05 2022
1

Juvenile.

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Thu Oct 22 2020
5

Public image Ltd are great

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

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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Wed Oct 06 2021
5

Fab! One of my favourite records!!

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Wed Jun 15 2022
5

Not sure what you'd call this style, but it's great. Similar vibe to punk, but more chill so that I can actually understand the lyrics.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

This is unpleasant, talentless and offensive. I love it. I can't say I like John Lydon but he has always been outspoken and this is fairly enjoyable if you like Pistols and Punk/New wave but i'm more interested in how unpopular this is to reviewers. It's from 1978 riding on the back of Punk so it's what I would expect it to be but the reviewers seem to want to compare it with serious music.

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Thu Oct 15 2020
4

Unusual, interesting, good, intriguing lyrics.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

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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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Às vezes gritado demais, mas som muito bom no geral

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

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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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

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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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

Fucking great album, super ahead of its time.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

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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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

Pretty abrasive. I liked this sound.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

Precursors to metal box. Angular new guitars.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

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

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

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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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

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

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

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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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

fanade

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

good early punk

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

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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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

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

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Theme / Public Image Ltd

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

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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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

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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Sun May 01 2022
4

...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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Sun May 08 2022
4

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

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Sun May 22 2022
4

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

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

Очень модно

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Metal Box and Flowers of Romans are both 5-stars. First Issue clearly has been influential, contains several 5-star tracks (PI, Low Life), and plays well at loud volume, but is rather uneven and has some boring moments like the spoken word part of Religion and the album closer, Fodderstomf (which I usually skip). 7/10 so 4/5stars.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

Never Mind the Pistols, here is PIL. Nice variance in music and with brilliant Jah Wobble.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

Fresh sounding punk, seems influential.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

If only John Lydon hadn't grown up to be such a disappointment. This album is light years away from what he did in the Pistols. Less Furious but no less angry.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

RIP KEITH Prefs: Theme, Annalisa, Public Image, Low Life, Fodderstompf Moins pref: Attack

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Mon May 31 2021
3

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

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

6/10 FT: Annalisa

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Cool. Recognized a couple of songs. Not bad

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

pretty interesting

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

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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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

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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Fri May 28 2021
3

solid post punk.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

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

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

Skipped. Surgery

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

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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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

-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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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

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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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

That interview tho.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

Good

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Mon Oct 11 2021
3

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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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

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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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

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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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Gaat alle kanten op.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

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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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

not really my thing surprisingly

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

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

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Sat Apr 02 2022
3

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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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

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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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Not bad post punk

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Wed May 11 2022
3

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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Fri May 13 2022
3

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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Thu May 19 2022
3

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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Thu May 26 2022
3

Svolítil læti, en líka svolítið skemmtilegt. Finn ekki þörf hjá mér til að skipta um plötu þótt ég myndi kannski ekki leita þetta uppi.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

It's good. More considered than the Pistols, but like anything with John Lydon, also a little hollow. Some good songs on here, and some dull stuff.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

I like this

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

PIL plays a music hard of swallow. This album is fundamental to understand the transition between punk and post punk eras. Kevin Levene's guitars are like knives. Lydon singing in a very particular way. Definetelly, album to listen before dying.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

On comprend sa place dans les 1001. Pas mon genre de punk mais devait clairement être bien influençant.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

Almost a 4. Some interesting, snarly punk with some good riffs. Was probably pretty unusual in its time

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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

Pretty good post punk vibes. Songs were all ok

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

PIL have always fascinated me, but I've never really been hooked.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Cool song “Religion” but the rest was okay.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Ça a commencé par 5 étoiles, puis Je trouvé ça répétitif, et à la fin j’étais juste lassée

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Given how much of an arse John Lydon has become as a public figure, it's a little difficult to assess the *very* experimental record that the first PiL album is on its own merits and flaws... But let's try. "Theme" is utter nonsense musically speaking, but it's quite an artistic statement as an opener. Gives you an inkling of that particular time when punks wondered where to go now that the "no future" mantra had shaken the world of music. Most people will turn their head away at first, but if you give it your full attention, the track has an uneasy-yet-hypnotic drive that can send you in quite an interesting mood. It's the conflict between the dub-inspired bassline and the pre-no wave sound of those meandering noisy guitars circling around you like vultures... "Religion I and II" is similar in a drier, less expansive way, so it's less effective. This is where artistic intent can't really hide the lazy writing. Post-punk has its own shortcomings sometimes, here exemplified by this track. "Annalisa" accelerates the pace to more recognizable shapes for the first time. Still lazy writing, but a nice energy here. "Public Image" is one of Pil's best songs. Closer to the Sex Pistols than everything Lydon has ever done on his own after the demise of his first band. Melodic and catchy, yet cold and menacing thanks to its drum sound. Lydon's voice does wonders on this one. "Low Life" is in the same vein. Nice chord changes on it. Oddly enough, this song could have been longer where other ones go on for a little too long. "Attack" is a more by-the-number punk cut in comparison. Yawn. "Fodderstompf" goes back to the nonsense mode that opened the album, but this time such nonsense is amped up to the max. The only good thing about this track is that it's quite impossible to describe. Give it a spin for yourself. Being totally obnoxious is the effect Lydon looked for here, and it's a complete success. Interestingly, PiL here opens a box with all sorts of trippy electronic toys inside it, but it's one they would use with far better results later on. End assessment: trimmed of half of its contents, *First Issue* would have made a fine E.P.. But as an LP, it doesn't stand the test of time. And there are a couple of later PiL albums that would have maybe deserved to be in this list, instead of this one... Number of albums left to review or just listen to: less than 800, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far  Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter (including this one)

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

I mean, it sure has a unique sound. Some good stuff in some of the songs. The interview was...interesting as well

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

Vaikka tämä on periaatteessa soundi-/tunnelmalevy, koen, että minulla on tälle tulevaisuudessakin käyttöä, vaikken olekaan ihan varma minkälaista.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

kuunnellessa hyvä, mut muistellessa mieleen ei palaa juuri muuta kuin hyvät kitarat ja tietynlainen ajattomuus. ja Anna-Lisan koukku

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Complicato, ma 'Public Image' mi piace.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Post-punk raruno. Ni fu ni fa.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Gets a 3 from the 3 middle tracks alone - the rest is generously characterized as "experimental". Very creative perhaps but a half-finished sketch of the much better Metal Box to follow

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

This must have been a seriously groundbreaking sound in 1978. At this point there were still 15 years or more of solid punk records to make but PiL were ready to move on. Lydon is so pissed off and I love it. “Theme” could be an unfinished Nirvana song. “Public Enemy” sounds a little like the Pixies. This album must have been a big post-rock influence of the alternative bands who would make it big decades later.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

This is soooo much better than their later albums. Lydon is still mad and has something to say. The band has purpose and wants to move music in a new direction. That said, it's not perfect, but it's trying.

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Mon Dec 05 2022
3

I'm not quite sure how an album can be so bizarre and yet so boring. Maybe I'm getting a bit jaded by several post punk albums coming up in close succession? Dunno. That slow beat and riff are pretty cool on Theme, but I think it could have been 5 minutes shorter; it really overstayed its welcome. The utterance of "Terminal boredom" at the end was quite appropriate. Some of the songs were pretty good but often just suffered the same fate by the end. Favourite: Annalisa

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

1978. Key Songs: Public Image, Annalisa

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

Not my thing

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

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

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Wed Jul 07 2021
2

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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Wed Jul 07 2021
2

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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Wed Jul 07 2021
2

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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Sun Mar 07 2021
2

Aggressively mid. 4/10

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

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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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

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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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

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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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

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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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

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

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Sun Apr 04 2021
2

early punkish rock

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

Vond vroeger PIL al lastig, onveranderd..

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

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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Mon Apr 05 2021
2

Punk schmuck. Pass the lemon jelly

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

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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Wed Jul 21 2021
2

Thus is hard work

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Mon May 31 2021
2

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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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

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

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Thu Jul 22 2021
2

Not really my style

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Wed Aug 11 2021
2

A few good moments, but kind of irritating overall.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
2

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

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

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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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

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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Mon Oct 11 2021
2

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

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Wed Oct 13 2021
2

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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Thu Oct 14 2021
2

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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Wed Oct 27 2021
2

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

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Sun Nov 21 2021
2

Probably scandalous in it’s time.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

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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Mon Dec 13 2021
2

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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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

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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Thu Dec 16 2021
2

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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Thu Dec 30 2021
2

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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Sun Jan 23 2022
2

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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Mon Jan 24 2022
2

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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Mon Feb 14 2022
2

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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Mon Feb 14 2022
2

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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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

literally cant remember it

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Thu Mar 03 2022
2

I just don't like punk rock.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
2

Ok.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
2

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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Thu Mar 24 2022
2

FT: Religion I Fodderstompf

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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

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

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Mon May 23 2022
2

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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Wed May 25 2022
2

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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Wed Jun 01 2022
2

Bland

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Fri Jun 24 2022
2

This was a ride. Really liked the opening tune a lot. But "Religion(s) I & II" felt so long that I'm pretty sure they're still being recorded. I kind of liked the spoken word take, but part two was *physically* hard to listen to. It was like watching some of Gaspar Noe's movies, where you feel fairly certain that the artist actively wants you to hate their art. The mix is just kind of unbearable, right? Intentionally so, I'm sure but still. In fact, I'm seeing now on the Wiki page for this record that Jah Wobble (best bassist name ever?) is quoted as saying he felt like the mix "tries a bit too hard." I'm with Wobble. Of course, the mix is only trying to keep up with the lyrics, which are - ironically - pretty damn preachy. But after those two and "Annalisa," (eh) I was right back on board with "Public Image" and "Low Life." Good stuff! And then right back out with the song where they scream like Monty Python old women for 25 minutes straight. Shit. Is. Wild. Anyway, if you want to put this all in context Google "John Lyon Masked Singer" and enjoy the rest of your weekend. And remember: I'm with Wobble.™

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Fri Jun 24 2022
2

This one had me for a little bit with 'Religion'. Love that cover and all the possibilities that lie therein. But this all felt pretty repetitive, not really taking me to a new and special place.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
2

Ahead of it's time record. Making some real noise in a post punk world.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
2

Meniks tää nyt kategoriaan punk? Jos meni, nii ihan liian pitkiä ökymöykkiä. En tykänny

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Fri Jul 29 2022
2

Olipahan taas pläjäys. Jotain ensimmäisiä proge-punkkeja? Ei toimi, ei toimi niin ei toimi.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
2

Like a not as interesting Throbbing Gristle.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
2

When you have a lot to say, you should say it in a way that makes people want to listen.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
2

um.. for the first time i thought what the hell is this? the sex pistols are bad enough this somehow made that worse? 2/5

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Fri Aug 19 2022
2

Adolescent cringe.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
2

I was ready to totally dismiss this as garbage but there are actually a few interesting musical things going on. But I can't say I actually enjoyed listening to it too much.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
2

The interview is very informative.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

This must’ve been when being an edge lord was cool. Experimental, not a terrible album. We only wanted to be loved. I’d give 2.5 stars, but since I can only choose whole numbers I’ll give it a 2.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

Interesting early post-punk. Vocals are a bit grating if I'm being honest but I enjoy the themes of the album.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

This was a bit dull, honestly. I liked a couple of tracks, but that wasn't enough to save the rest of the album.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
2

Spoken word poem, the exact same poem set to music, montone singing (if you can call it singing). Overall I did not enjoy this

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Thu Oct 20 2022
2

Some interesting Sex Pistols vibes in there, Johnny Rotten being equal to himself in terms of his singing. The album feels a bit all over the place though and lacks a direction. Im probably not going back to that one.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
2

Punk poco agradable

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Fri Nov 11 2022
2

Pretentieus, weinig aan

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Wed Nov 23 2022
2

It's very nice to know a little bit more about the post-punk movement, but it's a very strange and hard-to-follow album.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
2

The songs on this album are like miniature templates for countless albums made thereafter. Most of the group is on a great vibe and it's a shame (to me anyhow) that Johnny couldn't resist the urge to stand out from it all. 'Annalisa' and 'Public Image' are the two tracks where it sounds like everyone is working together in the same direction, and they show just how good it can be.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
2

Meh

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Fri Dec 02 2022
2

Post punk, lidt for mærkeligt

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Fri Dec 02 2022
2

Just a jumble of noise and yelling/screaming. Not a fan.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
1

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

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Fri Sep 11 2020
1

meh

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Fri Jan 22 2021
1

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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Wed Feb 03 2021
1

noise!

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Fri Feb 19 2021
1

Hard pass

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Thu Mar 04 2021
1

Punk oscuro y malo

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Thu Feb 18 2021
1

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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Wed Jun 02 2021
1

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

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Wed Jun 02 2021
1

Dreadful. 0/5 if I could

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Thu Mar 25 2021
1

Very bad music.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
1

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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Wed Mar 17 2021
1

Awful

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Wed Jun 16 2021
1

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

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Wed Jun 16 2021
1

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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Wed Jul 21 2021
1

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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Fri Jun 18 2021
1

Mostly noise and yelling

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Fri Jul 23 2021
1

Too weird for me

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Wed Jul 28 2021
1

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

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Wed Aug 25 2021
1

Not one moment did I like this

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Thu Sep 02 2021
1

Wow. This was beyond dreadful.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
1

chunia że ja pierdole

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Thu Sep 23 2021
1

Панк, который надоел.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
1

Poor man's Sex Pistols

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