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John Lydon on World Cafe | June 28, 2012

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Though John Lydon remains best known as Johnny Rotten, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, his music career didn't end with the pioneering punk act's split in 1978. Lydon formed Public Image Ltd shortly thereafter and dropped his adopted stage name. Widely considered the first post-punk band, PiL experiments with a wide palette of sounds, including dub, rock and disco. The band made its debut with 1978's First Issue and released albums through 1992; in 1993, PiL took a formal hiatus, but re-formed in 2009 for a tour.

In May of this year, Lydon released This Is PiL, the group's first studio album in two decades. On today's World Cafe, Lydon explains the origin of his band's curious name and describes how its internal dynamic sets it apart from The Sex Pistols. ("I've been in the music business 30 years," Lydon says. "I've never been in a band where I've truly enjoyed the company of my fellow members quite like this.") He explains that he's stayed in music out of love, and that he funneled all his proceeds from a butter commercial into re-launching PiL. Lydon also shares his views on the music industry, delights in the decline of traditional record companies. (link)

Playlist

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HOUR 1

Yeasayer "Henrietta" Fragrant World
Neil Young "My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" Live Rust
Sex Pistols "Anarchy in the UK" Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
((John Lydon "One Drop" This is PiL))
Public Image Ltd "Deeper Water" This is PiL
Public Image Ltd "Lollipop Opera" This is PiL
Public Image Ltd "One Drop" This is PiL
((John Lydon "Lollipop Opera" This is PiL))
Alejandro Escovedo "Man of the World" Big Station
Heartless Bastards "Parted Ways" Arrow
Father John Misty "I'm Writing a Novel" Fear Fun
Arcade Fire "No Cars Go" Neon Bible
((The Slip "Children of December" Eisenhower))

HOUR 2

XTC "Senses Working Overtime" English Settlement
Modest Mouse "Dashboard" We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
King Tuff "Bad Thing" King Tuff
Aztec Camera "Oblivious" High Land, Hard Rain
The Shins "It's Only Life" Port of Morrow
((Astor Piazzola "Three Minutes With the Truth" Piazzola Classics - Tango Sensations))
Carlos Gardel "El Dia Que Me Quieres" The Best of Carlos Gardel
Gotan Project "Diferente" Lunatico
((Bajofondo "Pulmon" Mar Dulce))
Rufus Wainwright "Out of the Game" Out of the Game
The Postal Service "Such Great Heights" Give Up
Fiona Apple "Every Single Night" The Idler Wheel...
Tegan & Sara "Back in Your Head" The Con
The Weakerthans "Civil Twilight" Reunion Tour
((Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit "The Last Song I Will Write" Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit))