“FACE THE STORM. Anything is possible,” says John Lydon in this month’s issue of MOJO magazine, discussing the shift that occurred as the Sex Pistols split and Lydon launched Public Image Ltd in 1978.
“Face the storm. Anything is possible”
As, lyric-wise, the singer exchanged the political (the Establishment-bashing God Save The Queen) for the personal (Death Disco, a song written about the impending death of his mother), PiL moved on from the Pistols’ three-chord thrash into broader, more complex musical zones.
PiL’s great leap was seized upon by other acts looking to challenge the increasing codification of punk, a process that resulted in the 20 revolutionary recordings that follow, encapsulating a period when the 7-inch single was still the weapon of choice and anything seemed musically possible.
We invite you to uncover this trove of angular sound and human emotion. And then, why not read about each of these world-changing tracks in the new issue of MOJO magazine, featuring eyewitness accounts from the frontline of the post-punk wars courtesy of Lydon, Siouxsie And The Banshees and Throbbing Gristle and a brilliant essay by MOJO regular and punk sage Jon Savage.