Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Public Image Limited - Metal Box (1979)
Always loved Jah Wobble's bass playing in PiL as well, and this is very much an album to crank up the low frequencies for. Holding much of the responsibility for Metal Box's krautrock and dub influences, the former John Wardle famously started playing without access to an amp, so would press the body of the bass guitar against a bedstead to get some rudimentary amplification and play as hard as he could - and it shows. And John Lydon... never better on this album, letting his Peter Hammill influences show and feeling freed by the non-linear, atonal song structures to just wail at full tilt, railing against society and exorcising the pain of his mother's death. One of the most unique 'rock' albums ever made. Play loud.
Tennis on Tuesday, sipping champagne, football on Sunday, home on the train