Following the demise of the much lauded, game changing punk-rock pioneers The Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten sought to undo some of the preconceptions his audience (and the wider public in general) may have had about him when choosing the configuration and direction of his new outfit PiL. No longer would he be known as Johnny Rotten reverting back to his birth name John Lydon and stripping back the inherently rock'n'roll traits of his current outfit, instead replacing them with elements of dub, dance, pop and folk to help usher in a new era of post-punk and new wave, genre styles that helped re-imagine punk rock as a flexible entity capable of more than just spit and vitriol. Along with bassist Jah Wobble, guitarist Keith Levene and drummer Jim Walker Lydon's outfit PiL issued their opening statement in the UK in 1978 (originally deemed to uncommercial 'First Issue' was robbed of an official US release) that not only helped refine the musical landscape, post punk rock invasion, but questions the very relationship between artist and consumer, attacking the british tabloid press and the like for their unjust take on Lydon's own public image as a member of the notorious Sex Pistols. 'First Issue' not only wipes the slate clean, it ushers in era of profound creativity for Lydon and his group which now spans well over 20 years and ten studio LP's.
Overseen, co-ordinated and approved by Lydon and his personal management the re-release of their classic 1978 debut 'First Issue' has been meticulously reproduced and naturally expanded upon. The 2-disc CD set includes and un-editing interview with our protagonist conducted in 1978 by the BBC radio plus a rare B-side 'The Cowboy Song' as well as sticker reproductions of the iconic PiL logo. The LP edition includes the interview, b-side and stickers plus a replica fold-out poster, tabloid adverts from the time of it's original release and the obligatory download code.