The Public Image Ltd. reunion tour—which is less of a reunion, and more of a new band backing singer John Lydon—may be funded by butter, but that’s not stopping them from working on new material. The tour had to rely on crucial funding to get it under way, and so will any recordings by the band.
“Yes, if I raise the money from this, I most definitely will [record new PiL material],” Lydon told BBC 6music. “But what you’ve got to understand is that every single time we recorded we only had one take, no money.” This off-the-cuff way of working was crucial to the early PiL sound.
“The Jam would pull out of Goldhawk Road [after recording in Townhouse Studios]”, he said. “They’re writing their new hit wonderful album because they have lots of record company backing. We knew they’d left so we’d run in, quickly record it, and that’s Metal Box for you. That’s basically the John Lydon approach to music – wham, bam, thank you ma’am.”