Theme / Religion I / Religion II / Annalisa / Public Image / Low
Life / Attack / Fodderstompf
Re-issued (5.88) (1/12)
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. CDV 2114
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar - Keith Levene
Bass - Jah Wobble
Drums - Jim Walker
CD re-issue of 'First Issue' LP. 4 page booklet featuring track
listing & artwork.
The 2012 re-issue is mastered from the 2011 Japanese re-issue.
Same tracks as LP version
Original pressings of the CD played the tracks in the wrong order:
using the LP track listing, Side 2 first; then Side 1 (eg: Public
Image-Fodderstompf, then Theme-Annalisa)
Writing / Publishing:
All tracks Written by Public Image Ltd
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / EMI Virgin Music Ltd ©
1978 Virgin Records Ltd
'First Issue' was one of the first PiL albums to be re-issued on
CD in 1986; along with 'Second Edition' & 'Live in Tokyo'.
When the LP sleeve was
designed back in 1978 PiL had only recorded 5 of the 7 tracks that
would appear on the album. 'Fodderstompf' & 'Low Life' were
included on the label but not the sleeve.
John Lydon wrote most
of the lyrics for 'Religion' & 'Public Image' while still in
the Sex Pistols.
Produced by 'Public Image Ltd'
Wessex, London / Advision, London / The Manor, Oxfordshire / Townhouse Studios
1 & 2, London / Gooseberry Studios, London
studio / engineer info etc*
Original Sleeve Design:
Photography: Dennis Morris
Concept: Terry Jones & Dennis Morris, PiL
The first Public Image album is an all time fave, its a Funhouse
album! Hard as nails, and a seriously, seriously industrial way
of mixing, everything sounds like sledgehammers!
- John Lydon, JohnLydon.Com 2005
People never knew if
we were serious or playing a joke on them. But we were serious.
In 'Fodderstompf' where Wobble says: "We are now trying
to finish the album with a minimum amount of effort which we are
now doing very suc-cess-ful-ly." It's what we were doing.
We had this thing were we only gave the record company exactly the
30 minutes prescribed in the contract because those bastards ripped
us off. Those guys played fucking hard ball.
- Keith Levene, Perfect Sound Forever 2001
'Low life' and 'Attack'
were meant to be properly made songs but recorded in a basement
dungeon of a demo track studio. No live drum sound everything done
on the cheap. Appalling result. 'Fodderstompf', the same sad sick
story. Not even a song just a wank. Ripping off our fans. It still
turns my stomach thinking about it…
- Jim Walker, Fodderstompf 2001
I was very hurt by the
reviews of the first album. The flak we took at the beginning was
unbelievable. A few people understood it, got it, but a lot of people
were seriously offended by it, because they wanted their regular
- Jah Wobble, Fodderstompf 1999
December 1978 (LP)