Side 1: Theme / Religion I / Religion II / Annalisa
Side 2: Public Image / Low Life / Attack / Fodderstompf
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. V 2114
Mid-Price Reissue: OVED 160 (4/86)
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar - Keith Levene
Bass - Jah Wobble
Drums - Jim Walker
Single LP, with colour inner sleeve featuring pix. Designed to imitate
a glossy magazine. Hence, 'First Issue'.
The album was later re-issued
without the inner sleeve, with green/red Virgin labels, and then
grey Virgin labels.
The sleeve credits state,
"Public Image would like to thank absolutely nobody".
'Public Image' is the same mix as the single version. All other
tracks were newly written for the album.
Writing / Publishing:
All tracks Written by Public Image Ltd
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / EMI Virgin Music Ltd ©
1978 Virgin Records Ltd
When the sleeve was designed 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*
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