Paris Au Printemps LP (Paris in the Spring)


Side 1: Theme / Psalmodie (Chant) / Precipitamment (Careering)
Side 2: Sale Bebe (Bad Baby) / La Vie Ignoble (Low Life) / Attaque (Attack) / Timbres De Pop (Poptones)

Release Date:

Label & Catalogue Number:
Virgin. V 2183
Mid-Price Reissue: OVED 50, (3/84)

Highest UK Chart Position:

Vox - John Lydon
Guitar/Synth - Keith Levene
Bass - Jah Wobble
Drums - Martin Atkins

Format Info:
Single LP, with blue PiL logo sticker on sleeve. All cover artwork is translated to French. Hence, the PiL sticker.

Track Info:
All tracks recorded live at Paris, The Palace, France on 17th & 18th of January 1980.
17th: Careering / Chant / Poptones / Attack
18th: Low Life / Bad Baby / Theme

Publishing Info:
All tracks Written by Public Image Ltd
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / EMI Virgin Music Ltd © 1980 Virgin Records Ltd

The sleeve features an abstract John Lydon painting of himself, Levene & Lee.

Apart from the obvious cash incentive of releasing a live album, part of the reason for the album was as an anti-bootlegging exercise. Almost every gig the band played had been released as a bootleg LP.

'Attack' from the album had previously been released on a Virgin sampler LP called 'Cash Cows' (Virgin. MILK 1).

These gigs were Martin Atkins live debut with PiL.

The mid 80's vinyl re-issue (Oved 50) mistakenly credits 'Theme' to (PiL/Dudanski).


Produced / Engineered by 'Public Image Ltd'

Recorded live from the gig mixing desk.
Mixed at the Town House, London.

Sleeve Design:
Sleeve paintings by John Lydon

'Paris In The Spring' cost us exactly the price of one reel-to-reel tape to record. I just brought my Revox over to Paris and bunged it into the desk and that was it. We got - wonderfully - 30,000 out of Virgin for that - and they were furious. They found out what I'd done and went, 'You're just wasting our money!' But then they sent us into a studio and asked us to at least make an attempt at mixing it. Didn't bother. We just sat round all day in the studio playing cards and Space Invaders. Record companies are so stupid...
- John Lydon, Q Magazine 1992

Metal Box
First Issue

Press Reviews:
NME, 15th November 1980

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