Side 1: Theme / Psalmodie (Chant) / Precipitamment (Careering)
Side 2: Sale Bebe (Bad Baby) / La Vie Ignoble (Low Life)
/ Attaque (Attack) / Timbres De Pop (Poptones)
Label & Catalogue
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
Single LP, with blue PiL logo sticker on sleeve. All cover artwork
is translated to French. Hence, the PiL sticker.
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
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 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
15th November 1980