Disc 1: Albatross / Memories / Swan Lake (Death Disco)
/ Poptones / Careering
Disc 2: Socialist / Graveyard ('Another' Inst) / The
Suit / Bad Baby / No Birds (Do Sing) / Chant / Radio 4
Re-issued on 180g vinyl in the USA on May 26th 2009 by 4 Men With Beards label.
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. VD 2512
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar/Synth - Keith Levene
Bass - Jah Wobble
Drums - Richard Dudanski / Martin Atkins / David Humphrey / Jah
Wobble / Keith Levene
track breakdown inc, studio info
Standard double album reissue of 'Metal Box'. Gatefold sleeve featuring
lyrics, but no track listings, along with distorted pictures of
Levene, Wobble & Lydon.
Same as 'Metal Box', except
'No Birds' & 'Socialist' have been swapped in the running order.
'Swan Lake' (aka 'Death
Disco') is a slightly different mix to the 7" with extra
synth at the very end.
'Memories' is also a
different mix to the single... 'No Birds' (aka 'No Birds Do Sing')
is the same version as the B-side of the 'Death Disco' 7".
'Graveyard' is an instrumental
version of 'Another' from the 'Memories' single.
Writing / Publishing:
All tracks Written by Public Image Ltd
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / EMI Virgin Music Ltd ©
1979 Virgin Records Ltd
in the US didn't want to release 'Metal Box' in the can format due
to cost. So it was decided to release the record as a standard double
album in the states. Virgin UK then decided to release the album
as a re-issue of the now sold-out 'Metal Box'.
When PiL appeared on
the 'Old Grey Whistle Test' to promote the album Lydon used the
rear sleeve as a lyric sheet.
Produced by 'Public Image Ltd'
Engineered by Nick Cook & Hugh Padgham
The Manor, Oxfordshire / Town House, London / Advision, London
We did the new cover and we wanted it to be a double album. We told
them that's how we wanted it done. It was our idea to be reflective
in those things and move them. Then they put me on the front (cover),
which was nice. It's this reflection. We were taking a picture of
a reflection. You move it some position and it's like being at the
fairground, with your face stretched. So the cover is just a composite
of my face. All the pictures there are like that. It's fucking cool
- Keith Levene, Perfect Sound Forever 2001
I was very shocked by
the reviews of 'Metal Box', of course I believe none of them. They
liked us for all the wrong reasons...
- John Lydon, Tomorrow Show 1980
Review (US), August 1980
24th November 1979 (Metal Box)
see the Fodderstompf 'Metal Box' page featuring extensive review
and additional info.