Side 1: Annalisa / Religion
Side 2: Low Life / Solitaire / Flowers of Romance
Side 3: This is Not a Love Song / Death Disco
Side 4: Bad Life / Banging The Door / Under The House
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. VGD 3508
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar - Joseph Guida
Bass - Louie Bernardi
Keyboards - Tom Zvoncheck
Drums - Martin Atkins
2 x 12", with colour poster (inc lyrics). Issued in single sleeve.
All tracks recorded live at Tokyo, Nakano Sun Plaza, Japan between
1st & 2nd of July 1983. The 1st July show was also released as a
All tracks Written by Public Image Ltd
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / Copyright Control / EMI
Virgin Music Ltd & Secret Music © 1983 Virgin Records Ltd
With Keith Levene & Pete Jones' departure, PiL found themselves
without a band for the upcoming Japanese tour. As a panic measure
musicians were hired from auditions by Bob Miller and Martin Atkins.
The line-up of Louis Bernardi (bass), Joseph Guida (guitar) &
Tommy Zvoncheck (keyboards) – often dubbed the "Cabaret
Band" – had no real experience outside the New Jersey
bar scene. Atkins is so concerned with the new band's image he persuades
them to wear cabaret suits!
The band encored the
tour with 'Anarchy in the UK' but it is not included on the album.
'Live in Tokyo' was one
of the first digital live albums ever recorded (if not the first).
The gigs were recorded on a Mitsubishi X-800 32ch tape recorder.
At the time there were only three in existence and the cutting edge
of musical technology.
Produced by 'Public Image Ltd'
Engineered by Bob Miller
Recorded live by Tamco Recording Mobil
Mixed at Nippon Columbia Studios, Japan
A.D. Grafik Design
I did say in interviews at the time, "Don't buy it!" 'Live
in Tokyo' was made because we were promised such and such amount
of dollars if we'd let them record with their brand-new Mitsubishi
digital recording unit. So, yes, I took the money, because I needed
- John Lydon, Q Magazine 1992
Pete Jones bailed around
the same time as Keith Levene, so PiL ended up just me and John.
Three weeks away from a Japanese tour. We had a period of panic
because we had these shows that we were committed to doing. With
Bob Miller we auditioned a bunch of guys, bass players, guitarists,
keyboard players. It turned out, much later, that the three guys
Bob suggested were old friends of his...
- Martin Atkins, Fodderstompf 2001
Flowers of Romance
This is What You Want...
Mirror, October 1983