Public Image / Cowboy Song
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. VS 228
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar - Keith Levene
Bass - Jah Wobble
Drums - Jim Walker
Limited edition, 4 page PiL newspaper designed to be a parody of
reissued in plain green & red Virgin sleeve
This version is the same as the LP version. Only one mix of 'Public
Image' is known to exist.
The non-album track B-side
'Cowboy Song' never appeared on CD (in the UK) until it was included
on 'Plastic Box' in 1999.
Apparently the lyrics for the track were mostly written while John
was still in the Sex Pistols.
A promo video was shot
for the single. Directed by Peter Clifton.
Produced by 'Public Image Ltd'
Engineered by Bill Price / John Leckie
Advision Studios / Wessex Studios, London.
Concept: Dennis Morris & PiL
People wanted a bombastic Sex Pistols part two, and we went for
a very different approach. Much more rhythmic, and I think Keith
Levene's guitar work around that time was excellent, and stunningly
original - and is now bog standard (laughter).
- John Lydon, Volume 3 CD/Book 1992
The 'Cowboy Song'. One
decent track for the price of two. PiL were in effect mocking those
who were feeding us. Our
fans. I hated this sort of rubbish. Ironically, John had written
what sounded like an Irish ballad for the 'Cowboy Song'. We only
played it once with that wonderful lyric. The thing was I'd come
up with the idea for that song one morning. I was trying to rip
off the theme song for 'Bonanza'…
- Jim Walker, Fodderstompf 2001
14th October 1978