“Public Image” by Public Image Ltd.
(Words/Music: Johnny Lydon, Album: First Issue, Virgin Records 1978)
When the Sex Pistols inevitably broke up, after months of Malcolm McLaren’s neglect of their musical direction in favor of trying to get a film together, Johnny Rotten and he became embroiled in a very public battle over who was more important to the band. Basically, it was two egomaniacs in a pissing contest. In order to help prove his point, Rotten changed his name back to Lydon and formed another band, Public Image Ltd, and one of their first songs, “Public Image”, Johnny Lydon described as “a slagging of the group I used to be in.”
Two sides to every story
Somebody had to stop me
I’m not the same as when I began
I will not be treated as property
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