Public Image Ltd. Announces New Album & Tour

Public Image Ltd
Paul Heartfield

Public Image Ltd photographed in 2012.

“Buy now while stocks last,” leader John Lydon warns.

What does the world need now? According to John Lydon, a new Public Image Ltd. album and tour, that's what.  

Today (May 18), Lydon announced the arrival of What the World Needs Now…, PiL's 10th studio album. The record is due Sept. 4 and was completely self-funded by the post-punk band. 

What the World Needs Now… follows 2012's This Is PiL, which was the band's first new record in 17 years. The new album was recorded at Steve Winwood's Wincraft studio in 2014. 

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So far, no new music has been shared, though Lydon promises a track called "Double Trouble" will be released as a single on Aug. 21, along with two b-sides: "Bettie Page" and "Turkey Tits."  

The latter didn't make it to the final product, so rest assured you won't need to endure its title if you pick up What the World Needs Now... Here is the official track listing:

1. Double Trouble
2. Know Now
3. Bettie Page
4. C'est La Vie
5. Spice of Choice
6. The One
7. Big Blue Sky
8. Whole Life Time
9. I'm Not Satisfied
10. Corporate
11. Shoom

PiL also announced it will be touring the U.K. and the rest of Europe from Sept. 18 through Oct. 18. North American dates are forthcoming. 


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