This Is What You Want… This Is What You Get – Public Image Limited

One of the best cover versions I ever heard was in a Working Men’s Club. The track was This is Not a Love Song and it wasn’t too shabby. The vocalist had a bit of Lydon’s snarl, without sounding like an impression.
The worst song I have ever heard was a cover of Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon, again in a Working Men’s Club. It was ‘sung’ by a guy in his mid-60s with a Yorkshire accent, accompanied by an organ, bass and drums. Context is everything though, if they had appeared at the Edinburgh festival it would have been a hilarious, insightful deconstruction of modern pop, however in Witton Gilbert Working Men’s Club it was just shit.
I bought this album to hear the tracks from the album Keith Levine stole and pressed without consent (Commercial Zone), which is still unavailable. Bad Life is a great track, but the version of This is Not a Love Song is, well, let’s say, unfortunate. The Pardon and 1981 are good tracks, but sound like leftovers from The Flowers of Romance. The best track is easily Order of Death, which I suppose is the title track (only on a P.I.L album could this be a title track). I really don’t like this album much, and realised today why I never play it.

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