Public Image Ltd.* ‎– Death Disco

Virgin ‎– VS 274, Virgin ‎– VS274
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single


Part 1
A Death Disco 4:11
Part 2
B No Birds Do Sing 4:37

Companies, etc.



Published by Warner Bros Music/Copyright Control
℗ 1979 Virgin Records Ltd
Made in England

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, Variant 1 & 3): VS-274 - A-I PORKY
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, Variant 1): VS.274.B.I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, Variant 2): VS 274 A.2 PORKY
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, Variant 2 & 3): VS.274.B.2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, both sides, stamped. Var. 3): ⋀

Other Versions (5 of 8) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
100 821 Public Image Ltd.* Death Disco(7", Single) Virgin 100 821 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
ZS-317 Public Image Limited Death Disco(7", Single) Wizard Records (5) ZS-317 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
2141 163 PiL* Death Disco(12", Single) Virgin 2141 163 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
VS 27412, VS27412 PiL* Death Disco(12", Single) Virgin, Virgin VS 27412, VS27412 UK 1979 Sell This Version
PiL TWIN 001 PiL* Death Disco(12", Single, Num) Virgin EMI Records PiL TWIN 001 Europe 2014 Sell This Version


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August 2, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
In our country, and maybe others too, "Death Disco" was misunderstood as an anti-disco song; Johnny Rotten's ultimate statement against disco. Maybe because one week after the record entered the UK chart, Disco Demolition Night was held in Chicago, USA...?
In reality, John Lydon was undergoing hard times, and punk did not give him any more inspiration. "With PiL, I wanted to do something different. But rock and punk was boring back in the days. The only music I really cared about was disco."

The idea of "Death Disco" arose after John saw his mother losing her fight against cancer. Her last wish: make a disco record for her funeral.
"And so, I was putting myself in her place. I pictured myself what it would be like to be possessed by an unstoppable force destined to ruin your body from the inside... from that point of view, we started to jam. We went on for some six, seven minutes... that's how the track was made."