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Public Image Ltd.*This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get

Genre:Rock
Style:New Wave
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Tracklist

Bad Life
This Is Not A Love Song
Solitaire
Tie Me To The Length Of That
The Pardon
Where Are You?
1981
The Order Of Death

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    Cover of This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get, 1984-07-06, VinylThis Is What You Want... This Is What You Get
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    Elektra – 9 60365-1, Elektra – 60365-1US1984US1984
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    Virgin – 206 297, Virgin – 206 297-620Europe1984Europe1984
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    Virgin – OVED 176UK1986UK1986
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    Cover of This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get, 1986-04-21, CDThis Is What You Want... This Is What You Get
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    Columbia – 33C38-7950, PIL – 33C38-7950Japan1986Japan1986
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    Virgin – CDV 2309, Virgin – 256 297-217UK1990UK1990
    Cover of This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get, 1991, CassetteThis Is What You Want... This Is What You Get
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    MG Records (2) – MG 1427Poland1991Poland1991

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    • Andrew_Lawson's avatar
      Andrew_Lawson
      The fan base wanted a subversion of Pop music, the record company wanted a pure Pop album. Lydon satisfied both desires and disappointed them too. Accept the art for what it is not what you want to be. Or as the title says: This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get.
      • WilJ1966's avatar
        WilJ1966
        This is not a love song, this is love overall... great songs, great rhythm
        • goodtastecd's avatar
          goodtastecd
          This was Johnny Rotten's first attempt at pop music with Public Image Ltd.. It yielded an alternative dance hit, but it was not a commercial success. Artistically, however, it absolutely was. I love this record. It still sounds cutting edge. And the new remaster sounds amazing.
          • grungenoir's avatar
            grungenoir
            This album has aged very well, unlike this review from '84:

            Dear John, the big kiss off:

            This is what you want? Carry On Picking The Carrion Part Umpteen? Starring Johnny Rotten as Little Miss Understood, the world’s most self-righteous schoolmarm, whose once shrivelling, presently shrivelled, wit has tightened to a contstipated bowel that slowly and painfully emits squeaky sarcasms only capable of raising tears in 11 year olds? Or the frightening faithful class creep Martin Applecheeks back in line?

            This is what you’re left with when you make a career of going against nature (only to be defeated by your own): a fixed scowl, a very limited public image indeed, intuition dried up, refinement beyond grasp, reduced by sloth to hiring studio morticians to cosmetise the corpse of a long dead idea, because you no longer care or have energy enough to be invigoratingly careless.

            Now bored with testing the world against your whims you blame it, anyone else but yourself-it can never be your fault, can it? - for your loss of interest, loss of words, loss of vision; for your very deafness… But surely even you can feel the cheapness of the horrortronics permeating this record with the stink of the stale and the secondhand. Sudden sax squalls and thunderous drum breaks are hardly the things to blow it away.

            For one whose chief pride has always been remaining true to yourself, I’m surprised your conscience so readily accepts your feeble reasoning. Just because you write a love song, there must be something wrong with the form? Obviously. And because your dwindling legion still stand by to watch the waning moon of your rotten talent, believing it will rise again, they must be thoroughly abused, thereby disabused of that sentimental notion? Naturally.

            With you on the last point, Johnboy, and will reluctantly admit you a piddling victory. Your idiot finger wagging rhythm ’n’ entropy, exemplified by the bicker banter of the title ‘This Is What You Want This Is What You Get’, is crass and mediocre enough to complete your self-willed, pointless martyrdom. Congratulations. You’ve earned our contempt. Here it comes:

            Wot a bloody stupid cackleshit asshole coyote lied-to done-in-good ’n’ rotten put-upon no-hope lumpenlard jackal knucklehead trickletalent pile of jokepuke you turned out to be. There ain’t enough copographers in the world to swallow your PiL in quantity enough to justify the cost any longer.

            Piss off.

            Biba Kopf, NME, 4th August 1984
            • popiggy's avatar
              popiggy
              This album was way ahead of it's time. It still holds up in 2020 and we did not want COVID
              • TimBucknall's avatar
                TimBucknall
                I want to thank the guy on the Jah Wobble yahoogroup who challenged my lazy assumption that Commercial Zone was better than "This is what you want". (sorry man forgot your name, but your words stayed with me)
                leaving aside the superior vocal performances on "This is what you want", this album is much more forward looking than the retro-isms of "Commercial zone"
                this mega hard, almost industrial funk sound was much more of the moment in 1984 close to what cutting edge bands like coil & fini-tribe were doing but more accesible

                as the years have gone by this stuff has grown in my estimation and "Commercial zone" has waned
                • chuckH2D's avatar
                  chuckH2D
                  White label promotional copies exist. Label and matrix are "ST-E-60365-1" - presumably the same as the commercial release. Promotional text stamped in gold on back cover with tracking number.

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