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Public Image Ltd.*The Flowers Of Romance

Label:Virgin – V 2189, Virgin – V2189
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Post-Punk, Experimental

Tracklist

A1Four Enclosed Walls4:44
A2Track 83:14
A3Phenagen2:38
A4Flowers Of Romance2:50
A5Under The House4:32
B1Hymie's Him3:18
B2Banging The Door4:49
B3Go Back3:46
B4Francis Massacre3:31
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—On sleeve & insert—
℗&© 1981 Virgin Records Ltd

Some copies contain an additional lyric insert.
Catalog number appears as: V2189
Spine: Public Image Ltd. · The Flowers of Romance   1981 Virgin Records Ltd V2189

—On center labels & disc—
Made in England
℗ 1981 Virgin Records Ltd
All titles Warner Bros Music Ltd/Virgin Music (Publ) Ltd except *Warner Bros Music Ltd/Virgin Music (Publ) Ltd/Cherry Red Music Ltd

A1, A5 & B2 are marked with a *
Catalog number appears as: V 2189

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): V 2189-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): V 2189-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched / stamped, variant 1): V2189-A1 TOWNHOUSE   ⋀   0
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched / stamped, variant 1): V2189-B3 TOWNHOUSE   ⋀   0
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched / stamped, variant 2): V2189-A2 TOWNHOUSE   ⋀   0
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched / stamped, variant 2): V2189-B3 TOWNHOUSE   ⋀   0
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched / stamped, variant 3): V2189-A1 TOWNHOUSE   ⋀   0
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched / stamped, variant 3): V2189-B2 TOWNHOUSE   ⋀   0
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched / stamped, variant 4): V2189-A2 TOWNHOUSE   ⋀   0
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched / stamped, variant 4): V2189-B2 TOWNHOUSE   ⋀   0

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Flowers Of Romance (LP, Album)Warner Bros. RecordsXBS 3536Canada1981
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The Flowers Of Romance (LP, Album)VirginV 2189Scandinavia1981
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The Flowers Of Romance (LP, Album, Los Angeles Pressing)Warner Bros. RecordsBSK 3536US1981
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The Flowers Of Romance (Cassette, Album)Warner Bros. RecordsM5 3536US1981
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The Flowers Of Romance (LP, Album)VirginS 203 410Netherlands1981

Reviews

goodtastecd's avatar
goodtastecd
Ever heard the adage, "a band can only be as good as it's drummer"?. Well this one is a genius. Let him steer the ship, and put John Lydon's voice and couragous vision on top, and you've got a unique, nighmarishly brilliant disc.
BiT1999's avatar
BiT1999
Imidiately in my TOP records of all time - 10 out of fat 10.
flowerbed's avatar
flowerbed
If I knew how to drive I'd love to blare this on my car stereo with my windows down just to prove a point.
amoeba26000's avatar
amoeba26000
According to Rate Your Music, the Disky pressing of the CD (VI 646422) was released in 2001.
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Riot_Nrrrd
I was at an event in Hollywood last night (Sept. 28 2018) with Martin Atkins commenting on his (forthcoming) book about his time in PiL. Nick Launay was there and he said the UK first pressings (5,000 copies I think he said?) do not have the "Thanks to Nick Launay for being a great engineer" text on the bottom middle edge of the back cover. Apparently all pressings outside the UK have the credit. There you go, trainspotters - how to find a UK first press.
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TimBucknall
I came across a reference to a promo cassette issued for the 1984/5 Australian tour, anyone know any more?
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ParchmentFarm
Named after Sid Vicious' group before he joined The Pistols. Fantastic release.
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Misannthorpe
PiL's finest hour or 31:24 if my math(s) is any good, and not a Wobble in sight! Levene and Atkins shine while Lydon does his best to try and spoil the proceedings (as usual!). Makes Metal Box sound like "pop" music. Probably the last proper PiL album much as I rate "Album" and the semi legendary "Commercial zone". Would be laughable if it weren't so sad that Lydon seems to think that he IS PiL. THIS IS PiL!
seika's avatar
seika
Moody, tribal, subversive music. A great piece of art.
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sonic-soul
Edited 9 years ago
Expertly, delightfully, exquisitely deranged pop music. The sound and the odd-ball patterns of the drums are very prominent in most of the "songs" and is very minimal and machine-like in nature, almost as if anticipating the wave of electro and hip-hop music produced with "real" drum machines. Guitar and bass, when present at all, are mostly ornamental in nature. Leaving most of the songs up to the drums and the characteristic Lydon vocals. A thoroughly successful and genuine exploration of the possibilities of pop music. He who dares wins.

Excellent musical company could be found in Einstürzende Neubauten's Kollaps album also from 1981 and the more delicate but evenly compelling B-2 Unit album by Riuichi Sakamoto from 1980. Pop music at its most adventurous.