Public Image Ltd.* ‎– The Flowers Of Romance

Virgin ‎– V 2189, Virgin ‎– V2189
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Four Enclosed Walls 4:44
A2 Track 8 3:14
A3 Phenagen 2:38
A4 Flowers Of Romance 2:50
A5 Under The House 4:32
B1 Hymie's Him 3:18
B2 Banging The Door 4:49
B3 Go Back 3:46
B4 Francis Massacre 3:31

Companies, etc.



—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, etched (variant 1 & 3)): V2189-A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side-A, etched (variant 2 & 4)): V2189-A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side-B, etched (variant 1 & 2)): V2189-B3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side-B, etched (variant 3)): V2189 B3
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped, both sides (all variants)): TOWNHOUSE   ⋀   0
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): V 2189-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): V 2189-B
  • Barcode (SIde-B, etched (variant 4)): V2189-B2

Other Versions (5 of 57) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
203410 Public Image Limited The Flowers Of Romance(LP, Album) Virgin 203410 France 1981 Sell This Version
CDV 2189, 253 410-217 Public Image Ltd.* Flowers Of Romance(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2189, 253 410-217 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
TOCP-54560 Public Image Ltd.* The Flowers Of Romance(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin TOCP-54560 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
VI 646422 Public Image Ltd.* Flowers Of Romance(CD, Album, RE) Disky VI 646422 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
CDREAL0309559 Public Image Ltd.* Flowers Of Romance(CDr, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) The Theory Is Sound Project, CD-Real CDREAL0309559 Russia Unknown Sell This Version


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May 11, 2016

I came across a reference to a promo cassette issued for the 1984/5 Australian tour, anyone know any more?


June 27, 2015
Named after Sid Vicious' group before he joined The Pistols. Fantastic release.


May 1, 2015
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!


February 20, 2014

Moody, tribal, subversive music. A great piece of art.


May 3, 2013
edited over 5 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.