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MERE PSEUD BLOG ED.

6.15.2006

Public Image Ltd - Poptones

Trawling YouTube has reintroduced me to this song. Taken from the Old Grey Whistle Test, this performance is about half the length of the album cut and yet somehow has considerably gained hypnotic power. The way Rotten draws out his words is less shrill, but there's some synergy between the players that really beguiles -- it's not punk, it's not prog, it's not pop or jazz, so what is it? Today we know the answer is, regrettably, "post-punk," but the inventiveness and, dare I say, magic of music like this really belies the dull utility of that term.

On the Beeb, and along the same lines:

Public Image Ltd. - Poptones (BBC version)

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