Dust off the shoulder pads and launder the leg warmers: Two notorious but reasonably awesome 80s British bands – The Cult (“She Sells Sanctuary”) and Public Image Limited (“Rise,” “This Is Not a Love Song”) – are set to return with new albums next year.
Classic Rock Magazine confirms that producer Bob Rock will helm a new Cult record which the band will release through the Cooking Vinyl imprint in 2012. Keeners will note that Rock has produced three previous discs for Ian Astbury, Billy Duffy et al: 1989’s Sonic Temple, 1994’s self-titled disc and 2001’s Beyond Good and Evil.
The band has always been enormously (inexplicably?) huge in Canada, so this comes as good news for folks here. Assuming, of course, that the record doesn’t suck.
Meanwhile, former Sex Pistol John Lydon is set to resurrect PiL in 2012, releasing the first new material in over 20 years. Speaking to the BBC, Lydon says, “I was always full of ideas, but I had to wait until I had enough money to release an album. Everybody thinks I made such a fortune with the Sex Pistols. Well, unfortunately that is not true, to make this record we had to tour extensively for two years."
Lydon went on to say when PiL reunited in 2009 the band instantly knew they had to put out new material. He described the album as quite emotional (really?), with 12 songs about the ups and downs of the lives of four human beings.
The new record – which Lydon reveals will be inventively titled This is PiL – is due in early spring and will be followed by a UK and European tour. If you need to be reminded of how cool PiL was in their heyday, check out the video below.