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Public Image Ltd.: Full Metal Jacket – Metal Box

Kris Needs, Fact, January 2004

With the curtain closed on the Sex Pistols pantomime, in 1978 a still-searing John Lydon teamed up with Jah Wobble and Keith Levene to form PiL. A year later the band released Metal Box, tearing up the rulebook and turning musical convention inside out to produce one of the most influential records ever made. A gibbering Kris Needs was there.

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