Listen: John Lydon's first new Public Image Ltd song in 20 years

A bed-headed John Lydon on stage with PiL in Atlantic City, NJ, 2010. © Scott Weiner ./Retna Ltd./Corbis

The bouncing, dub-ska One Drop, Public Image Ltd's first new song in 20 years, debuted today on the Steve Lamacq afternoon show BBC's 6 Music today. You can listen to the track, which includes the DJ's intro and outro, below.

One Drop signals something of a full-fledged reactivation of PiL by John Lydon. The song will be released on a vinyl four-song EP for Record Store Day on 21 April, and a full album, This Is PiL, will follow in May or June.

Currently, Public Image Ltd consists of Lydon, Bruce Smith (drums), Lu Edwards (guitar) and Scott Firth (bass, various instruments).


Joe Bosso is a musician and journalist from New Jersey, USA. He is ex-Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine and ex-Vice President of A&R at Island Records