Paris au Printemps

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Paris au Printemps
PIL Paris au Printemps.jpg
Live album by
Released14 November 1980 (UK)
January 1981 (Japan)
RecordedLe Palace, Paris, France,
17–18 January 1980
ProducerPublic Image Ltd
Public Image Ltd chronology
Metal Box
Paris au Printemps
The Flowers of Romance
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[4]

Paris au Printemps is a live album recorded by Public Image Ltd (given as 'Image Publique S.A.' on the cover) in 1980 on two consecutive dates in January in Paris, and released in November the same year. The title of the album is French for 'Paris in the Spring', with French names also given to the band itself and songs in the track listing. It is notable as the band's last full-length release featuring founding bass player Jah Wobble, as well as the Paris concerts being drummer Martin Atkins' first gigs with Public Image Ltd. The album reached number 61 on the UK album charts.


John Lydon has stressed that the album was made and submitted to Virgin Records to cover the band's expenses for the Metal Box album. During a BBC radio interview in 1992 he said:

It has additionally been described as countering an abundance of "unlistenable" bootlegs of the band's live performances being released at the time. Lydon has elaborated that the album cost the band "exactly the price of one reel-to-reel tape to record", which they did on a Revox recorder, consequently receiving £30,000 from Virgin Records for it.[5][6] The same amount has been mentioned as the sum the band had previously invested into the release of the Metal Box album.


The front cover painting is by John Lydon and represents himself, Keith Levene and Jeannette Lee.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Thème"
  2. "Psalmodie" ("Chant")
  3. "Précipitamment" ("Careering")

Side two[edit]

  1. "Sale Bébé" ("Bad Baby")
  2. "La Vie Ignoble" ("Low Life")
  3. "Attaque" ("Attack")
  4. "Timbres De Pop" ("Poptones")




  • “Paris Au Printemps” briefly entered the UK Albums Chart, where it stayed for 2 weeks and reached #61 on 22 November 1980.[7]

Other countries[edit]

  • In the USA, the album was not released.
  • In New Zealand, “Paris Au Printemps” briefly entered the Top 50 Albums Chart, where it stayed for 2 weeks and reached #48 on 1 March 1981.[8]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau. "Robert Christgau: CG: Image Publique S.A." Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  3. ^ Goldman, Vivien (15 November 1980). "Paris au Printemps". NME. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  4. ^ Gilmore, Mikal (28 May 1981). Rolling Stone. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ a b BBC radio interview with John Lydon on 22 February 1992
  6. ^ a b Fodderstompf | PiL Discography | Paris Au Printemps LP
  7. ^ website
  8. ^ website