Paris au Printemps
|Paris au Printemps|
|Live album by Public Image Ltd|
|Released||14 November 1980 (UK)
January 1981 (Japan)
|Recorded||Le Palace, Paris, France,
17–18 January 1980
|Producer||Public Image Ltd|
|Public Image Ltd chronology|
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.
|“||We had to do that to finance the making of Metal Box. Because money was very, very tight. I did explain that in every interview I ever did. Don't buy this live record, because it's not very good.||”|
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. The same amount has been mentioned as the sum the band had previously invested into the release of the Metal Box album.
- "Psalmodie" ("Chant")
- "Précipitamment" ("Careering")
- "Sale Bébé" ("Bad Baby")
- "La Vie Ignoble" ("Low Life")
- "Attaque" ("Attack")
- "Timbres De Pop" ("Poptones")
- John Lydon – vocals, sleeve paintings
- Keith Levene – guitar, synthesiser
- Jah Wobble – bass
- Martin Atkins – drums
- “Paris Au Printemps” briefly entered the UK Albums Chart, where it stayed for 2 weeks and reached #61 on 22 November 1980.
- 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.
- Allmusic review
- Robert Christgau. "Robert Christgau: CG: Image Publique S.A.". Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- Goldman, Vivien (15 November 1980). "Paris au Printemps". NME. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
- Gilmore, Mikal (28 May 1981). Rolling Stone. Missing or empty
- BBC radio interview with John Lydon on 22 February 1992
- Fodderstompf | PiL Discography | Paris Au Printemps LP
- Theofficialcharts.com website
- Charts.org.nz website