Plastic Box is a compilationbox set by the post-punk band Public Image Ltd released in 1999 as a limited edition, but re-released for a standard release on 14 December 2009. It comprises four discs covering the band's activity from their debut in 1978 until their hiatus beginning in 1992.
The album title Plastic Box is a reference to the band's album Metal Box. Both Plastic Box and Metal Box are named simply after the type of packaging; Plastic Box was released in a standard 4CD fatbox case. The album was probably going to be titled differently as the original idea was for the album to be released in a metal box, but the Virgin Records budget was not big enough. The album cover is similar to the band's 1986 album, the title of which originally depended on the format, the most popular title being Album.
Metal Box is represented with 10 of its 12 tracks, four of them are in different versions, three of these in a BBC John Peel session and the remaining track, "Swan Lake", in the form of its 12" remix as "Death Disco". The "Death Disco" B-sides "No Birds Do Sing" and "1/2 Mix"/"Megga Mix" are also included along with "Memories" B-side "Another".
The Flowers of Romance is represented in its entirety, with the single version of "Flowers of Romance". Also included is "Flowers of Romance" B-side "Home Is Where the Heart Is" and rarity "Pied Piper".
Album is represented with 6 of its 7 tracks, with only "Bags" excluded.
Happy? is represented with 3 of its 8 tracks: "Seattle", "Angry" and the US 12" mix of "The Body". Also included is "Seattle" B-side "Selfish Rubbish".
9 is represented with 4 of its 10 tracks, with a UK 12" Remix version of "Warrior". "Don't Ask Me", a standalone single from 1990 released to promote The Greatest Hits, So Far, is also included along with "Criminal" from the Point Break soundtrack.