Jah Wobble Reimagines “Metal Box”

This November will mark the staggering 42 years – 21 years before the turn of the millennium and 21 after – since the release of “Metal Box”: PiL’s magnum opus that marked the apex of creative collaboration between John Lydon, Jah Wobble and Keith Levene, a post-punk classic whose songs such as “Death Disco” – renamed to “Swan Lake” for the album release – reverberate to this day. Which is why, perhaps, Wobble, now a highly influential producer and a master of a certain drum-and-bass recording technique, decided to revisit the platter and came up with “Metal Box – Rebuilt in Dub” that’s scheduled for the November 19th issue.

Metal Box – Rebuilt in Dub

It features Jah’s reworkings of eight of the LP’s tracks – basically three sides of the album’s second edition, the first being put out on three EPs – and, as bonus cuts, fresh re-recordings of two numbers from PiL’s debut. Looks like something worthy of delving in.

1. Albatross
2. Memories
3. Swan Lake
4. Poptones
5. Careering
6. Graveyard
7. The Suit
8. Socialist
bonus tracks:
9. Public Image
10. Fodderstompf

October 19, 2021

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