Although Johnny Lydon’s earlier work with the Sex Pistols was centered around lashing out at political strife and economical unrest in late 1970′s England, his work with PIL (Public Image Limited) helped to elevate him from braggadocios street poet to avant garde music visionary. PIL was originally constructed after the fall and eventual public evaporation of the Sex Pistols. Lydon’s early work with PIL, most notably First Issue released in 1978, was seen as a way of Lydon speaking out against his relationship with former Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren. PIL’s second effort released in 1979 called Metal Box, is widely regarded as their best effort and is also viewed as an influential and critically acclaimed record in the 1977 Post-Punk era. The use of synth throughout the record and incredible percussion work combined with Lydon’s off center vocal style made it hard for rock fans to take in and it confused critics. In retrospect, this album has stood the test of time, and PIL has become a pillar of both respect and longevity in a market that usually sees bands fade with time. Originally, Post-Punk and New Wave t-shirts were available exclusively at live shows, but with the popularity of the sub-genre in the early 1980′s, music shops started carrying them along with mail order catalogs. In any event, distribution of Punk clothing during the early days was very limited, thus creating a demand in the current market place. It is our great pleasure to have this PIL t-shirt in stock. Although this tee does not document an actual tour or album cover, the graphical style would date this tee somewhere in between 1984 to 1986. PIL might be well passed their prime now, but in their heyday they bum rushed the stage and brought out a new era of music to the masses with a style all their own.