35 years on from the celebrated post-punk album Metal Box, Public Image Limited founding member, Keith Levene, has announced the upcoming release of the hotly anticipated Commercial Zone 2014, on 23 November. Described as PiL’s “lost fourth album”, the record is set to make a small storm as Levene turns fans’ attention back to the unique band structure he helped create, and ultimately denied himself from enjoying past 1983 when he quit over a series of personal and creative differences with co-members.
Earlier this year when Levene began an Indiegogo Crowd funding page to take on what he described as a “job that has to be done”, it was anyone’s guess whether or not 30 years would have diluted enthusiasm for this ambitious musical experiment. The money (if money has a place in the post-punk world) says not: Levene cut through his $12,500 target like a knife through John Lydon’s Country Life commercials, and quickly amassed just shy of $24,000: enough to make the man personally paint every glimmering disk off the press – which he is doing is doing by hand in a series of numbered limited editions.
The re-release of Commercial Zone has promised to embrace “the original & proper PiL ethos” in a way that Levene clearly feels the previous two versions did not: every last nook and cranny of the Indiegogo page is crammed full of promises to “make it happen!” or settle “unfinished business”. And if the accompanying video plea looks like Uncle Keith’s been trapped in a storage room with acid flashbacks for the last three decades, one can’t deny this intriguing project will be compulsory listening for all.