'The Public Image Is Rotten'
This is not a love song to John Lydon's band/company/project – call it what you will, a rose by any other name smells as wonderfully rotten – though the songwriter's incredibly ambitious, musically experimental post-Sex Pistols group most certainly deserves one. Instead, actor-turned-documentarian Tabbert Fiiller doggedly charts the bad decisions, bad gigs, burnt bridges and burnt-out musicians left in PiL's wake, in addition to the highs of making incredible, often uncategorizable music and some legendary albums. (Seriously, have you listened to Second Edition lately?!) It feels like the closest fans will ever get to a complete-ish history of Public Image Ltd., as well as an insightful look at the artist at the center of it. To paraphrase the singer of another collective: You will not get the feeling you've been cheated. DF