“Give me a row right now,” John Lydon sings on Public Image Ltd.‘s new single, “Double Trouble,” which in reality was sparked by an argument he had with his wife over fixing a toilet. The track, which will appear on the post-punk group’s upcoming new album What the World Needs Now…, finds the former Sex Pistol in rare form as his bandmates settle into a funky, bass-heavy groove while he escalates his rant to singing that he wants “trouble, trouble, trouble on the double, double, double… and in the meantime, we’ll get a bucket.” The track will be available on a 10-inch late next month.
The singer told Rolling Stone in June that the inspiration for the tune came when his wife asked him to fix a toilet, since he had previously done so. “That was my fatal mistake,” he said. “It was presumed from there on in that I would repair it every single time, every toilet I came in sight of…. I’m not Johnny Perfecto in the toilet department. I know how to break them.” (For the record, Mrs. Lydon has laughed off the song. The singer said she loves it because “it’s beautifully played and hilariously sung.”)
The 11-track album, which comes out on September 4th, features the same lineup of musicians as 2012’s This Is PiL. As with the previous album, Lydon – who recently penned a new memoir – painted the cover himself. The sleeve sports a Hopi Kachina clown doll, and Lydon told Rolling Stone its significance was “antireligious” in nature. “In lieu of how everybody’s ever so eager to departmentalize themselves and kill each other because of their differences, how I see the world is vastly different,” he explained. “Our differences are what make us so complete, not the other way around.”