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See John Lydon Praise Bettie Page in New Public Image Ltd. Video

Track appears on post-punks’ recent ‘What the World Needs Now … ‘ LP

John Lydon considers Bettie Page, the sable-haired pinup model who was an early Playboy Playmate and stag-film star, a “pioneer.” “She had the courage to do something no one else was doing,” he told Rolling Stone earlier this year of why he recorded a song called “Bettie Page” on Public Image Ltd.‘s latest, What the World Needs Now … . “I admired what she was doing, so it’s a song of adoration.”

The post-punk group recently made a video for the tune, streaming above (via Spin), which mostly focuses on footage of him singing the tune, as well as a few shots of his band and some of him in the backseat of a taxi. Like the clip they made made earlier this year for “Double Trouble,” the video sports a home-shot quality.

Lydon told Rolling Stone this year that the tune began with a “crazy little pattern” guitarist Lu Edmonds had come up with. “He was just strumming on his acoustic guitar, and I was going, ‘Bettie Page, Bettie Page,'” Lydon says, adding some staccato punch to the model’s name. “Lu goes off into his internet and finds all these old Bettie Page videos and film things. There’s one in particular of her dancing around a pole and it was so awful but at the time got her into all manner of trouble. You know how wooden it was then, but she had the courage to do something no one else was doing. That’s why I sing, ‘Bettie Page, you can have my stage.’ People like her are the evolved corps. They take us to the next level.”

Now that the band has released the album, it is getting ready to hit the road. Public Image Ltd. will perform at New Orleans’ Voodoo Music festival on Halloween, and the group will tour North America through November 29th.

Public Image Ltd. Tour Dates:

October 31 – New Orleans, LA @ Public Image Ltd at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
November 1 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
November 3 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
November 5 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
November 6 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
November 7 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
November 10 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
November 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
November 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Altar Bar
November 14 – Montreal, QU @ La Tulipe
November 15 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
November 16 – New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
November 18 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
November 19 – Lincoln, NE @ Knickerbockers
November 20 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
November 22 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
November 23 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
November 25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
November 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
November 28 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
November 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

In This Article: John Lydon, Public Image Ltd.

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