Sessions for \”Metal Box\”, arguably PIL\’s finest moment, were reportedly as shambolic as those for its predecessor; and with drummer, Jim Walker electing to do just that, the scene was set for a succession of revolving part-timers.
Jah Wobble allegedly exacerbated tensions by setting one auditioning party on fire. Literally. Not as a result of incendiary improvisation.
An inferno raged through an eighteen storey block of flats late last night here in the Gorbals, killing one tenant and seriously injuring several others. The flames spread from veranda to veranda, eating up the cosmetic refit. The entire block was evacuated in the early hours, one of my son\’s classmates included. It seems unlikely they will be permitted to return to their homes in time for Christmas. Chip pans are best avoided in multi storey buildings. Drunks and pensioners should refrain from deep fat frying. Jah Waddell. Court in session.
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▼ PUBLIC IMAGE LTD: GRAVEYARD from \”Metal Box\” 3 x 12\” (Virgin) 1979 (UK)