The Flowers Of Romance
Label: Rhino/Warner Records
The core duo of John Lydon and Keith Levene brought in drummer Martin Atkins, whose tribal pounding defines Flowers. Back in 1981 record execs dubbed this "the least commercial album of all time," but the LP has held up well; the feeling of unease and dread in songs such as the title track, "Banging the Door" and "Go Back" is still very much in vogue. Fun historical fact: P.I.L. were fascinated with the Peter Gabriel cut "Intruder" (with Phil Collins pounding the skins), and Collins subsequently hired this album's engineer for his solo debut.