Anna Minard writes:
On Grant's advice, I have conducted research to determine who these people are and why he assigned me this album. I have discovered the following on Wikipedia: (1) PiL is "post-punk," meaning that since I listened to Suicide for my first column, I've now come from proto-punk to post-punk—I must be done! (Note: The Suicide album came out in 1977, and these guys started playing in 1978, so apparently punk lasted only about a year.) (2) This singer is John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, aka lead singer of the Sex Pistols—a really super-famous band I've totally heard of! (3) Lydon helped start rap rock in the '80s (you're welcome!). (4) You know who cites PiL as an influence? The Red Hot Chili Peppers, that's who.