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Public Image Ltd. Revere the Iconic ‘Bettie Page’ in New Video

During the post-war uptick of suburban family values and poodle-skirt wholesomeness, there was also pin-up icon Bettie Page — a figure John Lydon and post-punk pioneers Public Image Ltd. pay homage to in their new single and video.

“Remember when you were all the rage?” cries Lydon in the band’s latest cut from their latest record, What the World Needs Now…, while, perhaps ironically, labeling America “the greatest pornographic country in the world!” Even if her home country never learned to appreciate the “brave” Page with the same unabashed vigor, the late glamour girl certainly has a fan in Lydon, who asserts over a slinky mid-tempo beat that she can “take my stage.”

Watch Public Image Ltd. honor Bettie Page below in their lo-fi clip (which comes directed and filmed by Lydon’s longtime manager John Rambo Stevens), check out the band’s North American tour dates, and re-read SPIN‘s recent interview with Lydon.

Public Image Ltd. North American 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-SOLD-OUT
November 28 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
November 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre