Listen to Public Image Ltd’s ‘The Order of Death’ from Mr. Robot — This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get

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Post-punk band Public Image Ltd.’s ‘The Order Of Death‘ was featured on Mr. Robot last week — Season 2, Episode 9, “eps2.7_init5.fve“.

You heard it when we saw the montage of Elliot sentenced to 18 months in prison, and as he is being introduced to the prison warden.

The Order of Death‘ is from Public Image Ltd.’s album This Is What You Want…This Is What You Get.

The track was released in 1984, and is a song that has been given a lot of exposure on film and TV since, appearing in The Blair Witch Project, Miami Vice and now on Mr. Robot.

Its title is a reference to the 1983 cult classic movie Copkiller starring Harvey Keitel and John Lydon (aka Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten). A movie that was also known as Order of Death.

And what is interesting about this track to me is it is nothing more than industrial sounding music with the title of the album used as lyrics “This is what you want, this is what you get“, and said over and over and over again.

Listen to PIL’s ‘The Order Of Death‘ below.

It may be simple, but it is still pretty mesmerizing and addictive.


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