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Flowers of Romance (song)

"Flowers of Romance" is a song by Public Image Ltd. It reached number twenty four on the UK Singles Chart. The 12" extended version of the song is actually two songs counted as one track: the single version of the song followed by an instrumental version of it.

"Flowers of Romance"
PiL Flowers of Romance single.jpg
Single by Public Image Ltd
from the album The Flowers of Romance
B-side"Home Is Where the Heart Is"
Released27 March 1981 (UK)
LabelVirgin VS 397
Songwriter(s)John Lydon and Keith Levene
Public Image Ltd singles chronology
"Flowers of Romance"
"This Is Not a Love Song"

"Listening to that again reminded me of coming out of jail [after being arrested for alleged assault in 1980]," John Lydon told Select in 1990. "That's when I recorded it. I left Dublin and went straight into the studio for two weeks solid: slept there, did everything myself, practically. No band; couldn't find Keith; more of less had to engineer the bloody thing myself cos the engineer there ran out going, 'That's impossible – you can't do that!' I did it. That particular song, I timed how long it would take me to turn the tape on, run into the studio and turn it all off. I had to rehearse that about 20 bloody times before I got it right!"[1]

Writing in 2002, writer Garry Mulholland described the song as "the strangest chart record of the last 25 years, maybe ever."[2]

NME ranked it the 41st best single of the year.[3]

Track listingEdit

7" vinyl
  1. "Flowers of Romance" – 2:50
  2. "Home Is Where the Heart Is" – 7:33
12" vinyl
  1. "Flowers of Romance (Extended Version)" - 5:40
  2. "Home Is Where the Heart Is" – 7:33

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1981) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 24


  1. ^ Select, December 1990
  2. ^ Lester, Paul (11 July 2008). "What's the weirdest chart hit of all time?". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Acclaimed Music". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Flowers of Romance". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 September 2014.