If the idea of John Lydon‘s integral post-punk band Public Image Ltd competing for a spot in Eurovision on behalf of Ireland sounds strange, does it make any more sense that the song is about Hawaii? The former Sex Pistol and his bandmates will perform “Hawaii” live on Ireland’s The Late Late Show on Friday, February 3rd for a spot at Eurovision 2023 in London. The single marks the band’s first release since 2018.

“Hawaii” is one of the most personal pieces of music Lydon has ever released. The song reflects on the punk icon’s nearly five-decade marriage to his wife Nora who is living with Alzheimer’s. The patient, sentimental track reflects on one of their fondest memories together in Hawaii.

“It is dedicated to everyone going through tough times on the journey of life, with the person they care for the most,” Lydon said. “It’s also a message of hope that ultimately love conquers all.”

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A press release also teases that Public Image Ltd’s longest-tenured lineup of Lydon, guitarist Lu Edmonds, drummer Bruce Smith, and bassist Scott Firth will release a new album in 2023 with more details to follow. The yet-untitled release will mark the band’s first album since 2015’s What The World Needs Now and third since reuniting in 2009.

Stream the new Public Image Ltd single “Hawaii” and tune in here to The Late Late Show on February 3rd at 4:30 p.m. ET to watch the band compete to represent Ireland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Public Image Ltd – “Hawaii”