Seattle (7" Edit) / The Suit (87 Remix) / Selfish Rubbish
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. VSC 988-12
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar - John McGeoch
Guitar / Misc - Lu Edmonds
Bass - Allan Dias
Drums - Bruce Smith
Plastic cassette case, with colour sleeve. This was PiL's first
ever cassette single; and now something of a rarity.
Same tracks as the 12" single. 'Seattle' is a slightly different
mix & edit of the album track.
The re-recording of 'The
Suit' by the 'new' PiL was intended for an album of re-recorded
PiL tracks entitled 'Renovations'. However, only 'The Suit' &
'Religion' were ever released, both as B-sides.
The non-album track B-side
'Selfish Rubbish' never appeared on CD (in the UK) until it was
included on 'Plastic Box' in 1999. The track is not recorded live:
This was the first release from the 'new' PiL. A line-up which would
last in various forms for another five years.
'Seattle' was written
on tour while the band were in Seattle, apparently inspired by how
boring the town was.
A promo video was shot
for the single. Directed by Nick Willing.
Gary Langan & PiL
Great Linford Studios, Milton Keynes, UK
Artwork: Eddie Monsoon
'Seattle' is unusual, in that we recorded it on tour, when we had
some days off. The days off were in Seattle. Clever huh?
- John Lydon, 'Plastic Box' sleevenotes 1999
A song like Seattle'
– which came from a couple of riffs that Bruce and Lu
Edmonds had – they brought it to me and I put a bass
line on it; sitting on a bed in a hotel room! It was a nice bouncy
groove, but it was nothing until John sang on that. Once
he added some vocals to it, I was flipped out! It just became amazing.
His voice is like another instrument, it's not just like having
- Allan Dias,