Acid Drops / Lucks Up / Cruel / God / Covered / Love Hope / Unfairground
/ Think Tank / Emperor / Good Things
Re-issued (4/97) (1/12)
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. CDV 2681
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar - John McGeoch
Bass / Keyboards - Allan Dias
Drums - Curt "Kirbee" Bisquera (session)
Rhythm Guitar - Gregg "JP" Arreguin (session)
Harmonica - Jimmie Wood (session)
Horn Section - Tower of Power (session)
Backing Vocals - Bonnie Sheridan / Julie Christensen (session)
Standard CD issue. 8 page booklet featuring lyrics/info.
The 2012 re-issue is mastered from the 2011 Japanese re-issue.
Same tracks as LP version
tracks were newly written for the album. 'Acid Drops' features "No
Future" from the Sex Pistols 'GSTQ'. Apparently the sample
was originally included as a wind-up by producer Dave Jerden; but
John Lydon thought it fitted the anti-censorship song and decided
to keep it. Of course, this wasn't the first time PiL had done something
similar; listen carefully to Hymies Him from the 'Flowers
'God' was originally
titled 'QP33'. Various pre-release reviews stated 'QP33'. However,
on the official release the track was titled 'God'.
All tracks written by Lydon/Dias/McGeoch
Published by Rotten Music Ltd / Chrysalis Music Ltd © Virgin
'That What is Not' is PiL's last studio album; so far...
John's brother Martin
Lydon is given a credit for "programming assistance".
A PiL fan club is listed
on the inner sleeve. However, it seems it was only ever set up as
a fan mailing address. Hardly anyone who contacted it ever received
The anti-junkie track
'Luck's Up' was once described in a review as a "moving tribute
to Sid Vicious"!
Dave Jerden & PiL
Eldorado Recording Studios, LA
Cover Art: Armando Testa
Design: Melanie Nissen
That What is Not was the last of the PiL albums I did with John
McGeoch and Allan Dias. 'Acid Drops', another personal favourite,
is about hypocrites who try to control our lives with rules and
regulations. 'Think Tank' is me having a go back at all the people,
who all the time, re-write and misrepresent the events of my past.
Usually middle-class journalists who were never there at the time.
'Luck's Up' is about the hopelessness of junkies and druggies.
- John Lydon, 'Plastic Box' sleevenotes 1999
That What is Not
Magazine, March 1992