Cruel: CD Single


Cruel / Love Hope / Rise (Live) / Home (Live)

Release Date:

Label & Catalogue Number:
Virgin. VSCDG 1390

Running Time:
22:54 mins

Highest UK Chart Position:

Vox - John Lydon
Guitar - John McGeoch
Bass / Keyboards - Allan Dias
Drums - Curt "Kirbee" Bisquera (session)

Format Info:
Limited edition numbered digi-pack with "Wit and Wisdom of John Lydon" booklet featuring various John Lydon music press quotes; along with pix of Lydon, Dias & McGeoch.

Track Info:
'Cruel' & 'Love Hope' are the normal album versions lifted from 'That What is Not'. 'Rise' & 'Home' is a previously unreleased live version recorded at the New York, Ritz 16.7.89

The NY Ritz gig – where the two live tracks were recorded – was originally intended to be released as a live album. Although tracks appeared on the 'Cruel' releases (and on various other promos) the gig still remains unreleased in full by Virgin Records. Ted Chau & Bruce Smith also appear on the live tracks.

The front cover of the sleeve features a John Lydon painting of the 'new' PiL, similar in style to the 'Paris Au Printemps' sleeve of the original line-up.

A promo video was shot for the single. Directed by Julian West.


Dave Jerden & PiL

Eldorado Recording Studios, LA

Sleeve Design:
Sleeve paintings by John Lydon
Design: Hills Archer

Is it cruel not to want self-pity? And not to expect pity from others? I stand and fall by my own merits and works, and that's it. If that's very hard for some people to comprehend, and therefore they run to stupid words like cruel, well then that's the way it is. I take no prisoners, and I don't expect to be let off lightly either...
- John Lydon, BBC 'Rapido' 1992


Love Hope



Press Reviews:
Melody Maker, February 1992

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