Warrior (7" Edit ) / USLS 1 (Mix) / Warrior (12" Extended
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. VSCD 1195
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar - John McGeoch
Bass - Allan Dias
Drums - Bruce Smith
3" disc, issued in cardboard sleeve.
The first version is an edited version of the album track. The 'extended
mix' is also on the 12" single, and 'USLS 1' is a non-album
Eric Thongren mix, with less guitar. The track is also featured
on the 7" & CD single.
'The Alamo' style guitar on the 'Extended Mix' was recorded by engineer
'USLS 1' was inspired by the fact John & Nora were booked onto
the doomed PanAM 103 flight from Heathrow to New York that exploded
over Lockerbie, Scotland in December 1988; killing nearly 300 people.
John & Nora only missed the flight as they were running late...
It would be several years after the tragedy before John revealed
what might have been...
The 12" extended mix featured samples from the Dustin Hoffman
film 'Little Big Man'.
Lu Edmonds, who had left
the band by the recording of '9', receives a co-credit on both tracks,
but does not play on them.
A promo video was shot
for the single. Directed by Mick Haggerty.
Steven Hague & PiL / Eric Thongren & PiL / Dave Dorell &
Comfort's Place / The Manor, UK
Mick Haggerty & PiL
'Warrior' came about from a chance meeting with Nellee Hooper, who
suggested I worked with Dave Dorrell on a remix. It was just me
trying to do something a bit different...
- John Lydon, 'Plastic Box' sleevenotes 1999