Bad Life / Question Mark
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. VS 675 12
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox - John Lydon
Drums - Martin Atkins
Guitar - Colin Woore (session)
Bass - Louis Bernardi (session)
Brass - Gary Barnackle (session)
Keyboards - Richard Cottle (session)
Issued as standard picture sleeve, and as a limited edition plain
black PiL logo embossed sleeve.
This 12" release features the normal 'This is What You Want...'
version of the track.
The non-album track B-side
'Question Mark' never appeared on CD until it was included on 'Plastic
Box' in 1999.
'Bad Life' is a re-recorded version of the 'Commercial Zone' track
(aka 'Mad Max') without Levene. The track was originally entitled
'Mad Max' after the bands apparent infatuation with the movie. Original
lyrics included the line: "The open road, I'm getting gasoline',
which is a reference to the movie's plot.
A promo video was shot
for the single.
Produced by John Lydon & Martin Atkins
Maison Rouge, London
Tracks like 'Bad Life' were very much Martin and me. The funny thing
about Martin is that he never really likes playing drums, which
means, when he plays them he kind of wants to get it over with,
and this produces this stunning kind of madness about his playing,
which I have always loved.
- John Lydon, 'Plastic Box' sleevenotes 1999