Standard Version: The Body / Religion (87 Remix) / Angry
Remix Version: The Body (UK Remix) / The Body (US Remix)
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. VST 1010
Virgin. VSR 1010
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar - John McGeoch
Guitar / Various - Lu Edmonds
Bass - Allan Dias
Drums - Bruce Smith
Issued as a standard picture sleeve, and as a limited edition remix
12"; with a different coloured sleeve.
The standard issue 12" features the normal 'Happy?' version
of 'The Body'. However, the remix 12" features two new mixes
of the track. The 'UK Remix' by Gary Langan, and the 'US Remix'
by Eric Thongren.
The re-recording of 'Religion'
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 tracks were produced by PiL and mixed by Steve Chase.
'The Body' is seen by some as a follow up to the Pistols 'Bodies',
as both tackle abortion. However, both tracks come from completely
This was probably PiL's
poorest selling single!
A promo video was shot
for the single. Directed by Fiona Stylianou.
Gary Langan & PiL
Great Linford Studios, Milton Keynes, UK
There was a lot going on around the time about the anti-abortion
league, and the pro-abortion, and I just thought I'd throw my tuppence
into all this - standpoint? Women have the right to have abortions.
Period. This is somewhere where no one should interfere. It should
never be considered illegal, but then you shouldn't be able to get
yourself into that position in the first place. It's only ignorance
and lack of education about contraception that leads to these disasters.
- John Lydon, Volume 3 CD/Book 1992
Beat, October 1987