Cruel / Love Hope / Happy (Live)
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. VSA 1390
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar - John McGeoch
Bass / Keyboards - Allan Dias
Drums - Curt "Kirbee" Bisquera (session)
Limited edition numbered gatefold picture sleeve. This is PiL's
only 10" single.
'Cruel' & 'Love Hope' are the normal album versions lifted from
'That What is Not'. 'Happy' 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 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
Maker, February 1992