This is Not a Love Song / Blue Water / This is Not a Love Song (Remix)
/ Public Image
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. VS 529 12
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar / Bass - Keith Levene
Drums - Martin Atkins
Issued as standard picture sleeve, and as a limited edition plain
white PiL logo embossed sleeve; with track info sticker.
2 mixes of 'This is Not a Love Song' are included on the 12". Both almost identical. The "remixed version" has slightly more chorus towards the end.
The "remixed version" is featured on the 'Commercial Zone' release.
Concerned of a possible flop Virgin Records decided to tack 'Public
Image' onto the release to help sales; which was ironic as 'This
is Not a Love Song' turned out to be PiL's biggest ever hit single
peaking at No. 5.
The sleeve incorrectly
states the NYC studio as South Park, rather than Park South.
This was the only PiL
single to be re-issued by "oldie but goldie" re-issue
label Old Gold.
A promo video was shot
for the single. Directed by Larry White; which features the 4:30 minute lead track from the 12" not the 7" radio edit.
Produced by PiL & Bob Miller
Park South Studios, New York
It was all very tongue-in-cheek. At the time, people were saying
that that I'd joined big business and become a bourgeois shit. So
I thought the best way of tackling this would be to pump out a song
saying that's exactly what I am, tongue firmly in cheek. And that
kind of stopped that nonsense, so it worked.
- John Lydon, Volume 3 CD/Book 1992
is Not a Love Song
Hits, September 1983