Side 1: Bad Life / This is Not a Love Song (Re-recorded Version)
/ Solitaire / Tie Me to the Length of That
Side 2: The Pardon / Where Are You / 1981 / The Order Of
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. V 2309
Mid-Price Reissue: OVED
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox/Instruments - John Lydon
Drums/Instruments - Martin Atkins
Guitar - Colin Woore (session)
Bass - Louis Bernardi (session)
Brass - Gary Barnackle (session)
Keyboards - Richard Cottle (session)
Single LP, with b&w inner sleeve featuring pix. As something
of a subtle warning, the front cover features Lydon staring punkily
into the camera (This is what you want), whereas the rear cover
shows him disco-dancing (This is what you get...).
All tracks were recorded for the album. Bad Life / This is Not a
Love Song / Solitaire / Where Are You & The Order Of Death are
re-recorded versions of 'Commercial Zone' material.
John Lydon is credited with; violin, bass synth, brass, percussion
All tracks by Lydon/Levene. Except: 1981 / Tie Me To the Length
of That - Lydon/Atkins.
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / Copyright Control / EMI
Virgin Music Ltd / JRMA & Complete Music © 1984 Virgin
After Levene's departure Lydon decided to scrap the original 1982/3
NYC 'Commercial Zone'
material, and re-recorded it with Martin Atkins and some session
players. Louie Bernardi is the only member of the 1983 live (cabaret)
band to feature on the album. Only
two new (non CZ) tracks are included ('1981' & 'The Pardon').
The month after 'This
is What you Want...' was released, Keith Levene issued 'Commercial
Zone - Limited Edition' to compete with the album.
'1981' originally dates from the 'Flowers of Romance' album sessions
(hence it's name), this is a re-recorded version by Lydon &
'Where Are You' was apparently
written about Jeannette Lee.
Produced by John Lydon & Martin Atkins
Maison Rouge, London
John Van Hamersveld
'This is What You Want' is just me giving orders and them receiving
them. There was no feedback. If I had a crap idea, the crap idea
would go onto vinyl almost immediately.
- John Lydon, Volume 3 CD/Book 1992
They sort of copied 'Commercial
Zone'. I think they made a much worse record, but that was the one
they put out...
- Keith Levene, Perfect Sound Forever 2001
This is What You
Maker, July 1984