Side 1: Love Song / Mad Max (Bad Life) / Bad Night / Solitaire
Side 2: The Slab (The Order Of Death) / Lou Reed Pt 1 / Lou
Reed Pt 2 (Where Are You) / Blue Water / Miller Hi-Life
Label & Catalogue
PiL Records Inc. XYZ 007
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar/Bass - Keith Levene
Drums - Martin Atkins
Bass - Pete Jones
Original pressing of 'Commercial Zone', issued in a blank white
card sleeve with label hole. Labels feature b&w PiL logo on one
side; and track listings on the other.
The LP was initially
only available in the US, but later re-issued with better distribution
and a proper sleeve as 'Commercial
Zone - Limited Edition' in 1984.
In New York, Levene
personally distributed some one-off custom sleeves to record
shops. Including a sandpaper edition (designed to "fuck
up all your other record sleeves"); another with grip tape & computer
discs; and even a copy with a pair of boots stuck to the cover!
These custom sleeves are extremely rare...
Issued by Keith Levene on his departure from the band these are
the original versions of some of the tracks that were later
re-recorded for 'This is What You Want...' (alternative titles
are in brackets). 'Blue Water' & 'Love Song' are the only
two tracks to receive an official release; on the 12" of 'This
is Not a Love Song'. 'Bad Night' and 'Miller Hi-Life' never appeared
All tracks written by Public Image Ltd
IPS Music / April Music ©1983 PiL Records Inc / Virgin Music
The infamous 'Commercial Zone' where to start... After all these
years 'Commercial Zone' still hasn't received an official release;
and probably never will due to licensing problems and all sorts
of internal wrangles.
Whether or not CZ is the last true PiL record, as is often touted,
is highly debatable. However, it's certainly more than the 'bootleg
of demos' as is counter claimed. Although largely unfinished, there
is no doubt that parts are magnificent. Warts and all...
There has been talk of
a CD release via Keith Levene, but it would never be sanctioned
by PiL as an official release.
Produced by PiL & Bob Miller
Park South Studios, New York
I did an independent deal and they pressed up about 30,000 copies.
Then, Richard Branson just sent these guys a writ, telling them
to put a stop to it. Then I went back to Richard, got some more
money to sign off of PiL. I thought I was also signing myself off
of Virgin. But what happened was he said "Unofficially,
you do have the rights to this record in America. But I'm going
to tell everybody that you don't. The only way they can find out
different is by taking me to court."
- Keith Levene, Perfect Sound Forever 2001
Licensing from who? Keith
stole the tapes! Its not supposed to be sold or released anywhere.
We own those recordings. I mean Keith didnt know about half
of those songs until he stole the fucking tapes. Tracks like Miller
Hi-Life he wasnt even there it was me, Pete Jones, and
Bob Miller our sound guy. Who was almost part of the band at that
time. Thats where Miller Hi-Life came from, well,
its a beer too... We were experimenting by putting drum kits
through synthesisers in 1982. Thats what we did, we experimented.
- Martin Atkins, Fodderstompf 2001
Maker, August 1984