This is Not a Love Song (edit) / Public Image
Re-issued by Old Gold ?/88
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. VS 529
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar / Bass - Keith Levene
Drums - Martin Atkins
The single was later
re-issued in 1988 by Old Gold Records in a plain Old Gold sleeve
The 7" version of 'This is Not a Love Song' is a radio edit of the lead track on the 12" and is clipped by approx by approx 1 minute.
It later appeared on CD for the first time on the 2005 John Lydon 'Best of British £1 Notes Compilation'.
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