Rise (Public Image Ltd song)
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|Single by Public Image Ltd|
|from the album Album|
|Released||January 21, 1986 (UK)|
|Length||6:05 (album version)|
4:27 (7" edit)
|Label||Virgin VS 841|
|Songwriter(s)||John Lydon, Bill Laswell|
|Producer(s)||John Lydon, Bill Laswell|
|Public Image Ltd singles chronology|
The song was written by John Lydon and Bill Laswell about apartheid in South Africa, specifically about Nelson Mandela as Lydon stated in a 2013 Glastonbury interview. Lydon also referred to alleged Royal Ulster Constabulary interrogation techniques, such as electric torture, in an MTV interview in 1987. It was one of the group's biggest commercial hits, peaking at #11 on the UK Singles Chart. The song contains the phrase 'may the road rise with you', which is a direct translation of the old Irish blessing "go n-éirí an bóthar leat" (usually translated as "may the road rise up to meet you"). The phrase "anger is an energy" became the title of Lydon's 2014 autobiography.
Tom Doyle of Sound on Sound said: "[Sound engineer Jason Cosaro] ...set Williams up at the bottom of The Power Station’s elevator shaft, both close- and distance-miking the kit to create the distinctive drum sound on "Rise" in particular: Shure SM58 on the snare, Sennheiser MD 421s on the toms and Neumann U47 FETs for the ambience." Bill Laswell recalled: “Myself and [guitarist] Nicky [Skopelitis] played in the control room... and everything was a first take. We were using the Fairlight computer as a kind of click track, and on the piece that became "Rise", Tony dropped a beat and we went back and dropped in this one beat. Otherwise I thought it was cool to be able to say everything was a first take."
The song was covered by:
- Australian industrial metal band Jerk on their debut album When Pure Is Defiled
- Tripping Daisy on the EP Time Capsule (1997)
- Adrian Edmondson's folk band the Bad Shepherds' on the debut album Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera! (2009)
- Brazilian rock band Legião Urbana on the MTV Acústico album and DVD
- British band Love Amongst Ruin as a free download in July 2012
- Australian controversialist Kirin J. Callinan on his third solo album Return to Centre (2019)
- John Lydon – lead vocals
- Steve Vai – guitar
- Ryuichi Sakamoto – Fairlight CMI
- Bill Laswell – fretless bass
- Tony Williams – drums
- L. Shankar – violin
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||35|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||29|
|UK Singles (OCC)||11|
- Video on YouTube
- Video on YouTube
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- "Public Image Ltd. – Rise" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Public Image Ltd. – Rise". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 September 2014.