(aka '12" Single')
Rise / Rise (Instrumental)
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. VS 841 12
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar - Steve Vai / Nicky Skopelitis (session)
Bass - Bill Laswell (session)
Drums - Tony Williams (session)
Synthesiser - Ryuichi Sakamoto (session)
Electric Violin - L. Shankar (session)
Backing Vocals - Bernard Fowler (session)
This 12" release features the normal 'Album' version of the
track. The instrumental B-side was remixed by Jason Corsard.
To keep in with the generic approach of 'Album' the 12" was
re-named '12" Single'. This is PiL's second biggest UK hit
(after 'Love Song').
It's possible the seeds
of this track can be traced back to the Sex Pistols. Sid was once
quoted in 1978 saying the band were working on a track about South
Africa where the blacks were going to "rise" and seize
A promo video was shot
for the single. Directed by Peter Care.
Bill Laswell & John Lydon
The Power Station / Quadra Sonic, New York
Concept: John Lydon.
(Inspired by a generic style American supermarket brand).
Rise is about South African police torture methods, hence, hot wires
to my head.
- John Lydon, 'Plastic Box' sleevenotes 1999