Rise 12" (12" single)


Tracks: (aka '12" Single')
Rise / Rise (Instrumental)

Release Date:

Label & Catalogue Number:
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)

Format Info:
Picture Sleeve

Track Info:
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 control...

A promo video was shot for the single. Directed by Peter Care.


Bill Laswell & John Lydon

The Power Station / Quadra Sonic, New York

Sleeve Design:
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


Press Reviews:
Sounds, January 1986

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