Rise (Public Image Ltd.)

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"Rise" is a single released by post-punk group Public Image Ltd in 1986. It was the first single from their fifth studio album, Album.

Written by John Lydon about the issue of apartheid in South Africa, which was a very prevalent issue in the 1980s, the song is a departure from the group's regular punk sound, featuring a somewhat haunting backing and lyrics. It was one of the group's biggest commercial hits, peaking at #11 on the UK Singles Chart and being featured on albums in both the Hits and Now That's What I Call Music! series in the UK. The song contains the phrase 'May The Road Rise With You', which is an old Irish blessing.

Was featured in the films The Rules of Attraction, The Promotion, and Remarkable Power!.

This song is notable as guitar legend Steve Vai contributes his guitar work to the track.

The song was covered by Australian Industrial Metal band Jerk on their debut album When Pure Is Defiled. It was also covered by Tripping Daisy on the EP Time Capsule (1997). It has also been covered on Adrian Edmondson's folk band the Bad Shepherds' debut album, Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera! (2009).

The song was featured in the 2002 film, The Rules of Attraction.

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