Public Image Ltd. – Rise (1986)

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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. The song was written by John Lydon about the issue of apartheid in South Africa, which was a very prevalent issue in the 1980s. 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. “Rise” was featured in the films “The Rules of Attraction”, “The Promotion”, and “Remarkable Power”. Steve Vai contributes his guitar work to the track. The music video was featured in a Beavis and Butt-Head music segment where they changed the channel in disapproval.

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