When I first heard this single in 1986, it totally blew me away. At the time of the release of Rise, I, for one had kind of forgotten about PIL and the last thing that Lydon had done was his amazing collaboration with African Bambaataa but that had seemed to have been a one off as it was 2 years previously and very little had been heard from or about him until this single, which came as a bolt out of the blue to me but had probably been all over the inkies. It was a breath of fresh air and Lydon as scary sounding and looking in the video as he had ever been.
Twenty three years on and the song still packs a punch.
The design for the single and album cover was borrowed from the film Repo Man by Alex Cox, who the same year as Rise was released Sid and Nancy.
PiL – Rise