#116: 1986, Public Image Ltd, Rise

by Ray_North on March 14, 2011

Listening again, twenty five years on, the line ‘anger is an energy,’ seems like it should be the most incredibly corny, hackneyed lyric in the history of rock and roll; I mean it reads a bit like something you’d find in an awful American self-help book probably entitled ‘You really ARE special,’ or similar. But, it doesn’t. It still resonates. Maybe it’s because it was accompanied by that amazing regimented bass line and drum beat and sung by the manic John Lydon (his finest hour?) – it makes you go, yeah, that’s right, just like it did when you were fifteen.

Back then, I remember recording this song off the radio during my ritual sunday night homework and Top 40 Countdown sessions; back then, someone telling me that ‘anger is an energy,’ seemed like the answer to everything, like the cleverest most insightful thing I’d ever heard. It was alright to be angry because Johnny Lydon said so. I seemed to be angry a lot back then. I still bloody am.

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George_East March 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm

…and started advertising margarine. Open Up by Leftfield is his last great moment I think – a genuinely astonishing track on a brilliant album. This is great too though.


Nick Rijke August 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

May the wrong rise with you. Great track. I often felt and feel myself to be one of the “wrong”, so it’s no surprise that it still resonates and appeals the the angry young man inside…



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