She's Lost Control (4:45)

Cover of The Best Of Joy Division

From The Best Of Joy Division and 53 other releases

“She’s Lost Control” is a song by British post-punk band Joy Division. It first was introduced in a concert in June 1978. Two separate recordings have been released: a guitar-dominated version appearing on the band’s 1979 debut album Unknown Pleasures, and a heavier and more electronic version first released in 1980 on a 12” single, coupled with “Atmosphere”. This version also sports an additional verse, not present in the earlier one.

The song centers on Peter Hook’s cool, droning, minimalist bassline formed over a methodical and mechanistic drum beat courtesy of Stephen Morris. In dramatic contrast, Bernard Sumner’s guitar work is sharp and clipped, and bears a striking resemblance to Dave Davies’ work on early Kinks singles such as “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All Night”. Ian Curtis’ lyrics concern a girl having an epileptic seizure (i.e. “losing control”), a condition which Curtis himself suffered from, and Curtis’ delivery is nervy and paranoid, reflecting the ominous music. Many indie bands have covered it, as well as Siobhan Fahey and Grace Jones.

The name of the song is referenced in the title of Control, a biopic of Ian Curtis, which includes the incident inspiring the song, and also the recording of the song, showing Morris using an aerosol can sprayed into a microphone as percussion.


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  • Tecof76

    muito boa!

    26 May 3:58am Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    I like the Substance version better. [2]

    10 May 3:54am Reply
  • neworderwave


    5 May 2:32am Reply
  • DistortionZero

    I like the Substance version better.

    30 Apr 5:48pm Reply
  • palomara

    She lost fucking control again

    21 Apr 4:59pm Reply
  • ZeroJine

    "Он ведет себя немного странно" - неудивительно. Кертис страдал от эпилептических припадков. На некоторых концертах они одолевали его. Кертис еле сдерживался, но таки дергался. Все думали, что он просто танцевал... Также он сам по себе был депрессивен. Эпилепсия - вдохновение Кертиса на создание этой песни...

    23 Feb 5:50pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    That word the rude ones that play the drums for the photographs you have a bruise on my phone number is a good father and I want a bath because I am going home with them while eating prawn Ra

    15 Feb 9:36pm Reply
  • TheMally98

    Bad trip

    8 Jan 4:25am Reply
  • Miedzylesie

    Straciłem nad tym wszystkim Controle. W sylwka będę oglądał Control.

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Epilepsiya-

    there is nothing better

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • sentenza338


    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • BastiDrahtdurch

    "I fucking Lost Control again".. Sebastian you all fucked up, sit and listen to your disturbed mind and just shut up about yourself, yes sir mr asshole subconscious.

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Oh well judge mccloy your daughter is with a Boy who says the f word

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Vinyltrap

    There's was something raw and emotive (for me that is) about Joy Divisions music that I had to listen, regardless of the generally dark lyrics and chaotic compositions, it still appealed to me! shame that Ian Curtis couldn't find his way through.RIP

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Well I did Friday f''k them anyway they don't give a s''t

    29 Jul 2014 Reply
  • iracemalmeida


    29 Jul 2014 Reply
  • ledzeppelinu2

    underated band

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • eirhnouki7

    love it ❤

    26 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Cure1980

    she is control him again so he decide to suicide.,.

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • nicorebel


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