Joy Division

She's Lost Control

Composed by Bernard Albrecht / Ian Curtis / Peter Hook / Stephen Morris

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Released as both an album cut and, in a hint of where New Order would eventually find itself, a 12" dance remix, "She's Lost Control" drew inspiration from Ian Curtis's encounter with an epilepsy victim and her attendant lack of control over her own body. It was something Curtis also suffered from, and the chilling sense of desperation and fear shot through the lyrics draws on more than a dramatic gift. The deep echoes on the album version of his vocals make that version more of a disturbing listen, but on both the music is excellent, the steady death disco punch of the arrangement as much a harbinger for early-'80s experiments all over the world as anything. Peter Hook's memorable, softly descending bass line gets a rougher counterpart in Bernard Sumner's clipped, chugging riff, and the whole sounds like a disturbing vision into a world many would never know otherwise -- even while being danceable.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Unknown Pleasures 1979 GC / Rhino
No Image 1982 Factory
Concert 18 Jan Effenaar 1984 Jd Records
Substance 1988 GC / Rhino 4:45
The Peel Sessions 1990 Strange Fruit 4:11
Spirit of Independence, Vol. 5 1993
Various Artists
Dutch East India Trading 4:12
Permanent 1995 London Films
Heart and Soul 1998 Rhino / Rhino/Warner Bros. 5:30
Preston 28 February 1980 1999 Drastic Plastic Records
The Complete BBC Recordings 2000 True North Records 4:12
24 Hour Party People 2002
Original Soundtrack
London 90 4:44
Sangre Eterna 2003
Original Soundtrack
WEA International 4:57
All That Alternative 2005
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / WEA/Warner 3:55
Live Leigh Rock Festival 1979 2006
Various Artists
Interstate 3:24
The Best of Joy Division 2008 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:58
Factory Records: Communications 1978-1992 2008
Various Artists
Rhino 4:58
Leigh Rock Festival 1979 2009 Ozit
Massive Hits: Punk and New Wave 2014
Various Artists
Rhino 4:43
Music of the Dead
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:57
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