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She's Lost Control

This page contains the following information about this Joy Division song:
  • details of every known studio recording and every official release;
  • details of any live performances which appear on an official release;
  • my transcription of the song lyrics, noting any significant variations;
  • known cover versions by other artists, and any other interesting facts.
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Track history
Recorded on January 31st 1979 at BBC Studios, Maida Vale for John Peel
Released on First Peel Session, Peel Sessions album and Complete BBC Recordings
Recorded in April 1979 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport
Released on Unknown Pleasures, on Permanent and on Heart and Soul
Live performance on July 13th 1979 at The Factory released on Heart and Soul
Recorded on July 19th 1979 at Granada TV Studios for What's On (unreleased)
Recorded on September 15th 1979 at BBC 2 Studios for Something Else
Eventually released (in audio only) on Complete BBC Recordings
This performance was later included in BBC TV's Punk Britannia series
Live performance released from February 28th 1980 at The Warehouse, Preston
Live performance on February 29th 1980 at The Lyceum released on Heart and Soul
Extended version recorded in March 1980 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport
Released as a Factory 12" single in 1980 (the A-side in US; the B-side in UK)
This version also on Substance, on Heart and Soul and on Best Of Joy Division

Confusion in her eyes that says it all
She's lost control
And she's clinging to the nearest passer-by
She's lost control
And she gave away the secrets of her past and said
I've lost control again
And of a voice that told her when and where to act, she said
I've lost control again

And she turned to me and took me by the hand and said
I've lost control again
And how I'll never know just why or understand, she said
I've lost control again
And she screamed out, kicking on her side and said
I've lost control again
And seized up on the floor - I thought she'd die - she said
I've lost control [again]
She's lost control again - she's lost control --

Well I had to phone her friend to state my case and say
[or in the 12" single and live versions: to state her case]
She's lost control again
And she showed up all the errors and mistakes and said
I've lost control again
But she expressed herself in many different ways
Until she lost control again
And walked upon the edge of no escape and laughed
I've lost control [again]
She's lost control again - she's lost control --

The following additional verse is on the 12" single
and, with minor variations, in some live versions:
I could live a little better with the myths and the lies
When the darkness broke in I just broke down and cried
I could live a little in a wider line
When the change is gone - when the urge is gone
To lose control
When here we come

Other information
Cover versions by:Released on:
Agent Provocateur
 with Siobhan Fahey
Peep Show (Sanctuary SANDP246 2004)
She's Lost Control (Sanctuary SANTW281 2004)
Peep Show (Mercury 602517618923 2008)
AïboforcenL'Errance (Alfa Matrix 2011)
Alive She DiedViva Voce (demo cassette 1985)
AnotherTheoryAtmosphere 1 EP (own release 2005)
El Aviador DroPálida (La Fabrica Magnetica 94P11FM64 1994)
Materia Oscura (Lollipop LOL CD 099 1998)
BeatsteaksDemons Galore (XNO Records 2007)
Black Hole SunPure Punk Power (OMP Nation 2012)
The Borrowed MenNo Hail Marys (Fiction OD 1991)
Circle of OuroborusShores (Northern Sky Productions NSP05 2006)
DucCovers EP (Input/Output output03 2003)
Die EntweihungAt the Bottom (This Winter Will Last Forever 2012)
Exhibition with
  Susan Ottaviano
Keoki: Kill The DJ (Cleopatra/Hypnotic 1325 2003)
Factory YouthMisfits (Cherry Red Records 2011)
For the Chosen FewThe June Memorial EP (own release 2002)
Girls Against BoysShe's Lost Control (Virgin/Hut 61 1995)
A Means To An End (Virgin 40660-2 / Hut 29 1995)
Hank and Cupcakes  Hank and Cupcakes (own release 2010)
HoleRumors, Lies and Media Rape (live bootleg)
Also available on other bootlegs of live performances
Peter Hook
  and The Light
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Australia (Pylon 20/21 2011)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2013)
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)
Substance: Live in Manchester (Live Here Now 2016)
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Leeds (Westworld 104 2017)
Movement: Live in Dublin (Westworld 107 2017)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: at Hebden Bridge (Live Here Now 2017)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Camden (Live Here Now 2017)
Grace JonesPrivate Life (Island WIP 6629 / 12IS 273 1980)
She's Lost Control (Island 12WIP 6629 1980)
Private Life: Compass Point Sessions (Island 524501 1998)
The Collection (Spectrum/Universal 9810766 2004)
The Grace Jones Story (Island/Universal 9833286 2006)
Joy FemtalGothic Divas (Cleopatra digital edition 2007)
  In Den Boden
3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2014)
Neil LandstrummFactory Revival EP (Scandinavia SCAN025 2006)
Left Spine DownVoltage 2.3: Remixed & Revisited (Synthetic SYN-06 2009)
LitmusLitmus (Armehund ARMCD001 2005)
ManikiUseless Songs (Catapult 2012)
MassesCVLT Nation Sessions: Unknown Pleasures (CVLT Nation 2014)
Spoek MathamboMshini Wam (BBE BBE156ACD 2010)
Future Sound of Mzansi (Sony Music CDCOL8326 2012)
Performed live with other artists on tour with Africa Express
  String Quartet
MSQ Performs Joy Division (Roma Music Group 2017)
Moving UnitsCollision With Joy Division (Lolipop / Flowers of Romance 2017)
New Order5 11 (Warner 49366 2002 - DVD/video)
  (recorded live at Finsbury Park in June 2002)
Available on various bootlegs of live performances
NinetPaper Parachute (White Magic Music 2017)
El Niño GusanoWarsaw (El Colectivo Karma 011 1998)
No Tears30 years with(out) Ian Curtis: Transmission (Infrastition Fin056 2010)
Fragments (Str8line S8L-NT03/09 2010)
Russ PayCloser Still (Dressed To Kill FUCT354 2000)
Released several times in compilations for digital downloading
(this version appears under several different artists' names)
Plastic Noise
A Change Of Speed, A Change Of Style (OVR CD0001 2015)
Project XNeedles & Control (Memento Materia EP 2010)
Rabia SordaEye M The Blacksheep (Out Of Line OUT 579 2012)
RaveonettesHarbour Boat Trips 01: Copenhagen (HFN CD01 2009)
Redrum AloneShe's Lost Control (Sumo Productions SP030 2009)
De Redrum Natura (Ufo Solar US4 2012)
RéplicaSorry (NoiseLab NL025 2006)
Ruins MatadorDestination Tokyo (own release 2002)
ŚciankaWarszawa: Tribute To Joy Division (Kuka KR001CD 2007)
Second SkinA Tribute to Joy Division: Shadowplay (Syborgmusic sbm019 2013)
Shakespear's SisterSongs from the Red Room - Deluxe (Palare 006 2010)
Signal To NoiseHostile Takeover (Arts Industria AIS003 1994)
Silo String QuartetTribute to New Order and Joy Division (Vitamin 8451 2003)
Silver SurfersSomething About Joy Division (Vox Pop VP3 1989)
Teenage Sin TasteThe Dark and Cold Sounds (Blog That Celebrates Itself 11 2013)
TemplebeatBlack Suburbia (Sub/Mission CDWHIP 06 1994)
10,000 ManiacsCover Me (County Coroner - 7" live bootleg)
Vile EvilsAnthology, Volume 2 (dPulse Recordings 2011)
X-WifeDivergências.com (Independent / Músicactiva 2004)

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