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No Love Lost

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  • details of every known studio recording and every 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 in December 1977 at Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham
Released on An Ideal For Living, on Substance and on Heart and Soul
Recorded on May 3rd/4th 1978 at Arrow Studios, Manchester; released on Warsaw

So long sitting here - didn't hear the warning
Waiting for the tape to run
We've been moving round in different situations
Knowing that the time would come
Just to see you torn apart
Witness to your empty heart
I need it - I need it - I need it --

The original version contains a spoken extract from the book House of Dolls:
Through the wire screen, the eyes of those standing outside looked in at her as into
the cage of some rare creature in a zoo. In the hand of one of the assistants she saw
the same instrument which they had that morning inserted deep into her body. She
shuddered instinctively. No life at all in the house of dolls.
No love lost. No love lost.

The following verse is in the later (Warsaw) version only:
Two-way mirror in the hall
They like to watch everything you do
Transmitters hidden in the wall
So they know everything you say is true
Turn it on - don't turn it on - turn it on

Both versions then converge again:
You've been seeing things in darkness, not in learning
Hoping that the truth will pass
No life underground - wasting, never changing
Wishing that this day won't last
To never see you show your age
To watch until the beauty fades
I need it - I need it - I need it --

Other information
The spoken text is taken from the book The House of Dolls by Karol Cetinsky
Cover versions by:Released on:
AnklebiterAnklebiter (No Idea NIR 057)
Die NervenTrue Faith (Rolling Stone Rare Trax 94 2015)
The DistillersRecorded live in 2004 but not released commercially
The EffigiesFly On A Wire (Enigma 72051 1985)
The FlowWarsaw (El Colectivo Karma 011 1998)
GoticoA Means To An End (own release 2007)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Australia (Pylon 20/21 2011)
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Leeds (Westworld 104 2017)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: at Hebden Bridge (Live Here Now 2017)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Camden (Live Here Now 2017)
The HorrorsAvailable on various bootlegs of live performances
HubcapUmberhulk / No Love Lost (Actionboy ACTBOY 001 1994)
Those Kids Are Wierder (54° 40' or Fight! POLK 001 2005)
Jack O'FireBring Me the Head of Jon Spencer (Undone UR-002)
Destruction of Squaresville (Estrus ESD 1213 1994)
LCD SoundsystemNo Love Lost (Merge MRG313 split 7" 2007)
All My Friends EP (DFA 2169 2007 - some versions only)
Mr TomatoA Different Story (Spazio Gerra Produzioni SGP01 2010)
Pegasi51Space Riot (Morbid Bros 1999)
Serotonin T OCommunity 2: A NewOrderOnline Tribute (Retroforward 03 2006)
The Seymores1000 lb Grr'lla (Pitch A Tent 3 1998)
Toys That KillGrabass Charlestons / Toys That Kill (No Idea NIR270 2010)
VensionWorkman's Comp (Big Money/Earmark 1995)

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