She’s Lost Control pt 1
Arguably Joy Division‘s second most known song next to Love Will Tear Us Apart, She’s Lost Control, was the irony upon ironies for poor Ian Curtis. Written when Curtis worked for the city health services, it was about a girl he encountered there who had a debilitating case of epilepsy. A short time later, in the midst of Joy Division’s ascendancy, he too would develop chronic seizures. As a remedy the doctors advised him to avoid late nights, flashing lights and drinking, pretty much crippling his life long dream of becoming a rock star and signaling the spiraling down of his life as a whole.
She’s Lost Control pt 2 (another personal disclosure story)
I worked on an ill-fated Joy Division music and merchandise project. My dream came true when I got asked by the Joy Division estate (New Order, Tony Wilson, Debbie Curtis, Peter Saville) to come up with cool projects and products to be timed around the release of Control and Grant Gee’s amazing documentary. Came up with a good half dozen ideas that got green lighted for production when the ghost of Ian Curtis struck hard. While I won’t get into the specifics as it’s a long story, I slowly watched as each project one by one fell apart in front of my eyes. Nothing to do with my abilities, all just puzzling random acts of God that left me scratching my head going ‘You got to be fucking kidding me.’ as each new disaster began to unravel. And outside of this, New Order broke up and Tony Wilson became gravely ill; both rendering the project to the back burners.
The silver lining in the end though was, under a completely different circumstance, a year or so later being asked by the folks from Control to design a limited edition shirt for the premiere. Yay, happy ending.
She’s Lost Control pt 3
Like most cult bands/songs, dodgy covers abound. So weeding out the shite from the champagne, we’ve got a nice little selection of versions for you today. Starting off as always with my fave, Grace Jones (with the enlisted help of Sly & Robbie) turns Control on it’s head with her eerie reggae and dub versions. Siobhan Fahey (with Agent Provocateur), black sheep of Bananarama and founder of Shakespeare’s Sister, channels her inner demons from an earlier mental bout of her own, on her nerve rattling cut. Neil Landstrumm incorporates a bit of dubstep in his wonky techno rendition. Portugal’s X-Wife punk-synth version whose liberal use of the vocoder begs the question; what if Stephen Hawking had been born in Manchester? Fans of early ‘cold wave’ and Flexi Pop singles will surely enjoy 80’s Greek outfit Alive She Died. Where there’s a cult fave you’ll surely find Vitamin String Quartet plucking their bows. While everybody has surely heard it at this point, I still feel compelled to include Boys Against Girls, who would probably prefer to do more of this over being stuck in a hot tour van all day with a whiney Gina Gershon. And lastly, and I’m probably crossing the covers-only line with this but, I decided to included a handful of live New Order versions with them covering their old alma mater.
Grace Jones – She’s Lost Control (Long Version)
Grace Jones – She’s Lost Control (Dub Version)
Agent Provocateur ft Siobhan Fahey – She’s Lost Control
Neil Landstrumm – She’s Lost Control
X-Wife – She’s Lost Control
Alive She Died – She’s Lost Control
Vitamin String Quartet – She’s Lost Control
Girls Against Boys – She’s Lost Control
New Order – She’s Lost Control (2005-06-24 Hyde Park London XFM)
New Order – She’s Lost Control (1985-12-13 Orleans, France)
New Order – She’s Lost Control (Finsbury Park 9th June 02)
New Order – She’s Lost Control (Live in Hultsfred Festival 15.07.02)
New Order – She’s Lost Control (Live 29-06-2002)
New Order – She’s Lost Control (soundcheck @ ???)