grace jones - "she's lost control" / by Zack Free

i’ve always thought of “she’s lost control,” a narrative on epilepsy that bounces between the first and third person perspectives, as one of the grimmest songs on joy division’s debut, unknown pleasures. this constant shift in viewpoint fosters an uneasy sense of helplessness in the listener; you can see it happening to yourself from the outside, but you can’t step in and help. grace jones’ 1980 take on the track, released as the b-side to “private life” (also on this list), retains this uncomfortable lack of clear perspective, but takes it up a notch. as the song lurches forward, jones actually sounds like she’s having a nervous breakdown. it’s eight minutes of horror, placed atop one of sly & robbie’s tightest grooves, and it’s an adventure

 

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