Grace Jones ‎– Private Life / She's Lost Control

Island Records ‎– 12WIP 6629, Island Records ‎– 12 WIP 6629
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single

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A Private Life (Long Version)
Written-By – C. Hynde*
B She's Lost Control (Long Version)
Written-By – Joy Division

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"Private Life" adapted from the album "Warm Leatherette"- ILPS 9592

A: Hynde House of Hits / Modern Publishing / ATV Music Ltd
B: Fractured Music
℗ 1980 Original sound recording made by Island Records Inc
Manufactured and distributed by EMI Records Limited
Made in Gt. Britain

Durations do not appear on release.

Label rim text starts with "EMI Records Ltd." on this release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side A): 12WIP 6629-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side B): 12WIP 6629-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out, side A, stamped. Var. 1): 12 WIP 6629 A-2U 15
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out, side B, stamped. Var. 1): 12 WIP 6629 B-1U 19
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out, side A, stamped. Var. 2): 12 WIP 6629 A-2U 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out, side B, stamped. Var. 2): 12 WIP 6629 B-3U 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out, side A, stamped. Var. 3): 12 WIP 6629 A - 2U 7 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out, side B, stamped. Var. 3): 12 WIP 6629 B - 3U 10 1

Other Versions (5 of 19) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WIP 6629 Grace Jones Private Life(7", Single, Pic) Island Records WIP 6629 UK 1980 Sell This Version
10.606629.25 Grace Jones Private Life (Long Version) / She's Lost Control (Long Version)(12") Island Records 10.606629.25 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
WIP 6629 Grace Jones Private Life(7", Single, Promo) Island Records WIP 6629 UK 1980 Sell This Version
K7995 Grace Jones Private Life(7", Single) Island Records K7995 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
600 261 Grace Jones Private Life(12") Island Records 600 261 Germany 1980 Sell This Version


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October 9, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
Chrissie Hynde has said on a few occasions that the first time she heard Grace's cover of 'Private Life' was in a club in Germany.
And that her first thoughts were "YES ! This is how it should have been done !"
Therefore strongly implying that her own recording was little more than a demo in a way.
As for her cover of Joy Division's 'She Lost Control', it's a bit of a Bovril record & you'll either hate or love it.
I feel the latter myself & anyone in mock horror about it is just being overly precious as I'm sure the band/writers had to approve the recording.
Check out the 'Dubs' of these tunes as well, they are top-notch and quite bizarre but still wonderfully listenable too.


January 3, 2014
In my collection without picture sleeve, with general die cut sleeve
Matrix / Runout (Label Side A): 12WIP 6629-A
Matrix / Runout (Label Side B): 12WIP 6629-B
Matrix / Runout (Run-out Side A): 12 WIP 6629 A- 2 U
Matrix / Runout (Run-out Side B): 12 WIP 6629 B- 1 U
No mention of made in ....


March 21, 2010
to "schoolcraftbump"
Get some earbuds mate, that joy division's cover is VERY good, totally not deserving a 1/10


February 24, 2009
Well, according to the previous reviews of this single alone, I agree these two songs are quite at odds with eachother - the masculine mistique tenderness of 'Private Life' isn't at all a greatful one to pair down. But on 'She's Lost Control', if not for the irony of such an unusual Joy Division takeover, thing seems to work in its own right to quite an impressive level. There is strange humour surrounding Grace's insane vocal theatrics here. Music is impressively weird and twisted, packed with merciless dub-effects that perfectly depict the madness put into Ian Curtis's lyrics.

If not to great effect, 'She's Lost Control' is effective step from gothic stereotypes many others used to cover a(ny) Joy Division song. Grace already pioneered in giving others her trademark approval - take 'Warm Leatherette' alone as one such perfect example. A minimal synth tune was turned into adorable, groovy avant-pop song. But that's another story.

Maybe 'She's Lost Control' isn't someone's cup of tea but it is far from being the worst cover ever, leaving others no chance to compare. I guess, we'll all agree, there are far much worse examples of other people's songs butcherings than this one. No matter how redundant or ridiculous she gets sometimes, it's still amazing Grace we're hearing.


July 8, 2008
I personally love both the covers.
Grace Jones version of "She's Lost Control" is so special it becomes a whole new song "I've lost control".
It starts our gracefully and during the track she evolves into this crazy hurt woman screaming out her pain and loosing her control in a reagga/dub kind of way.
The way she takes this masculine song and turns it to a song from a womans point view still with respect for the original poetry in the lyrics is really nice. It is one of my favorite coversongs, cause it is so original.


April 27, 2005
edited over 4 years ago