"Control" is a song by the rock band Puddle of Mudd. It is the first single off of their album Come Clean. It was released in July 2001, was written by Wes Scantlin and was co-written by Brad Stewart. The song "Control" was popular, peaking at number 3 on the Mainstream Rock chart, number 3 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Control" is about a relationship that Puddle of Mudd member Wes Scantlin was in. Scantlin told MTV that he was "going out with an uncontrollable person" and said that he was uncontrollable, too. Scantlin then told MTV:
But the intimacy was really, really good ... [There were] some freaky-deaky things going on. The end of the song is the wake-up [where you realize], "Man, I can't deal with this anymore." The mental frustration isn't worth the bonus that you get intimacy-wise. When I wrote those lyrics, I was going, "Ah, man, I don't know if the record company's going to let this fly." I didn't know what anybody in the band was going to think.
The music video starts with a segment of Wes Scantlin being kicked out from of a truck after he had been arguing with a girl who was driving. As a result, the band are late to a gig at a local bar. The majority of the video cuts between Scantlin walking to the venue, the driver driving away from him, and the band performing at the bar. Towards the bridge of the song, Scantlin finds the girl again, who has pulled over to the side of the road. The two pretend to make up, but as the two embrace, Scantlin pickpockets the woman of her keys. As the final chorus came in, Scantlin threw the truck's keys into a puddle of mud, a pun on the band's name.