No Self Control (Peter Gabriel song)

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"No Self Control"
Peter Gabriel - No Self Control.jpg
Single by Peter Gabriel
from the album Peter Gabriel (Melt)
B-side "Lead a Normal Life"
Released 1980
Recorded 1979
Genre Experimental rock, hard rock
Length 3:55
Label Charisma
Songwriter(s) Peter Gabriel
Producer(s) Steve Lillywhite
Peter Gabriel singles chronology
" Games Without Frontiers"
(1980)
"No Self Control"
(1980)
"Biko"
(1980)

" Games Without Frontiers"
(1980)
"No Self Control"
(1980)
"Biko"
(1980)

"No Self Control" is a song written and performed by English rock musician Peter Gabriel.

The song was initially inspired by Steve Reich's album Music for 18 Musicians. Reich studied at Juilliard and experimented with electronic textures that Gabriel wanted to try in a rock format.[1] The song features guest musicians; Robert Fripp (guitar), Phil Collins (drums) and Kate Bush (backing vocals).

Prior to the song being recorded for Peter Gabriel's 1980 album, it was performed live under the working title "I don't know how to stop". Later live performances, such as on Plays Live, were slower and more subdued than the studio recording.

Music video[edit]

A music video of the song was made and broadcast in 1980. The video features Gabriel with his hands either in his pockets or on his knees, as he swivels left and right - all the while staring intently into the camera. Lights flicker on and off. Near the end, Gabriel grabs his head and neck and swings his head back and forth, repeatedly singing "no self control". The marimba solo plays. The video begins to get psychedelic, showing rainbow diffraction like patterns on the screen, and Gabriel's head blurs making it appear in multiple places across the screen. The video ends and fades to black as the song concludes with its last words: "I don't know how to stop".[citation needed]

The video is 3:56 long, and appeared on the BBC's Top of the Pops 1980.

Track listing[edit]

7" UK single (1980)[edit]

  1. "No Self Control" - 3:47
  2. "Lead a Normal Life" - 4:10

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No Self Control by Peter Gabriel Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-16.