No Self Control (Peter Gabriel song)


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"No Self Control"
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Single by Peter Gabriel
from the album Peter Gabriel (Melt)
B-side"Lead a Normal Life"
Released5 May 1980 [1]
GenreArt rock[2]
Songwriter(s)Peter Gabriel
Producer(s)Steve Lillywhite
Peter Gabriel singles chronology
"Games Without Frontiers"
"No Self Control"

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

It was inspired by Steve Reich's composition Music for 18 Musicians.[3] The song features guest musicians Robert Fripp (guitar), Phil Collins (drums) and Kate Bush (backing vocals).

Prior to being recorded for Gabriel's 1980 album, the song 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.

Gabriel and his China 1984 touring band performed "No Self Control" on BBC One's Top of the Pops in May 1980.[4]

Track listing

7" UK single (1980)

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



Chart (1980) Peak
UK Official Singles Chart[5] 33

In other works

It was used in the season three episode of Homicide: Life on the Streets, The City That Bleeds.


  1. ^ "No Self Control".
  2. ^ "The Quietus | Features | Anniversary | Peter Gabriel 3". The Quietus.
  3. ^ "Peter Gabriel". Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  4. ^ Smith, Mic (1990). "Peak Time Viewing: Peter Gabriel on British TV 1975–90". White Shadow (Gabriel fanzine). No. 3. p. 8.
  5. ^ "Peter Gabriel UK discography". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 November 2011.