Atmosphere (Joy Division song)

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"Licht und Blindheit"
Single by Joy Division
A-side "Atmosphere"
B-side "Dead Souls"
Released March 1980
Format 7"
Genre Post-punk, gothic rock[1]
Length 4:10
Label Sordide Sentimental
Writer(s) Curtis/Sumner/Morris/Hook
Producer(s) Martin Hannett
Joy Division singles and EPs chronology
"Transmission"
(1980)
Licht und Blindheit
(1980)
"Komakino"
(1980)
"Atmosphere"
Single by Joy Division
B-side "She's Lost Control"
Released August 1980 (US)
September 1980 (UK)
Format 12", CDS
Genre post-punk, gothic rock
Length 4:10
Label Factory Records
Writer(s) Joy Division
Producer(s) Martin Hannett
Joy Division singles and EPs chronology
"Love Will Tear Us Apart"
(1980)
"Atmosphere" / "She's Lost Control"
(1980)
The Peel Sessions
(1986)
Alternative cover
Cover of 1988 release
Music video
"Atmosphere" on YouTube

"Atmosphere" is a song by the band Joy Division. It was originally released on 18 March 1980[2] as a France-only single under the title Licht und Blindheit (german for "Light and Blindness"). It was limited to 1578 copies[3] and had "Dead Souls" as the B-side.

Following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis in May 1980, "Atmosphere" was released as a double A-sided single with "She's Lost Control". "Atmosphere" was the A-side for the UK release but the B-side for the US release. "She's Lost Control" is an alternate version from the one that appears on the debut album Unknown Pleasures.

The single peaked at number 1 in New Zealand in August 1981, and it would later re-chart there in July 1984 (number 17) and when it was reissued in August 1988 (number 5).[4] "Atmosphere" also hit number 34 in the UK Singles Chart during June 1988.[5]

The single was re-released in 1988 to coincide with the release of the compilation album Substance. Peter Hook formerly of Joy Division has said[citation needed] he regards the song as the band's greatest.

Music video[edit]

The music video released with the song's re-release in 1988.[6] It contains characters wearing black-hooded cloaks and white burial shrouds. It was directed by Anton Corbijn (who later directed the Ian Curtis biopic Control).[6] Some home editions of the film contain the video as an extra.

Track listings[edit]

Licht und Blindheit[edit]

All tracks written by Curtis/Sumner/Morris/Hook.

7" vinyl (Sordide Sentimental SS 33 002)[7]
  1. "Atmosphere" – 4:10
  2. "Dead Souls" – 4:53

Original single[edit]

All tracks written by Curtis/Sumner/Morris/Hook.

12" vinyl (Factory UK FACUS 2)[8]
  1. "Atmosphere" – 4:10
  2. "She's Lost Control" – 4:45
12" vinyl (Factory US FACUS 2)[8]
  1. "She's Lost Control" – 4:45
  2. "Atmosphere" – 4:10

1988 re-release[edit]

All tracks written by Joy Division.

7" vinyl (Factory Fac213/7)[9]
  1. "Atmosphere" – 4:10
  2. "The Only Mistake" – 4:19
12" vinyl (Factory FAC 213)[9]
  1. "Atmosphere" – 4:10
  2. "The Only Mistake" – 4:19
  3. "Sound of Music" – 3:55
CDS (Factory FAcd213)[9]
  1. "Atmosphere" – 4:10
  2. "Transmission" (live) – 3:37
  3. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" – 3:27

In popular culture[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 1
Chart (1984) Peak
position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 17
Chart (1988) Peak
position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 5
UK Singles Chart[5] 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ Release The Bats - It's The 20 Greatest Goth Tracks
  2. ^ "Licht und Blindheit by Joy Division (Single, Post-Punk): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Joy Division Discography - Licht Und Blindheit". Neworderweb.net. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Joy Division – 'Atmosphere'". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Joy Division. 'Atmosphere'". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Joy Division - 'Atmosphere'". mvdbase.com. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Licht Und Blindheit at Discogs (list of releases). Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Atmosphere" at Discogs (list of releases). Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  9. ^ a b c "Atmosphere" at Discogs (list of releases). Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  10. ^ "First Direct". UK TV Adverts. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Joy Division. Soundtrack - 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Stay Gold Heath Kirchart". YouTube. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  13. ^ See on Google Video.
  14. ^ Adams, Gregory (7 September 2012). "Flowers Of Hell Reveal Odes Details". Exclaim!. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 

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