Released : August 1980 (US), September 1980 (UK)
Format : 7", 12", CDS
Genre : Post-punk
Length : 4:10
Label : Factory Records
Producer : Martin Hannett
"Atmosphere" is a song by the band Joy Division. It was originally released in 1980 as a France-only single under the title Licht und Blindheit with "Dead Souls" as the B-side.
Following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis, "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 was re-released in 1988 to coincide with the release of the compilation album Substance.
The single peaked at #1 in New Zealand in August 1981, and it would later re-chart there in July 1984 (#17) and when it was reissued in August 1988 (#5). "Atmosphere" also hit #34 in the UK during June 1988.
Peter Hook formerly of Joy Division has said he regards the song as the band's greatest. In 2000, "Atmosphere" was voted the greatest song of the millennium by listeners of John Peel's Radio 1 programme.
2. Dead Souls