“Atmosphere”  is a song by English post-punk band Joy Division.  It was originally released in March 1980 by record label Sordide Sentimental as “Licht und Blindheit” (“Light and Blindness”), a France-only limited edition single featuring the track “Dead Souls” as the B-side.  Following Ian Curtis’s death two months later, it was re-released as a 12” single by record label Factory with “She’s Lost Control” as the B-side.  The single was re-released in 1988 to coincide with the release of the compilation album Substance, and a music video was produced for the song.  (More from Wikipedia)

When a long overdue retrospective of Joy Division called Substance finally came out in 1988, one of the songs, “Atmosphere” got to #34 on the British charts, and the Spartan music video that played on the MTV program 120 Minutes made a deep impression on me as well.  


(June 2014)


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