Joy Division - Atmosphere (Original 12 Inch)
Now my all time favourite single is Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” but the 12 Inch Single “Atmosphere” runs it close. A powerful and brooding song, with achingly sad vocals, by Ian Curtis. It is rightly regarded by fans and critics as one of the best ever records produced by Joy Division.
The single was released in 1980 and featured a new version of “She’s Lost Control”, another timeless Joy Division Masterpiece on the B Side, the lyrics in this track were about a girl Ian Curtis had come across that suffered from epilepsy and died, something Ian Curtis struggled to come to terms with, especially as around that time he himself suffered from Epilepsy.
The death of Ian Curtis was such a sad loss for the Manchester Music scene.
“Atmosphere” reached number 34 in the UK Singles chart, as far as I know it was only ever released on 12 Inch Vinyl. The tracks on the vinyl were a standard single length and not extended versions.
An essential addition to any Vinyl 12 Inch collection.
If you haven’t seen the film “Control”, which portrays the life of Ian Curtis, watch it, it’s such a powerful movie and Sam Riley is incredible as Ian Curtis.
12 INCH VINYL TRACK LISTING
A1 Atmosphere 4:05
B1 She’s Lost Control 4:41
Both of the tracks on the 12 Inch can be found on this Joy Division “Best Of” collection from Amazon for just under £10: