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"Atmosphere" is a song by the band Joy Division. It was originally released on 18 March 1980 as a France-only single under the title Licht und Blindheit. It was limited to 1578 copies 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 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.

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