"Atmosphere" appears for the second time on a Joy Division single; it first was released with "Licht und Blindheit" on the B-side. "She's Lost Control" is an alternate version to the one that appears on the debut album Unknown Pleasures. This version, recorded in March 1980, appears along with "Atmosphere" on the compilation Substance.
The single peaked at #1 in New Zealand in August 1981, and it would later rechart there in July 1984 (#17) and when it was reissued in August 1988 (#5). "Atmosphere" also hit #34 in the UK during June 1988.