Singles World Cup – First Round – Second Tie

‘Atmosphere’ by Joy Division

A posthumous UK release after Ian Curtis died in 1980. Poetic, majestic, sparse and haunting. Has an emotional pull similar to the finest pieces of classical music.

VERSUS

‘Sympathy for the Devil’ by the Rolling Stones

Let’s face it, if Gimme Shelter had ever been released as a single it would be here. However the lucky people of Germany and Japan both enjoyed this as a single release. Primeval rhythms, hypnotic and much copied backing vocals over intellectualised guff about the devil, “simples”. Always a good move in rock to ally yourself with the devil.

WINNER: Rolling Stones

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