Peter Hook is a true pioneer of music, having been a part of Joy Division and New Order, the music speaks for itself. His involvement with education and books certainly proves he’s a unique and stalwart figure, as well as significant contributor to British culture. Having recently been on tour with his band Peter Hook and The Light and Hacienda Classical, I was fortune to catch up with the busy man!
You’re a tad busy at the moment? How’s the tour been going?
Things have really been amping up this year! Hacienda Classical is on tour again and I’m doing the new set; it’s very Graeme Park! I must admit, he’s taught me a lot to be honest. I feel very lucky although I might change my mind tomorrow!
[The Peter Hook and The Light] ‘Substance’ tour has also been going great, I always suspected it would go down well and even though a lot of the Joy Division tracks aren’t well known, surprisingly it’s those tracks that are doing down the best, a lot of the time the Joy Division tracks go down better than the New Order ones. You can never tell what the response is going to be, but I guess it’s no coincidence that most people at the gigs have got Joy Division T-shirts on. You see the odd New Order T-shirt, but predominately it’s Joy Division, it does depend on each gig. I’m not sure what the is reason, however, it’s nice whatever to get a good response regardless.
Any gig highlights to mention?
Do you know what, they’ve all been great, we feel very well-rehearsed, we haven’t had a bad gig yet. Each one is selling out, considering in 2010 we were playing to one to two hundred people, to now be playing to over a thousand, it’s really grown. It seems we’re doing something right! It’s no wonder that New Order are pissed off! Unfortunately we haven’t reached an agreement with them, so it’s very sad, but you have to stand up to what you believe in.
Playing Mexico City was incredible, they went nuts! The reaction was amazing. They did a survey about which band was chosen the most to play and it was Joy Division, it blew our minds! Not what we expected. The guide told us the Stone Roses played there last week and they got 5000 people and we got 4992, so we’re coming after you Ian!
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In his new autobiography 'Substance', ex-New Order bassist Hook describes suffering domestic violence at Aherne's hands during their two-year marriage.
Hook, 60, who co-founded the legendary Joy Division who later became New Order, wrote in his new book ‘Substance’ that he put up with years of abuse that often turned physical during his two-year marriage to Aherne which ended in 1996.
“Yes I loved her, yes she could be very funny, and there were times I felt privileged to have a private audience with such a great comic talent. But she was also a very troubled person and nowhere did that manifest itself more than in our relationship.”
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Peter Hook is a legend of our time, not only because of the bands he's been in but he's also a true contributor to the music industry whose passion for music has continued with his recent new band Peter Hook & The Light, which play Joy Division and New Order songs live. Contactmusic.com met up with Hooky at Made Festival in Birmingham where he was performing with his band and Hacienda Classical. Peter's down to earth demeanour, informative perspective and obvious gratitude for his life was inspiring to say the least.
You just got off stage with your band Peter Hook & The Light, how did it go?
I do the sound, so it's was a bit nerve racking. I run back, do 'Blue Monday' and then go back and finish the sound off, but it was nice! It started off a bit weird, took us a while to get used to the acoustics, but then towards the end it sounded fantastic, I must admit. Once the numbers pick up, because the first half is quite soulful and a bit down, people don't know what to expect, but it builds up quite nicely, if I say so myself!
I'm sure the old Joy Division and New Order song are really emotive for you, how do you feel still playing them?
The strange thing is that I think people really appreciate seeing them performed live, because while they may know them all, they've never seen them performed like that, but it's one of those things, that performing them gives the songs that edge, that passion and that enthusiasm, and people really respond to it, it's nice. I must admit when we started I was a little skeptical, I thought how's this gonna work, I just couldn't see it, but every gig we've done has gone down fantastically, and all of sudden you're sitting there thinking sh*t, I've got something here!
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The Mancunian icons' ninth album will be released in September, their first in just over a decade.
Indie legends New Order have confirmed more details of their new album, their first in ten years, including its title and release date. Music Complete will be out on September 25th this year, available on Mute Records.
As well as being their first album of brand new material since 2005’s Waiting For The Sirens’ Call (2013’s Lost Sirens was an LP of offcuts from the same sessions), it is their first since the acrimonious departure of Peter Hook in 2007.
A teaser for Music Complete can be seen below, the clip of which contains the album’s artwork which has been supplied by Peter Saville, the original graphic designer for the band and their original record label Factory.
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Peter Hook played all of Joy Division's 47 songs in Macclesfield.
Peter Hook, the former bassist with Joy Division, played the band's entire back catalogue in a church in Ian Curtis's hometown on the 35th anniversary of the frontman's death. Delivered in chronological order, Hook played 47 songs in three-and-a-half hours.
Peter Hook played Joy Division's entire back catalogue in a disused church in Macclesfield
Hook was joined by the Happy Mondays singer Rowetta, who took on four songs including New Dawn Fades. According to the Guardian, the audience hugged each other during "Disorder" and spontaneously applaud right in the middle of "Shadowplay".
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The new record will be their first since 2005, but will be recorded without founding member Peter Hook who left in 2007.
They’re the band that simply refused to die. Surviving inter-band disputes and departures, the death of singer Ian Curtis and any amount of hiatuses, British post-punk survivors New Order have announced plans for their first album in ten years.
The news follows in the wake of a sold-out tour last summer, and lead singer Bernard Sumner told Rolling Stone: “The shows were being well-received and we were enjoying it. It seemed like the logical thing to do.” Two songs have already been completed, ‘Plastic’ and ‘Restless’, which were debuted during that tour.
New Order's lead singer Bernard Sumner spoke to Rolling Stone magazine
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Peter Hook is not impressed with the new Joy Division Twitter page.
Peter Hook, the original bass player with Joy Division, has blasted New Order for setting up an official Twitter page for the legendary group without his input. Depressingly, the Joy Division page was set up to help flog the newly released Lyrics & Notebooks of late singer Ian Curtis and Hook was understandably incensed.
Peter Hook is not happy
"@neworder Thanks for telling me.. As a member of @joydivision it would have been nice to have been informed" he said on Twitter.
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Cat Power has informed her fans, that her European tour will still go ahead, despite the news that she is suffering financial and health difficulties. She told her fans "European Tour Is On. Without Stage Presentation. Hard Money Wasted." It is thought that she is planning a stripped-down version of her show for the tour, which will include her first London show in four years.
Katy Perry has been accused of 'sexualising children' by the indie-dance band Crystal Castles. The band's singer, Alice Glass, told NME magazine "I think a lot of (pop stars) sell sex to children. I think a lot of kids are more sexualised now than they were years ago and I'm not sure it's a coincidence. Like f**king Katy Perry spraying people with her f**king d**k, her f**king c** gun c**ming on f**king children. And little girls, like six-year-old girls wearing a shirt with 'I wanna see your (pea) cock' on it."
Contact Music caught up with Peter Hook, renowned bass player with New Order during the period in which their use of emerging technology made them Britain's most innovative band. At home in Manchester, "Hooky" told us about Hacienda 30, a new release cataloguing the sounds and DJ's who made the legendary Hacienda one of the most famous clubs in the world, amongst many other things...
CM: Tell us more about Hacienda 30...
PH: We finished off (Factory's) 30th birthday celebrations with a party in May in the car park at the apartments which are where the Hacienda used to be. It was part of a number of events, and we wanted to put together a release that celebrated the DJ's during the club's most famous era as a venue, between 1988 and 1991, so we chose probably the two most prominent ones, Graeme Park and Mike Pickering. I'm amazed that it's been thirty years since we opened the place!
CM: Your own mix features Manchester favourites The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays, but how did you choose the rest of the tracks?
PH: After doing the original mix (Hacienda Acid House Classics, released in 2009) I wanted to delve a bit deeper into some of the tracks that might've been missed. What really surprised me at that time was that there were still quite a few licensing problems which meant I couldn't use certain ones at that point, but this time round some of those issues had been sorted out. I've found that your mind plays tricks on you sometimes as well, and music that you thought was great, in hindsight isn't as good as you remember it, and vice versa. I wanted to do a Madchester one as well as I felt that was so important. That may well see the light of day next.
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Despite making some of the most uncompromising music of the last 30 years, Motorhead for some strange reason, cross all boundaries. This is undoubtedly down to the enduring appeal of Lemmy - a man who's stuck to his guns and done things on his own terms to the point where he has just ended up being accepted.
Which gives credence to the fact that If you spend long enough doing something and which such conviction, people will eventually come round to your way of thinking. As a rock 'n' roll icon his influence has touched almost everyone who is anyone and the most surprising thing of all about this documentary is the sheer breadth of people who have fallen under his influence. The usual rock crowd is to be expected. Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Metallica etc but its appearances of others such as Jarvis Cocker, Peter Hook (Joy Division), Mick Jones (The Clash), Marky Ramone (The Ramones) and Billy Bob Thornton that most surprise.
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13th February, 1956