Is Peter Hook Being a (B)asshole?
That’s no typo! That’s my new word for a bitter bassist who’s being kind of a cock lately. Old Peter Hook is currently the grumpiest post-punk dude of 2013 (after Mark E. Smith and Morrissey, of course).
Although he left New Order back in 2007 apparently he’s still holding a grudge. Hook (aka Hooky. Man the Brits are lazy with nicknames. Just add a ‘y’ and you’re all set!) can’t get over the fact that they’re doing music without his ass! He lost it last week when they played on Jimmy Kimmel in-between their Coachella gigs. Petey tweeted:
“Just seen ‘New Order’ on Kimmel.. Beam me up Scotty… Power, Corruption & Enterprise”.
But dude’s got major balls on this ever since he decided he was gonna be a one-man Joy Division! Yep, apparently it’s okay to play the music of his departed front-man as Peter Hook and The Light where he plays Joy Division album’s in full and now he’s doing New Order shit too!
Now Hook told Rolling Stone it’s all Bernard Sumner’s fault: “I suppose I should be complimented by the way Bernard is still having these massive personal attacks on me like in the way he had in Spinner, accusing me of refusing to work on the New Order record, Waiting for the Siren’s Call, because I was off DJing. Barney used to do everything on his own anyway. They wouldn’t wait for me. He’s completely mistaken. That isn’t true. They’ve never waited for me since [the 1986 single] “Bizarre Love Triangle.” But I suppose I should be flattered after having New Order back for a year, earning fucking millions, and getting everything that they wanted back – that they still have to have a stinging personal attack on you every time he has an interview. Maybe he’s missing me, do you think?”
But New Order guitarist/frontman Bernard Sumner sees it differently: “Well, he did that because we weren’t doing anything with New Order at the time. And when he did that, we just thought, “Fuck it. Why are we holding back with New Order?” So we [announced some shows], and he went apeshit about it, but we’d had enough of him by that time. And this is where we’re at now. There’s more, detailed stuff, but we have an expression in England: don’t piss on your chips. And that’s what he’s done. Well, hopefully he’s happier, because he wasn’t happy within the band.”
Like every band that starts fighting, it’s all about the $, and these guys blew so much shit on their Hacienda club, and up their own noses that they all need to save up for the old folks home!
See, Hook wrote a book called “Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division” where he dishes the dirt about the old goth days. And like the shit-stirrer that he is, he went off on a bunch of people, including The Cure. While discussing a gig they played together he said: “I don’t think the Cure liked us”…”I think they resented us in some way, because we’d managed to stay cool, credible, and independent and they’d, well, sort of sold out a bit… I think they thought, Wish we were Joy Division.”
But old Lol Tolhurst, the dude that Robert Smith shit-canned from the Cure coz he drank so much that he couldn’t even play, has come out of the woodwork and called bullshit! Apparently he wasn’t too drunk to remember the old days!
He vented on Spinner: “But I understand Peter Hook has a new book out wherein he speaks about a certain 1979 gig that Joy Division supported the Cure at? Well I remember that particular gig too and my memory is somewhat different from Pete’s. See we arranged a show at the Marquee club in London for every Sunday for a month (called it a month of Sundays I think) and picked every band that opened for us. Because we, LIKED them and wanted to help them out. Not for any reason other than that.”
So why does Hook gotta be such a turd? I know, I know, the dude is a post-punk legend. He played a rhythm instrument like a lead guitar and forged a sound that was really groundbreaking. But he’s one piece of the puzzle. It was his collaboration with the other folks in Joy Division and New Order that made it what it was. Ian Curtis’s funereal monotone and dark poetry, Bernard Sumner’s sandpaper guitar, boyish warble and stream-of-consciousness lyrics, Stephen Morris the human drum machine, and Gillian Morris’s glacial keyboards are all also crucial components to their sound.
And talking shit about The Cure is weak. They made just as many good albums (if not more so) than New Order.
Do you remember the big body of work Hook had in his side-projects ‘Revenge’ and ‘Monaco’? Exactly. C’mon dude!
And hey, I saw New Order last year, and if I didn’t know any different, I wouldn’t have even known Hook wasn’t there. Sounded awesome and new guy played it just fine.
So Hooky stop with the tell all memoirs, it’s just pathetic and makes you look weak! Just suck it up and go back before it’s too late.
But hey, look at what I’m writing? Why do I even give a shit about this? Hmm. Because I loved these dudes in high school and apparently I can’t let it go either. Well balls. Guess I’m gonna go play “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and try to move the fuck on!
Peter Hook (wearing his little brother’s t-shirt) & The Light – ‘Ceremony’ and ‘Digital’ live in Zagreb, Croatia – 21/3/13