Peter Hook Might Sue New Order

The bassist feels he's entitled to a bigger piece of the pie

As some of you may know, former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook was not amused when his old band mates decided to reform without him and still used the name New Order. Now it looks like they've reached a point of no return, and Hooky is ready to bring the affair in front of the judge, as he explained to NME. “It looks like we’re going to court; neither side looks amenable to backing down. I’m not against them playing [under the name New Order], but what I’m rallying against is the business dealings they’ve done to secure the New Order trademark, which is oppression of a minority, which is illegal. They’ve taken the New Order name and the trademark and basically thrown me 50p and said ‘That’s all you’re worth, twatface. That’s what you get for playing Joy Division music’ [...] It’s a business thing. They are in a position of strength because there’s three of them, but what they’re saying is that the New Order name has got nothing to do with me and that’s what I dispute.”

Hook is not pulling any punches, in fact, he's gone as far as accusing new bassist Tom Chapman of forgery. “I’ve watched so-called ‘New Order’ playing in Auckland and Tom Chapman is miming along to my bass on tape. ‘Round & Round’. Have a look at it. He’s got his fingers on the low and you can hear my high bass in the background. So he’s miming. It’s the Milli Vanilli of bass. It’s a fantastic compliment, but I best get on to my intellectual property lawyer and see if it’s something you’re allowed to do. I do think that miming to my bass is pretty much the ultimate insult.”

New Order's answer came shortly after Hook's declarations. “On the chorus of ‘Round & Round’ there is a low bass part, a high bass part and Tom sings backing vocals. It’s more than one person can manage so Tom recorded his high bass part and it’s replayed as part of the backing track sequence. We strongly refute the allegation that New Order are using any of Mr Hook’s bass playing in our live performance.” To that, they added a little sneer for their old pal. “People living in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones or their recent fake DJ-ing YouTube hit might need to be recalled.”

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