Wednesday, March 07, 2012
New Order: the continuing saga
Back in 2007 I wrote a post here about the continuing acrimony which was destroying my all-time favourite band, New Order. At that time I thought it would have been the best idea to just end the band once and for all.
Over recent months, however, it was announced that New Order would be reforming, including the return of Gillian Gilbert, but without Peter Hook in the line-up. Needless to say Hooky wasn't too happy at that time, for example he told Rolling Stone that he was "saddened and upset" by the reunion news.
More recently, the new-New Order announced that they would be touring this year with their new line-up. Seconds out, round 2....
Peter Hook has now alleged in this NME article that replacement bassist Tom Chapman is "miming his bass parts" from a backing tape. Hooky, always one for a quotable quip, described it as "the Milli Vanilli of bass"!
Meanwhile New Order denied that Hooky's bass parts are used in the "Round and Round" backing track and in their statement they went on to retort "...People living in glass houses shouldn't throw stones or their recent fake DJing YouTube hit might need to be recalled. Keep watching."
This may all be amusingly bitchy, but I also find it more than sad that the legacy of Joy Division and New Order has disintegrated into such an embarrassing slanging match.