Peter Hook on Joy Division Versus Bauhaus: “They Were a Bit Gothy Glam”

Peter Hook on Joy Division Versus Bauhaus: “They Were a Bit Gothy Glam”

The comment came out of the blue. Our follow-up question was simply: “Joy Division?” Murphy had more to say, this time referencing the quartet’s lead singer, Ian Curtis. “There’s all this myth: the sacrosanct Joy Division. Why? Because he killed himself. He was our friend. Of course, it’s good music. I’m just saying we were nothing like them. We were nothing like anybody. That was a very British thing at the time. Joy Division didn’t want to identify with anybody else either.”

Recently, New Times spoke with Peter Hook, Joy Division’s bassist, who is about to kick off his Southeastern U.S. tour, playing his former band’s seminal albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer on the 35th anniversary of Curtis’ passing. Hook had a look at the article that resulted from our conversation with Murphy. “The thing that strikes me in this world, as my mother used to say, if you can’t blow your own trumpet,” he pauses to laugh, “then whose can you blow? So I suppose it’s a way of stirring controversy.”

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