Peter Hook Dangles Unfinished Joy Division Song over Completists’ Heads on New EP

Posted April 27th, 2011 by eric

Whether or not your down with Joy Division bassist Peter Hook touring his old band’s debut album with his kid and a few hired guns in tow is one thing. Purchasing an EP of Joy Division covers by said crew is another. I couldn’t imagine patronizing either one. But somebody must be, or I wouldn’t keep reading about it. (And I’m not helping either, obviously). The new EP 1102 / 2011 by Peter Hook and The Light featuring Rowetta (ex-Happy Mondays) tricks out new versions of the Joy Division classics “Atmosphere,” “Insight,” and “New Dawn Fades,” as well as an unfinished Joy Division song evidently titled “Pictures in My Mind.” The latter song is obviously the bait for the completists. Clever trick. I for one can live without any of it. For the curious, it all hits shelves on May 9 on Hook’s own Hacienda Records.

If you’re nostalgic to the point of obsession, then you can check out Hook et al. on tour, where they’ll not only be playing Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures on certain dates but for a special show in Manchester on May 18th, the anniversary of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis’ death, the group will perform Joy Division’s final recording, Closer, in its entirety. Dates after the break via Pitchfork.

04-22 Manchester, England – Sankeys (DJ set)
04-23 London, England – Scala *
04-30 Edinburgh, Scotland – Liquid *
05-07 Pontevedra, Spain – Festival Do Norte *
05-12 Lille, France – L’Aeronef *
05-13 Nantes, France – L’Olympic *
05-18-19 Manchester, England – The Factory ^
05-28 Den Haag, Netherlands – Paard van Troje *
05-29 Eindhoven, Netherlands – Effenaar *
06-04 County Clare, Ireland – Cold Pro Festival *
06-16 Sao Paolo, Brazil – Studio Emme
06-18 Sao Paolo, Brazil – Studio Emme
07-24 Kortrijk, Belgium – Shadowplay Festival
08-24 Wroclaw, Poland – Green Festival

* performing Unknown Pleasures
^ performing Closer

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