Well, when you put it that way, Mr. Hook. You know what is a real bummer? New Order/Joy Division have gone the way of Pink Floyd and have a member of the band who is hated and hates everyone else. Peter Hook, the bassist, doesn’t like Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner anymore, and now, as we should all be celebrating their careers with the new and first compilation of properly remastered New Order and Joy Division material, Total, we are learning that the band 1) will never get back together, 2) if they do, they will hate each other, and 3) they really hate each other now.
As Hook told the Guardian, ‘The truth is, Bernard’s a twat and he always has been. . . We’re a bunch of fat old men arguing . . . It’s pathetic really, but we’re all happy to keep on doing it.”
It is really sad to see a band that meant so much to people become fat old men arguing.
Probably the greatest of all New Order songs, at it was the first. “Ceremony” stands the test of time because so many bands of today have copied this entire song, guitar tones, drum beat, and bass line complete. Its a triumph after the death of Ian Curtis, it marks the beginning of New Order, and it takes post-punk to a new level.
It seems like nowadays, you get a lot of shit for being a Joy Division fan, as it seems cliche. Well, unfortunately for haters and whatnot, the explosion of the Information Age has allowed kids of the slightly depressed persuasion to find bands of olden times that reflect their inner-most thoughts and feelings. And it just so happens that Ian Curtis and the boys could capture that mood. We admit, we are fans but not super fans, although we consider “Ceremony,” the first New Order song post Joy Division / Ian dying, one of our favorite songs of all time. From a historical perspective, it seems to fit a Northern England mood, dark, dreary, post-industrial wasteland sort of vibe. And they were pioneers.
Regardless, Rizzoli, who just released the Supreme book, are publishingJoy Division this Fall, penning it “The definitive look at one of the most iconic rock bands of all time.”