First Word - Peter Hook interview

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  • 24 September 2009
First Word - Peter Hook interview

Founder of Joy Division, and bassist with New Order, Peter Hook lets off some steam about music piracy

First record you ever bought
‘Ride a White Swan’ by T Rex. Now that was very, very long time ago.

Last time you were chatted up
Tragically, I honestly can’t remember.

First film you saw that really moved you
It was Shalako. I wanted to be a cowboy.

Last lie you told
To my bank manager on Monday morning.

First movie you ever went on a date to
That’ll Be The Day. The date didn’t work out but it did make me quit my job and go to Butlins which, as it happens, didn’t work out either. Just wait til I get my hands on that bloody David Essex!

Last time you cried
When recently I came to the end of a fantastic book called A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. We think we have it hard, pah.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
Apologise to the wife and children, then make a nuisance of myself until they tell me to go back to work.

Last great meal you cooked
Salmon in black bean sauce with grilled vegetables.

Last extravagant purchase you made
A Breitling Navitimer. It’s a truly beautiful thing and I blame John Travolta entirely.

First crush
Faith Brown.

Last book you read
Fire Horses by Liam Piggott and it was excellent.

First great piece of advice you were given
It was by my friend Dave Dee just before he died. ‘Fuck ‘em’ he said ‘fuck ‘em all.’

Last time you were star struck
By my old mate Dave Dee as above.

First thing you’d do if you ran the country
Put an end to inheritance tax

Last meal on earth - what would it be?
It would be a five course set menu from Fosh Food in Palma, Mallorca and it would be bloody fantastic.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke
‘Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town’ by Kenny Rogers.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
Does it count with the wife?

First time you realised you were famous
When I started getting trainers for free.

Last time someone criticised your work
It’s an occupational hazard, especially nowadays with the internet. There are keyboard terrorists everywhere who hide behind a veil of anonymity to pursue their vicious slanders.

First three words your friends would use to describe you
Daft ‘effing bastard.

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
See watch above, the wife kicked me round the house!

First concert you ever attended
The Dooleys at Salford Willows Club.

Last time you bought someone flowers
Last week.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
My daughter, in order to get her up for school, and then coffee.

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
Bootleggers, and how to break them. It sends me off a treat!

Peter Hook will be signing copies of his new book The Haçienda: How Not To Run A Club at The Arches, Argyle Street, Glasgow at 7.30pm on Tue 6 Oct.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

New Order

One of the UK's most influential bands reconvene as a three-piece, minus errant bassist Peter Hook.

Heaton Park, Manchester

Fri 10 Sep


The O2 Arena, London SE10

Sat 6 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

With special guests.

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