New Order has split up, bassist Peter Hook claims

But it's news to his bandmates and publicist: 'This is probably just Hooky messing about. Everyone knows what he's like'

Peter Hook, New Order's legendary bassist, has set the hearts of the band's many fans fluttering by claiming the band have split up. The only problem is that he doesn't seem to have told his record label or bandmates.

In a message posted on his MySpace page, Hook claims - almost in passing - to be "relieved" that the news is out, but the alleged break-up was immediately denied by the band's press officer.

In his message entitled "Life Goes On", Hook writes (typos his): "Well here we go again another action packed week. I suppose it was the interview with Clint Boon [on Manchester's XFM] that started it all off. He'd asked me for a few words on perry farrells satellite party single dogstar (which he thought was great) so i went on and lo and behold mentioned the N>O> split so i suppose because it was me sayin it it was out at last. im relieved really hated carryin on as normal with an awful secret so lets move on shall we?"

Hook's remarks were, however, denied by the band's long-standing press officer Jayne Houghton this morning, who said that any split is news to fellow band members Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris.

"As far as everyone is concerned, New Order will be going to Cannes next week, as a band, to promote the new Joy Division film [Control, a biopic based on the memoirs of Ian Curtis's wife Deborah]," she said. "This is probably just Hooky messing about. Everyone knows what he's like."

New Order formed in 1980 following the suicide of Ian Curtis and the resulting demise of Joy Division. Following on from Joy Division's gloomy, introspective sound, New Order received widespread critical acclaim for their blend of electronic and punk music. Their 1983 hit Blue Monday is frequently credited as the bestsellling 12-inch of all time. The band continued prolifically throughout the 80s, becoming the poster band for Tony Wilson's label Factory Records, and they were heavily involved with Manchester's legendary club venue the Hacienda.


Rosie Swash

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