This is the New Order song Peter Hook is most proud of
The career of one Peter ‘Hooky Hook is blessed with some more than notable inclusions in two of the best bands the British isles have ever produced. While Joy Division was his inflammatory beginning, New Order is where Hook spent most of his musical life.
With a group like New Order, a band so embroiled in past grudges and rivalries, the interest in what was their favourite moments is based from a greedy need for juxtaposing themes. Here, Peter Hook reflects on one of his favourite songs from that particularly prickly band – New Order.
Compiled together with a list of Hook’s most important songs by The Guardian, the bassist remembers his favourite track as ‘The Song That Makes Me Proud Of My Past’. With the option to choose any of his previous work it’s a contrasting joy that he picks one of New Order’s gems from 1983, ‘Leave Me Alone’. “My favourite New Order song ever. Getting it back just by virtue of playing it live over the last year … that’s a very nice feeling.”
The track, taken from Power, Corruption and Lies New Order’s firm foot forward into the blending worlds of electronic music and rock ‘n’ roll. Much more so than on 1981’s Movement here New order set out their stool and begin the revolution that would swarm across the music world. ‘Leave Me Alone’ may not be the most memorable cut from the album but for Hook it represents the best of what the band were about.
Sadly for Hook it also represents what went wrong with New Order, he tells The Guardian, “What was always wrong with us back in the day is that we played the hits over and over again, and neglected these fantastic songs that we’d written earlier.” A missed opportunity perhaps as Joy Division and New Order fans are known (at least these days) as enjoying the deepest of deep cuts.
Hooky also reflected on the song’s creation, “I remember writing this one summer in London with Stephen [Morris] and Bernard, the same time as I was reading F Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night, and it feels just as melancholic.” It’s hard to argue with this laser-targeted assessment.
In the interview, he also shares a little acknowledgement of the band’s transition from Joy Division as well as a little bit of self-deprecation, “It’s funny, if you analyse Movement, musically it’s very Joy Division, but lyrically, very New Order. Plaintive, unconfident. It’s a little in-between stop.”
For now, sit back and listen to one of New Order’s deep cuts which just so happens to be Peter Hook’s favourite.