Our king of eclectic beats Winston from The Joint went to check out Joy Division/New Order legend Peter Hook at The Gov. Here’s how it went down.
The evening began with a short set of Joy Division songs and Peter Hook compellingly performed the back catalogue of his short-lived but seminal band. The highlight for me was Leaders of Men a song I thrashed in high school. But alas they left out my favourite songs Transmission and Love Will Tear Us Apart (what a crime!).
After a short intermission Peter and band returned to play their New Order set. Highlights for me were Bizarre Love Triangle one of my all time faves and Perfect Kiss. To my delight their rendition included its extended percussion jam including cowbell and Roland drum samples. The band returned for an encore performance of non-album songs Thieves Like Us, True Faith and Temptation to the delight of the audience.
By their own admission New Order make better singles than albums. Which makes it puzzling that Peter chose to play 1985’s Low-life and 1986’s Brotherhood in most of their entirety but almost criminally didn’t play the band’s biggest single Blue Monday, which to this day remains the World’s best selling 12” single. Perhaps this sort of erratic decision-making contributed to the split between Peter Hook and the rest of the band. However, I have heard people jokingly call his performances without the other members of the band a “karaoke set” which I think is incredibly unfair. Hook is a brilliant musician who was an integral part of one of the most influential bands of the last half-century. He played the songs he loved from a band he put 30 plus years of his life into. This makes the omission of Blue Monday et al even more frustrating. I would have loved to see how he would have played the band’s biggest hits because judging by the quality of the performance on the night, it would have been something special.
Words by Winston