1 Aug 2007
Point Blank 
H has responded on his my space blog to the press statement released last week by the other two (ex?) members of New Order. Edited highlights:

"Never assume anything! This group has SPLIT UP!

You are no more New Order than I am! You may have two thirds but dont assume you have the rights to do anything NEW Ordery cos you don't. I've still got a third! But am open to negotiation.

Just in case you hadn't noticed weve not had a "PERSONAL" relationship for a long time now...years in fact! Whenever you contact me it's through the management. I did exactly the same.

You all knew what was happening re the split! in FEBRUARY! Using cannes and mojo as some excuse to at last get your own back is wrong.

WE HAVE SPLIT!

See you in court! love hookyx"

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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