27 Jun 2008
Hooky Threatens Us with Freebass, Again 
Peter Hook insists to Billboard that the as-yet-untitled Freebass album "is going to be out next March or I am going to fucking top myself." (Hmm, there goes that last chance at a New Order reunion...)

He continues: "I said to Mani and Andy: 'It's coming out and I don't care how rough it is. Fuck it...'." So, what's been the delay? Hooky cites his "DJ-ing commitments". (Well, there you go...one must have priorities.)

A reminder that Freebass is comprised of Hook, Mani from the Stone Roses and Andy Rourke of The Smiths; with vocals [perhaps] from Liam Gallagher (Oasis), Ian Brown (The Stone Roses), Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream) and Pete Wylie (various Wah[s]). (Hooky has suggested all of them, but has confirmed only Burgess & Wylie, with strong hints about Brown.)

Additional Freebass info can be found in this recent Hooky Q&A.

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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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