Joy Division & New Order co-founder Peter Hook recently talked about the working experience during his time with English Gorillaz founded by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett.
Peter Hook reveals how he was terrified
Hook admitted being scared stiff when asked to work with Damon Albarn on the track Aries for the Song Machine series by Gorillaz in 2020. Speaking with Guitar.com, Hook said:
“I was f***ing terrified, the man is an absolute f***ing genius!” he exclaims. “He asked me and I knew I couldn’t possibly turn it down. On the way down I had a call from his assistant saying he wasn’t going to be there and I thought: ‘Thank God’ I was instantly relaxed after that because I knew I could do it and I was looking forward to it. Then when I got there he came in. I was like ‘You bastard’ he said: ‘I managed to make it’, I thought, ‘F***ing great’
“But it worked fantastically and I couldn’t thank him enough because he gave me a number one in lockdown when I needed it the most. The song is amazing and it was one of the best compliments I ever had to be asked. He [Albarn] never stops, he’s incredible. I had a lot of comments after saying this is how New Order should sound, and what the f*** are they doing? I was just made up with it.”
Speaking about Joy Division, their legacy is one of the most important and longest-lasting in rock music, especially where indie is concerned. They had a very short lifespan as they were only active between 1976 and 1980. Following the frontman Ian Curtis’ tragic suicide at 23 years old, the band dissolved, and the co-founder and bassist Peter Hook went on to redefine new wave with the groundbreaking group New Order.