Hook bemoans control of New Order Trade Mark

November 2011


Rather like the Bucks Fizz case in reverse, but still dependent on ownership of a band’s Trade Marked name, Peter Hook has realised that there is little he can do to stop former New Order band mates Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert re-forming as New Order – without him. Its ironic, as Hook announced the band had split in 2007 – apparently without telling Morris or Sumner (Gilbert had left back in 2001). Now Sumner, Morris and Gilbert will use the New Order name when they play two charity shows later this month and, it seems to Hook, when they follow those shows up with a full-on US tour). The three band mates seemingly control the band’s limited company which owns the Trade Marks with Hook saying “They pulled a cunning limited company hostile takeover and managed to take over the trademark from me.”

Hook does have a brief moment of clarity. “Musicians are renowned for focusing on stupid, petty arguments”, he notes. “The things that Bernard and I are arguing about are absolutely fucking pathetic, and I’m hoping that some grown up will come into the schoolyard and stop it”.

Read Hook’s interview in full here: www.spinner.com/2011/10/06/peter-hook-joy-division-new-order/  and http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a345063/peter-hook-i-want-to-f-new-order-over.html

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