"They don't use the correct instruments," Hook says of New Order's current lineup -- or as he calls it, "New Odor."
Peter Hook is having a capital time playing classic New Order albums in their entirety with his current band, The Light. But that doesn't mean he's at all softened his feelings about the Hook-less version of New Order -- or, as he refers to it, "New Odor."
"They re-formed the band, shamelessly, in 2011 without telling me, without asking my permission to use the band name," Hook, who left the group circa 2007 and is currently battling former bandmates Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert in British courts over use of the New Order name, tells Billboard. "They licensed the name to themselves, which I disagree strong with, and I'm seeking a legal remedy. It's like a divorce settlement... fixed by the wife without consulting the husband, and the husband doesn't think it's fair. They've carried on regardless and have not even informed the fans that it's not the (original) lineup, which I think is a terrible thing to do. I get messages all the time from people that, 'I went to see New Order, and you weren't there.'"
A silver lining of sorts for Hook is that, with The Light, "It's been marvelous to get the songs out again in the way they should be played. I think one of the problems New Order had, especially with Bernard and Stephen, was they were reluctant to visit the old material," he said. "They sort of settled on a setlist and refused to change it. I always felt like that was such a shame because of the wealth of material (New Order) had. And one of the sad things about New Order, or shall we say the incarnation now, is they don't use the correct instruments and it doesn't sound the same. Maybe they wanted to change the songs, but it doesn't sound as good to me."