27 June 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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Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.

Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".

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