20 September 2010Foruli Editions
The hand-bound volumes come in three distinct sets - Standard, Deluxe and Ultimate - complete with newly recorded exclusive tunes on 10" vinyl and various pieces of the Hacienda itself.
Hooky explained the book, the bits and the tunes to Cerysmatic at the recent press launch:
"When the idea for the book was mooted to me - the rights belong to the publisher - I thought that it was just shameless cashing in and that they're gonna go mad about this, like you always do. And what happened was that Matt came to me and asked me if I wanted to get involved. So I said "In what way?" and he said "Well, if there is anything you want to put in it we can do that". I'd found the bar top and then, because the dancefloor has always been so popular with people buying pieces of it, the idea for putting those in came about. I used to have all the bar tops and I gave half of it to my mate and he fitted it in a bathroom in South Manchester. So some bathroom in South Manchester - and they don't even know - has actually got the Hacienda's bar top as the floor! I don't know where it is and he can't remember where he did it."
"The thing was, when I saw the book I thought "Oh my god!" because what happened with the (original) book was, you know, the Hacienda and Factory have got such a rich graphic image and there's so much you could use and there's so much you could do with it and the same with New Order and Joy Division, when I did the book I thought "Oh, it's actually quite plain, it's just a book". It doesn't use any of the images. And what he did was do the pages like this and it just looked fantastic and I thought, oh my god that is how I wanted it to look. Now, I can't make people buy it can I!? If people don't wanna buy it then it doesn't matter. They will languish..."
"The idea for the record came about simply because the whole thing is so musical that it should have music in it. He didn't wanna license existing tracks so thought fuck it I'll do some tracks for it. I'd been playing on the Unknown Pleasures tour with Howard and playing the instrumental tracks which I was really enjoying so I thought I'd put them on. And he said "You should do four". So, I'd always wanted to use the Vikings theme for a long time. When New Order split up it was an incredibly isolating experience, like a divorce, all of a sudden you're on your own. And as soon as I was on my own, The Vikings, the New Order fans, came to see me straight away. And I was really touched that I had quite a bit of support even though it was quite apparently broken and the mothership was still limping along. I always wanted to do a track for them. I thought we've got one track left: I Am A Viking!"
With thanks to Angie Klein.
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".
- extract from the official website biography