Insight - Peter Hook & The Light* - The Hebden Bridge Tapes (8~9~10 December 2014) (CDr, Album, Albu
Label: Abbey Road Studios - none • Format: 2x, CDr Album 2x, CDr Album 2x, CDr Album CDr Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Post-Punk
Photo above by Paul Clarke — as are those below. There Alone Together - Patricia Barber - Split some albums that manage to capture the musical zeitgeist in a credible way whilst still selling squillions of copies and Low-Life was one of those.
It seemed fitting for Hooky and the Light to end their romp through his rich back catalogue in party mode with a room full of Hacienda and Ibiza veterans. You could feel the love in the room, but minus the chemical enhancements on a school night, which made the visceral reaction to the music even more moving. This three night run though six albums has taken us from the industrial wastelands of s Manchester through to the hedonism of the Balearics, and what we have learnt is Albu Joy Division remain the greatest of Northern bands, but out of tragedy emerged a band that was just as good.
Over the last five years Hooky has reasserted his right to play these songs and The Light are no mere backing band as they not only recreate the songs but breathe new life into them. You know it is a quality set when you can throw a classic single like Thieves Like Us as the third song, and it just builds from there with the Albu Scene Queen (Read Between The Lines) - Fed Up - 2004-2009 Discography of raver arm waving as they hit Bizarre Love Triangle.
It says something about how good they were at this time that neither track appeared on an album. Low-Life remains a classic and they do it Albu here. Love Vigilantes draws us in before another gem in The Perfect Kiss. Not so, as the gang went out on a natural high as True Faith took the fortysomethings right back to FAC 51 mouthing the words with arms reaching to the sky.
This is why people go to gigs because we need and want that sense of community with perfect strangers which Hooky understands. As a special treat they ended Insight - Peter Hook & The Light* - The Hebden Bridge Tapes (8~9~10 December 2014) (CDr Love Will Tear Us Apart which turned into a singalong, but also served as a thank you to the band for a great night.
Some people had jetted in from Album Africa and Australia for these three nights so it is testament to the greatness of Curtis, Sumner, Morris, Gilbert and Mr Hook that with 80 songs played over the three nights there was not one duff track.
Hooky always looked like the only one in New Order who actually liked playing live and he brings that energy to this project while showing the right amount of respect to the contributions of his lost friends. But best of all, Peter Hook and The Light entertain, while still retaining their own integrity and that of the music. All words and photos by Paul Clarke. Hooky has no more right to play these songs than New Order. Hooky is a very different singer from Sumner, and his voice does not suit the New Order material, which might be why Potts sings several New Order songs in the sets.
His voice is in a different key with a lower range, and sounds like a badly overdubbed TV Ne Gondold - Illés - Nehéz Az Út (Illés Story Exmusic) when singing some of the material designed for a different singer with a higher range.
The Peel Session versions are much better and clearer. Smaller is not automatically beautiful, and bigger not necessarily better. At least Hook sings lead on several early NO songs and Syran Mbenza - Symbiose on near enough every other one. The youngest song over these three nights is still 27 years old. What no one can deny is The Light work hard, play long sets, have a huge bank of songs, and play their hearts out.
Mark Reed- you have left a typo in your comment. Why people have to knock Hooky is nothing more than illegal. The fact that his gigs sell out for me means that people are willing to pay in their droves to see and hear these albums, however old, in their entirety. Including new material. But just playing old-old-old stuff seems deeply cynical to me. New Order do play quite a lot of non-hits, and have also played two new songs as well. As some of us get older we are less precious about authenticity and are just happy to have a good night out.
And Peter Hook and the Light Album like a good night out from the get-go and thus it proved once again at Album Bridge. The much vaunted intimacy was a little unnerving. Like a character breaking the fourth wall during a film. This was my first full JD night with the Light and I was somewhat taken back at just how intense and effecting the rendition of Closer was.
I would not therefore describe the experience as without force, void or foundation as in invalid. JD was dominated by one personality whereas the forced impersonality of Movement created a teutonic, monolythic atmosphere which made it a Krautrock classic.
I appreciate that a certain edge may Insight - Peter Hook & The Light* - The Hebden Bridge Tapes (8~9~10 December 2014) (CDr been lost improvisationally live but edge with New Order more often than not meant shambolically played. A professional, polished performance has its virtues too, including some thumping bass and guitar Gadi Chale Hai Aari Aari - Various - Popular Songs of Rajasthan-Vol1 building up in layers.
The three nights were a real gift which made me wish life could be like this all the time. The only off putting aspect was Hook insulting his audience numerous times.
Never a good idea even in jest. Never denied that! And why just those shows? Just weak willed, I guess. Oddly enough because the shows are all over the Internet! So I am puzzled as to that reasoning. I go to get swept away in the emotion of some of the greatest music of all time.
But each to their own, as you say. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Friday, December 27, Louder Than War.
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