Peter Hook

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Peter Hook (born February 13, 1956 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England) was the bass player for the hugely influential British post-punk/goth band Joy Division and later New Order.

When bassist for Joy Division Hook was described as "a bass player who thought he was playing lead guitar." and Hook's unique style of bass playing continued while in New Order. Hook also contributed backing vocals on numerous Joy Division songs and sang lead on two New Order songs (Dreams Never End and Doubts Even Here from the 1981 LP Movement).

With New Order's ever increasing use of sequenced synthesized bass, especially throughout most of 1989's Technique album, Hook's bass playing became ever more melodic and rhythmic, sounding more like a baritone guitar than a bass.

Hook also recorded two albums each with the bands Revenge and Monaco (both as bassist and lead vocalist), the latter of which scored a club and alternative-radio hit What Do You Want From Me? in 1997. Starting in the late 1980s, Hook also worked as a producer for bands such as Inspiral Carpets and The Stone Roses. In 2003 he contributed his distinctive bass to a number of tracks on Hybrid's album Morning Sci-Fi, including the single "True to Form".

Hook's marriage to comedienne Caroline Aherne ended in divorce.


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