Bernard Sumner: “I think Hooky resented the fact he wasn’t the singer in New Order”

Bernard Sumner looks back to Joy Division and his childhood, and forward to upcoming New Order work, in the new issue of Uncut, dated November 2014 (Take 210) and out now.

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Bernard Sumner looks back to Joy Division and his childhood, and forward to upcoming New Order work, in the new issue of Uncut, dated November 2014 (Take 210) and out now.

In the interview, Sumner explains why Peter Hook acrimoniously quit the group in 2007, suggesting that he was jealous of the attention Sumner received as frontman.

“I think he resented the fact that he wasn’t the singer in New Order,” says Sumner. “I didn’t fight for the role – it was Rob [Gretton, manager] who decided I should be the singer, and I’m always up for a challenge.

“I just thought, ‘OK, why not? Maybe I’ll learn something.’ I think Hooky likes attention.”

The new issue of Uncut is out now.


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