Break-Ups — September 10, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Freebass blows up, Mani accuses Peter Hook of ‘hawking his mate’s corpse around to get paid’

Freebass, circa 2010 (Gary Mounfield, Peter Hook Gary Briggs)

The long-planned triple-bass supergroup Freebass — which already lost Andy Rourke of The Smiths earlier this summer — has imploded on the eve of the belated CD release of its debut album, with Gary “Mani” Mounfield of The Stone Roses unloading on Peter Hook via Twitter.

The band posted a statement on its official Thursday announcing the break-up, saying, “Recent events have made Freebass entirely unviable as a band, and with this in mind, it has been decided that the project should be shelved, rather than placed on hiatus while members pursue their other interests.”

The real fireworks, though, came on Twitter, where Mounfield — who has since deleted his @maniscream account — accused Hook of profiting off the death of his former Joy Division bandmate Ian Curtis (the bassist has been playing Unknown Pleasures on tour) and announced he would be devoting his own musical energies to Primal Scream full time.

According to The Guardian, here’s a selection of Mani’s Hook-slamming tweets:

“3 things visible from space, great wall of china, peter hooks wallet stuffed with ian Curtis blood money, man citys empty trophy cabinet!”

“used to adore the man, now he’s a self centred sellout reduced to hawking his mates corpse around to get paid. And he can’t play”

“either personally or professionally. ever wondered why im universally loved, and another manc ex legend in his own mind is despised by most.”

“we were all laughing behind his back watching the stupid wank struggle to do the same old shit he’s done for the last 30 years !!”

After years of talk, Freebass finally emerged earlier this year, releasing its debut EP, Two Worlds Collide, in March, followed by a full-length album, It’s a Beautiful Life, in April. Both were issued digitally, but Two Worlds Collide has since come out on CD and It’s a Beautiful Life is due out on CD in the U.K. on Sept. 20 and in the U.S. in December.

The band played live dates in England earlier this summer, but by then Rourke already was gone, leaving a core trio of Hook, Mounfield and Haven singer Gary Briggs.



  1. I was on the verge of tipping you off on this, but figured you’d be on top of it (I first read it on neworderonline). I don’t even know what to say about all the crap going on post-New Order. Mani is a bit of a hypocrite, though, for accusing Hooky of doing nothing more than living in the past. Meanwhile, he’s rehearsing all of PS’s Scremadelica from ’91 to play in its entirety live. How is that any different? I hate when people, especially musicians, slap expiration dates on music. Oh, and didn’t Peter just start a new band a few years ago and make new music with Mani? Did he already forget?

  2. whether mani is a bit of a hypocrite or not he’s obviously pissed and there is obviously a bit more to it than we can presume. all i can say is “welp. that was that.”

  3. Peter Hook was a member of Joy Division and has every right to perform any J.D. song ever written. Keeping Ian Curtis alive is ONLY a good thing. Peter Hook is the greatest bass player ever – he’s like a thrilling shark attack (without leaving a bloody victim behind)every time he hits the stage or a recording.

  4. Peter hook = money grubbing
    I called it before, no Bernard no unknown plesure.
    Ian must be turning in his grave.
    And all the blind devotion for hooky still does not make his massacre of a great album, and memory, a legit effort of artistic integrity

  5. as much as i appreciate EVERY ounce of Joy Division and New Order and even though i think Hooky is a great, innovative bassist he is FAR, FAR from the “greatest bass player ever.” Yes, it’s my opinion, but it’s a strong one.

  6. Steven Severin and Hooky should work together. What an album that would be.

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