It’s fitting that Peter Hook’s nickname is Hooky, as his greatest basslines are just that – hooky and eminently melodic. However, he developed his unique style through necessity. During Joy Division‘s early days, the need to simply hear himself above the band’s primitive amplifiers led him to creating many of his most iconic basslines by playing high up the neck of his instrument. Later, when New Order embraced new technology, Hook again adapted by layering his trademark counterpoint melodies on top of the sequenced basslines underpinning many of the best New Order songs. A true original, we pay tribute to the ace of bass by selecting the ten best Peter Hook basslines.
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10: Joy Division: New Dawn Fades (1979)
Peter Hook levers up a lumbering giant of a bassline which provides the backbone of Unknown Pleasures’ greatest ballad. Its rich, warm sound was achieved by Hook playing his part through the 100-watt Marshall lead amp wired for bass, and which he used when Joy Division were writing all the songs for the album, but his bassline’s strength is its very simplicity. “My trademark in the early days was playing the same bassline right the way through the whole song,” Hook told Louder in 2017. “Everybody else would move round it, so this song is like that.”