Peter Hook covers The Fall’s ‘Totally Wired’ in tribute to Mark E Smith

"We banged heads many times, but I had great admiration for him"

Former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook has covered The Fall‘s ‘Totally Wired’ in tribute to the late Mark E Smith. Check it out below.

Hook was in session with his band The Light for Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music when he honoured fellow Manchester punk veteran with a rendition of the 1980 classic.

“I just wanted to dedicate this last song to Mark E Smith,” said Hook. “He was absolutely unique at what he did. We banged heads many times, but I had great admiration for him. I had great respect for him as a musician.”

Hooky continued: “He was so hard-working. He believed completely in what he did. He was a true punk. He didn’t care what anybody else thought and I think he’s going to be very, very sadly missed.”

The seminal punk icon passed away back in January. His ex-wife and former bandmate Brix Smith Start appeared at the VO5 NME Awards 2018 in his honour to pay tribute.
Paying tribute to Smith, Brix Smith Start told NME: “Mark was absolutely true unto himself. People always say push the envelope, but for Mark E Smith there was no envelope. He was creating from a place of absolute artistic purity – it was a place that was true to him. The thought of having his voice silenced after all these years is so upsetting to me.

“He was not formally educated, he was not coming from a muso school – he was the opposite of that. He was a brilliant poet, probably one of the best.”

As well as speaking and performing at the Rock N’ Roll Book Club in Walthamstow tomorrow night before a string of summer festival appearances, Peter Hook & The Light will be heading out on tour later this year to play New Order’s ‘Technique’ and ‘Republic’ in full. Full dates are below and tickets are on sale here.

Friday September 28 – LONDON, KOKO
Saturday September 29 – MANCHESTER, Albert Hall
Sunday September 30 – GLASGOW, O2 ABC