Mani accuses Peter Hook of ‘living off Ian Curtis’ money’ as Freebass split

Bassist rants on Twitter as the group break up before album release

Primal Scream bassist Mani has lambasted former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook, accusing him of “living off Ian Curtis‘ blood money”.

Freebass, the band the pair were in earlier this year, have also announced their split.

Mani posted a host of outbursts on his Twitter account,, attacking Hook for supposedly exploiting his past glories. Hook recently performed a series of shows where he played Joy Division‘s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ album in its entirety.

“Three things visible from space, Great Wall Of China, Peter Hook‘s wallet stuffed with Ian Curtis‘ blood money, Man City‘s empty trophy cabinet!” he tweeted, adding: “I’ve actually got an ongoing career, so I don’t feel the need to exploit my past glories. I exist in the here and the now.”

He also slated Freebass – the project formed by Hook, Mani and former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke – who have split before their album is released on September 20. Rourke quit the band last month.

“It’s where it belongs mate… in the fucking bargain bin before it’s even released,” he wrote. “You live and learn.”

He also confirmed that he is returning to his day job with Primal Scream, adding: “I’m getting back with the ‘real’ players tomorrow, thank fuck. Can’t be doing with talentless nostalgia fuckwit whores.”

Freebass released a statement to NME announcing the dissolution of the band. The statement read: “It is with great sadness that just prior to the long-awaited album release of ‘It’s A Beautiful Life’ we have to announce that the much anticipated Mancunian union of bassists, Freebass, is no longer a functioning group.”

The statement continued: “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 band would like to take the opportunity to thanks friends and fans for their support and interest, especially on the UK tour in June 2010. We also hope that people will enjoy the album, which concludes five years of work, and treat it on its own merits. No third parties were involved or harmed in the break-up.”