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