Peter Hook, the legendary bassman from Joy Division and New Order has just released his critically acclaimed account of those Joy Division years, Unknown Pleasures. The book is a great read- funny and poignant and really evokes the era of the classic band.

We asked him for his top ten favourite albums…

Lou Reed – Berlin
The most melancholy album of all time, brings a lump to my throat every time I hear it, beautiful.

Nico – Chelsea Girls
Wonderful orchestration by John Cale, some of the edgiest music I have ever heard.

Ian Dury – New Boots & Panties
A great wordsmith, and this LP is what LPs are all about, you lose yourself into another world.

Everything Everything – Man Alive

Modern music at its best, it draws from the best Manchester has to offer and comes up with something completely new.

Led Zeppelin- III
One of my favourite rock/folk albums ever

John Cale – Paris 1919
Chilling to listen to, really sets your teeth on edge.

Malcolm Mclaren – Madame Butterfly
I put this in because I heard it the other day and it reminds me of a wonderful night at the opera in Birmingham, but Malcolm did this so well, he was a genius…

Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks
This is where it all started for me, will always hold a very very big place in my heart and in my ears.

Iggy & The Stooges – Metallic KO
The best live rock album ever made in my opinion, to hear the glass crashing is fantastic, reminds me of early gigs of my own.

Joy Division – Closer
The only album I’ve ever done that I can sit and listen to myself for pleasure, it really is a beautiful record.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. What a complete tool — names one of his own albums as one of top ten favorite. This guy is such a clown now. No one is interested in his lame feud with New Order and his constant attempts to exploit a singer who died decades ago. Grow up dude. Only good thing he’s done since late 80s was to produce Elephant Stone (and the Roses never felt he got that one right!)

    • You wouldn’t happen to be Bernard, would you? Peter is just stating his favorite albums. He is not saying they are the best of all time. His favorites. That’s it. Why shouldn’t a man be proud of his accomplishments?

    • If no one is interested in his lame feud, then why do you even bring it up? Not mentioned anywhere except your comment, and now mine ;)

  2. Considering Tim Wright died recently,it would be an appropriate time for Peter Hook to acknowledge having built a lucrative career off his sound.I haven’t read ‘Head On’ for 15 years,but I will always remember Julian Copes response to the suggestion that Warsaw were getting good.’I’d saunter in,listen to their new Pere Ubu bass sound,agree in principle and leave’.But what am I expecting?Self-awareness?


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