Peter Hook Did Not Sing On 'Doubts Even Here'

Written by Monkey Woods

Saturday, 20 April 2019

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A man in Hull has said he doesn't believe the claim that bassist Peter Hook sang the vocals on the track, Doubts even here' on the 1981 New Order debut album, 'Movement'.

In other words, he has doubts about 'Doubts even here'.

New Order rose from the ashes of Joy Division, after the death, by suicide, of vocalist, Ian Curtis, in May 1980. The singer's death came on the eve of an American tour, and would have been the end of many bands. New Order rose to the challenge.

Their first album, 'Movement' is a transition between Joy Division and what New Order would become a couple of years later.

Track 7 on the album, 'Doubts even here' is, it's claimed everywhere you look, sung by Peter Hook. I'm not sure why. Internet searches tell us that all three remaining members of Joy Division - Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and Stephen Morris - were considered for the vocalist role, with Sumner getting the nod.

For track 7, however, Hook sang, or so we are led to believe. Track 1, 'Dreams never end' is also attributed to Hook. I believe the vocals on track 7, and possibly track 1, were, in fact, sung by Ian Curtis.

Don't be fooled by recording or release dates; it's easy to deceive people. It's my opinion that some of the things that eventually appear on 'Movement' were recorded - or, at least, written - before May 1980. Readers can decide for themselves by listening to the track. Curtis had a very distinctive voice, and a certain 'presence'. He seems, on some tracks, to exist 'above' the music the band are playing. Hook, with all due respect, is not Curtis.

For many years, the track was avoided during live concert performances. More recently, however, Hook and his band, the Light, have played it. Hook, as a singer, is lightweight; Curtis was a super-heavyweight.

Quite why New Order or their manager, Rob Gretton, would have taken this deceptive route is unclear. Perhaps they hoped to create a controversy which never materialised.

Unfortunately, it's probably something we'll never know.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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