Peter Hook, founding member of both Joy Division and New Order, will be playing live tonight in Lisbon at Centro Cultural de Belém. Together with his band, The Light, he will be covering the whole of Joy Division’s first album, “Unknown Pleasures”.
This gig is part of a whole tour which has taken Peter Hook & The Light to many stages worldwide. The man who took bass playing to new heights is strongly committed in reviving live the legacy of two of the most important bands in the history of modern music.
After this tour, focused on “Unknown Pleasures”, but where we will have the opportunity to listen to further songs by Joy Division, Peter Hook will be focusing on two of the best albums of New Order’s career, e.g. “Movement” and “Power Corruption and Lies”.
The fist gigs of his new live venture are scheduled for January 17 at Koko in London, the place formerly known as Camden Palace and a true heaven for the new romantic and post punk generation, and at Cathedral, on January 18 in Manchester, the city where the remarkable sound of Joy Division and later New Order was generated.
For those who do not have the oppotunity to attend the “Unknown Pleasures” show or wish to retain the memory of that gig, Peter Hook & the Light has promised to release a live DVD of their concert at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, recorded on November 19, 2011 featuring this great version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart”.
Soulwax, also known to the dance community as 2ManyDJs have released one of the best tributes to David Bowie so far. “Dave” is an incredible mix of sound and vision of the man’s songs, a great reminder and a fabulous introduction to Bowie’s songs for the generation of this new millennium.
David Bowie would have loved “Dave”, the tribute video and mix by Belgian band and DJs soulwax. In one hour the two DJs have managed to cleverly mix Bowie’s most iconic tracks from “Fame” to “All the Young dudes” taking us on a true journey through the sound of David Bowie. After doing a number of Bowie mashups in their gigs, they now released what is so far the best compilation mixing Bowie tracks making us take to the dancefloor. For those who know the man’s work this is a fabulous reminder of his body of work, a clever mix of songs featuring also some great remixes. “Let’s Dance” is one of the most striking examples: The remix adds some beats that remind of us of “I Feel Love” and by doing so they provided a true 21st Century Mix to that popular Bowie song. Transitions from track to track are once again a proof of these Belgian DJs’ talent. See the transition from “Fame” to “Starman” and then to “Always Crashing in the Same Car” or the transition from “Under Pressure” to the generation hymn “Heroes”. This mix, according to Soulwax, is “our homage to the man whose ability to change whilst remaining himself has been a massive influence on us. There are many legends in the music industry but for us, there is no greater than the mighty Dave. We’ve included all things Bowie, whether that is original songs, covers, backing vocals, production work or reworks we made, to attempt to give you the full scope of the man’s genius.”
Soulwax did not focus on the music alone. Considering David Bowie’s visual legacy they made a one hour film with model Hannelore Knuts in Thin White Luke-like attire who takes us through a one trip at the sound of Bowie’s songs. Directed by Wim Reygaert, the film leads the absolutely cool looking Hannelore through a hotel where she meets characters resembling to the likes of Iggy Pop, William S. Burroughs, Freddie Mercury or Tony Visconti. Clever tributes to the man should take into account both the sound and vision dimension of the man. That was particularly the case of LuxFrágil in Lisbon, a huge three-storey club where 2ManyDJs have played more than once, and that hosted a Bowie hommage party combining both elements: while a number of DJs played Bowie songs images compiled and mixed by José Pinheiro, one of Portugal’s best music video directors, were displayed to the delight of a crowd that cleverly dressed for the occasion. “Dave” is a true voyage through sound and vision, providing the right imagery to the man’s legacy, a document for you to retain and show your kids, friends and next of kin. A true tutorial to the work of David Bowie.
Carlos Tomé Sousa