Primal Scream bass player Mani issued an abject apology to Peter Hook last week, just days after quitting the duo’s joint project Freebass following a tirade of vicious insults he posted on Twitter including calling the former New Order bassist a ‘talentless nostalgia fuckwit whore’.
"I wish to apologise unreservedly to Peter Hook and his family regarding comments made on a social networking site which was totally out of character for me,” Mani said in a statement. “It was a venomous, spiteful reaction to a lot of things that are going on in my life right now and I chose to vent my frustrations and anger at one of my true friends in this filthy business, and ventured into territory which was none of my concern,” he added.
“The Freebass thing has tipped me over the edge and became the focus of my bilious rants,” the erstwhile Stones Roses star continued. “Twenty two years of being tripped up, face down in the mud and being kicked in the face with an iron boot will do that to the most stable of men. I hope I haven’t blown a great friendship forever. Sorry Pete."
"I hope I'm not turning into a bitter and twisted old rocker, that's not what I'm about as anybody who knows the real me will be happy to confirm,” Mani added.
Hooky was impressively magnanimous for the second time since his off/on Freebass colleague’s Twitter tirade, responding ‘Mani is a great friend of mine and he always will be’.
“I have the upmost respect for him as a person and a musician,” he continued. “Have none of you lot ever fallen out with somebody you love?”
Flying off to Australia several days later, Hooky otherwise maintained a low media profile despite his publicists unveiling details of the upcoming release of several ‘strictly limited’ special editions of his recent autobiography ‘The Haçienda: How Not To Run A Club”, all of which come with unusual memorabilia.
Buyers snapping up one of the 400 ‘Standard’ editions will receive a ‘mounted piece of The Haçienda’s legendary dance floor’ while the 100 who purchase the Deluxe edition will receive a piece of the floor and a bit of the club’s granite bar top. Whoever buys the ‘Ultimate edition’ (which is limited to just two copies) gets the dancefloor and bar bits plus ‘one of only six handmade custom FAC51 Haçienda bass guitars’, the press release promises.
“The idea of doing a limited edition book came as a shock at first but when you see how beautiful the packages are and the obvious respect that has gone into creating them they really evoke and bring to life the original graphic identity and ethos of the Haçienda,” said Hooky (in the book’s accompanying press release).
“The club’s design and identity was always funded with no thought of expense,” he continued. “Whether one person or a thousand saw it, it prioritised Art well above Money. Foruli have managed to immortalise my original book with these special editions and I have to say I’m delighted with the result. They are what I can only call works of art.”
No details are yet available as to how much each edition will cost.