Imagine gutting out a building for a new business venture, a situation where you don’t know if it’s going to be successful or not and stumbling on a briefcase filled with a million dollars. That is more or less what happened when world famous chef Jamie Oliver was cleaning out a basement of a renovating building in Manchester the other day.
Together with a collection of guns and jewelry, Oliver discovered a case filled with master tapes containing recordings by Joy Division and New Order. Was this building formerly the restaurant where Tony Wilson signed the Factory Records mission statement in his own blood, as depicted by Steve Coogan in “24 Hour Party People”? Was the basement late producer Martin Hannett’s secret stash area? Is this an elaborate hoax a la that Canadian baker who claimed his long lost demo was an unfinished Radiohead song?
According to Holy Moly, the haul is worth 1.1 million pounds, which he turned into the British treasury. With any luck, Peter Hook will eventually get a hold of the tapes and release a collection of Joy Division/New Order outtakes titled “In the Studio with Peter Hook and a Bunch of Twats.”
Check out New Order performing their first post-Joy Division single, “Ceremony.”
New Order – “Ceremony”