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My Prog Hero: New Order bassist Peter Hook on Tony McPhee of Groundhogs

How the former New Order bassist got floored by the high-strung antics of Tony McPhee

“I’ve listened to a lot of prog rock in my time. As a kid – we’re going back to Salford, 1968, when I’m about 12 – you’re always looking for something exciting and this was one of the phases I went through. It started with Wishbone Ash and Curved Air… but one of my great favourites were Groundhogs. What a wonderful, wonderful guitar sound. They were absolutely revolutionary at the time. My favourite album of theirs is Split.


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