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“Living off Ian Curtis’ blood money”

Uses for Twitter #1084: tell a fellow musician what you really think of him, then apologise (although in this case, we all know it’s way too late for that.) Mani is a bonafide bass legend, having slapped his instrument for Mancsters The Stone Roses, Primal Scream and most recently Freebass – an indie trio made up of himself, The Smiths' Andy Rourke and New Order’s Peter Hook.

Freebase didn’t last long, having just recently disbanded, but in a passing shot to rival a Roger Federer smash, Mani has used the medium of Twitter to have a pop at fellow slapper Peter Hook. Without mincing his words Mani has accused him of ‘living off Ian Curtis' blood money.’ OUCH!

As quick as he was to unleash all hell, Mani has now begged for forgiveness for his cutting choice of words, saying: ‘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. 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.’

Adding: ‘the Freebass thing has tipped me over the edge and became the focus of my bilious rants. 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.’

Of course, a more sceptical hack might accuse him of a PR stunt to help promote their album 'It’s A Beautiful Life' released, September 20th. But not us.

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