Sorry in advance to all of you who thought a former member of Joy Division and New Order would be, like, cool. But forcing a relatively small club night in San Francisco to change its name because it happens to be similar to a long-defunct Manchester nightclub isn't exactly what would qualify as "cool" in our minds. No sir. And unfortunately, that's what Peter Hook and his press agent have done.
Here's the letter in its entirety:
Dear Whosoever is running Hacienda SF
You must cease and desist in the running and promotion of this night
using either the name of the Hacienda or design or artwork which is
owned by the designers and the club.
All links to Fac 51 The Hacienda, the trademark which we entirely own
and also to any other reference to the club must be instantly revoked by
your organisation, including the deletion of your facebook account and
any other references now and in the future to your club being related to
If this action is not taken and confirmed by email to myself and Hooky
at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will look to issue proceeding
on behalf of ourselves and the designers which will be highly
detrimental to you and your standing.
You have no authority to be promoting this night and we hope that you
will see sense and dissolve it immediately. Otherwise we will be forced
to take action as outlined above.
I thank you for your compliance in this matter - I take it that it will
be dealt with promptly and look forward to hearing from you.
Fac 51 The Hacienda / Peter Hook Press Office
Now, we can understand Hooky's folks getting a bit touchy about their designer's artwork. But getting one's panties in a knot because some club night on the other side of the world is using the name Hacienda? That just seems unnecessary.