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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Joy Division's Peter Hook Forces S.F.'s Hacienda Club Night to Change Name

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 5:09 PM

The original Hacienda in Manchester: No longer to be confused with a certain S.F. club night.
  • The original Hacienda in Manchester: No longer to be confused with a certain S.F. club night.

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. 

As of this week, the Haçienda night at Deco Lounge is no longer "Haçienda." This Saturday, it'll be called Rançhería. Why? 

After the jump, we have a cease-and-desist letter from Hook's agent that will explain it all very clearly.

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

The Hacienda.

If this action is not taken and confirmed by email to myself and Hooky

at, 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.

James Masters

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.

Anyway, Rançhería, as it will be known at least temporarily, will feature and Tristes Tropiques this Saturday. Organizer Josh Widmann says the night will showcase "basically the same acid/new beat/italo/kraut/detroit techno grooves" it always has.

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