Published Feb 14, 2012When celebrity chef Jamie Oliver bought an old bank building in Manchester with plans to turn it into a restaurant, there's no way that he could have known that he'd be sitting on a musical goldmine. But that's exactly what Oliver's workers found when they uncovered old Joy Division and New Order master tapes in the basement.
The tapes were hidden in a safety deposit box beneath the old bank, according to the Huffington Post. There were reportedly hundreds of boxes, and attempts to find the owners were unsuccessful, so the Bank of England used drills to open them up. In addition to the musical riches, they found more than a million dollars worth of treasures including gold, jewelry and a gun.
Here's an added twist: you might recall that, a few years ago, bassist Peter Hook blamed some shoddy New Order reissues on a lack of proper masters. Is it possible that the problem occurred because the originals master tapes were sitting in the basement of Jamie Oliver's restaurant? We're not sure, but here's hoping that the tapes make their way back into New Order's hands.