Perhaps I shouldn't be shocked to the degree that I am by these quotes I just unearthed via google, but I AM surprised (and thrilled) by the sheer *amount* of credit this half of New Order heaps on Mr. Peel:
"He was the only support we had in the beginning - they were very cold and lonely days, and I've got an awful feeling that there'll be a lot of very lonely, cold, days without him." - Peter Hook
"It's a really sad moment - for music, for radio, for groups in general. I'd hate to be in a new group starting out without John Peel." - Peter Hook
"If it wasn't for John Peel, there would be no Joy Division and no New Order." - Bernard Sumner
The fact that Mr. Sumner thinks so means something, but I wonder how true this bold statement really is? Do you agree/disagree with him?