It’s one of those hard to believe stories, but celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has stumbled across long lost Joy Division and New Order master tapes stashed along with gold, jewels and guns in Manchester, England. Workers dug up the hidden stash while excavating the basement of Oliver’s latest restaurant site which was formerly a bank. Besides the priceless master tapes, the collection of guns, gold and gems is reportedly worth over a million pounds.
Holy Moly reports Oliver turned over the guns, jewels, gold, Joy Division and New Order master tapes to England’s Treasury. It’s likely to be some time before the public sees or hears any of the secret stash as they are likely to be involved in a protracted legal process to determine who owns the found items. Hopefully the tapes can be separated from the rest as their legal ownership can be proven, unlike the ‘buried treasure’.
Members of Joy Division formed New Order after the suicide of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. Blending New Wave and electronic music, New Order became one of the most critically acclaimed and highly influential bands of the 1980s. Wikipedia reports ‘”the band’s 1983 hit Blue Monday is still the best-selling 12-inch single of all time”. New Order’s minimalist image included mostly plain album sleeves and an aversion to including singles as album tracks. The band rarely gave interviews and were known for performing short concert sets with no encores. New Order is currently touring the U.K. and headlining at this year’s Bestival Festival on the Isle of Wight. Enjoy these New Order and Joy Division favorites: