from Manchester, England
January 4, 1956 (age 65)
With the legendary post-punk outfit Joy Division, guitarist Bernard Sumner stood behind the formidable shadow of singer/songwriter Ian Curtis. After Curtis hanged himself on May 18, 1980, the future of Joy Division seemed to have followed Curtis into the grave. However, it was actually another beginning for the band. Dumping the name Joy Division, the group reformed several months later as New Order with Sumner filling in the vacancy for vocalist. At first, Sumner sang with Curtis' brooding tone, but by the time New Order recorded 1983's Power, Corruption and Lies, Sumner formed his own icy, detached style of singing that was still mimicked by synth pop acts decades later. New Order, like Joy Division, became one of new wave's most influential bands. In 1991, Sumner and former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr collaborated as Electronic. Originally intended to be a Sumner solo effort, Electronic's self-titled debut unreeled four hits on alternative radio -- Getting Away With It, Get the Message, Tighten Up, and Feel Every Beat. On Feel Every Beat, Sumner even rapped for the first time; it was an artistic risk, and fans either applauded it or condemned it. Sumner and Marr recorded two more albums as Electronic, but fickle music buyers largely ignored them. After a long hiatus in the '90s, New Order completed a new album in 2001. ~ Michael Sutton, Rovi
Interview with Bernard Sumner of New Order
Electronic 1991 EPK - Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner In Conversation
New Order - Bernard Sumner can't sing!! True or False ??
Bernard Sumner - Prozac Diary Documentary, BBC2 1995
New Order front man Bernard Sumner hits out at mental health funding for young people
Electronic - Get The Message (Official Music Video) [HD Upgrade]
Bernard Sumner Love Will Tear Us Apart (Acoustic)
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