• On This Day •
On this day back in 1956 Bernard Sumner was born.
Bernard was a founding member of the post-punk band Joy Division, a band whose tracks are still as relevant and loved just as much as they were back in the late ’70s. The band released two albums ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’. Sadly frontman Ian Curtis took his own life just two months before the release of their second album ‘Closer’.
Bernard Sumner stepped to the front with the birth of New Order, along with Joy Division‘s Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert also joining on keyboard duties. New Order‘s earlier years were under the shadow of Ian Curtis but with the band incorporating dance and electronic elements into their music, New Order found a direction. In 1983 the band released their mega-hit ‘Blue Monday’, the track became the best selling 12″ vinyl single of all-time and is still a staple in the electronic dance scene nearly 40 years later.
New Order have released 10 studio albums with the latest being ‘Music Complete’ which was released and received huge praise back in 2015.
Throughout the ’90’s Bernard also joined forces with The Smiths‘ man Johnny Marr to form the supergroup Electronic. Collaborating also with with Pet Shop Boys duo Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. Jimi Goodwin from Sub Sub and Doves was also part of Electronic during their third and final album ‘Twisted Tenderness’.
Happy birthday Bernard and hopefully we will get news on album #11 in 2020.
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