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Born: January 4, 1956
Biography: 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. [Read more via AllMusic here]