We used to think that the day would never come. Sumner hits the big 60 today. Gen-Xers are feeling really old. 20-somethings are like “Who?”. Bernard Edward Sumner (born January 4, 1956) is an English musician, singer and songwriter.
He was a founding member of both Joy Division in the 1970s and New Order in the 1980s.
Joy Division was the first band to be given the name “Gothic” in the press. That’s a milestone as it is, but that was just the beginning for Benard.
After singer Ian Curtis committed suicide, Bernard Sumner then advocated that the band regroup as New Order and move the sound towards electronica and synthpop. Sumner is widely credited in advancing UK dance music and the popularisation and technological advancement of sequencers.
In the early 1990s he recorded with Johnny Marr as Electronic. New Order regrouped in 2014 without Peter Hook. They released an album in 2015 called Music Complete. We included tracks from the album in our radio station’s new music rotation.
Despite his influential status, he remains a reticent character who rarely gives interviews. So when we stumbled across this BBC Radio 5 Live interview we just had to share it on BangWave for Sumner’s 60th Birthday. The audio quality is a little off but we enjoyed listening to it and we think you will too!
The interview occurred in September 2014. They discuss his new autobiography, his split with Peter Hook and Ian Curtis’ suicide. Great stuff.