Bernard Sumner, also known as Bernard Albrecht or Bernard Dicken (Broughton, January 4, 1956), is a British guitarist, keyboardist and singer.
He was in 1977 one of the two founders of the Joy Division group together with Peter Hook: in the group he will play the electric guitar and the synthesizer. Of New Order, the group born from the ashes of Joy Division, he will also be lyricist and singer. His singing, which in the first New Order album was very reminiscent of Ian Curtis's, will divide fans of the old band.During his career he will use various surnames: Sumner is his birth surname, while Dicken is the surname of his godfather.
He married on October 28, 1978 to Sue Barlow but, just like his colleague Peter Hook, he will divorce shortly thereafter.
Passionate about rock music and electronic music, he boasts some collaborations: among these the Electronic project with Johnny Marr of the Smiths, an appearance with the Chemical Brothers, with whom he sings in the single Out of Control (1999) and with Primal Scream (2000) . In 2009 he formed Bad Lieutenant together with Jake Evans and Phil Cunningham, the latter already in the New Order.
The character Sumner was portrayed in two films. John Simm played him in the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People, which told the story of Factory Records. In the film on the biography of Ian Curtis, Control, the role of him was entrusted to the actor James Anthony Pearson.
(Singles in which Bernard Sumner collaborated as a singer or guitarist)
808 State - "Spanish Heart" (vocals, 1991)
Sub Sub feat: Bernard Sumner - "This Time I'm Not Wrong" (vocals / guitar, 1997)
Chemical Brothers - "Out Of Control" (vocals / guitar, 1999)
Primal Scream - "Shoot Speed Kill Light" (guitar, 2000)
Blank & Jones feat. Bernard Sumner - "Miracle Cure" (vocals, 2008)
Hot Chip, Hot City and Bernard Sumner - "Didn't Know What Love Was" (vocals / synths, 2010)
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(EN) Bernard Sumner, in Encyclopedia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
Bernard Sumner, on Goodreads.
(EN) Bernard Sumner (music for video games and anime), on VGMdb.net.
Bernard Sumner, on Last.fm, CBS Interactive.
Bernard Sumner, on AllMusic, All Media Network.
Bernard Sumner / Bernard Dicken / Bernard Sumner (other version), on Discogs, Zink Media.
Bernard Sumner, on MusicBrainz, MetaBrainz Foundation.
Bernard Sumner, on WhoSampled.
(EN) Bernard Sumner, on SecondHandSongs.
Bernard Sumner, on the Internet Movie Database, IMDb.com.
Bernard Sumner, on Internet Broadway Database, The Broadway League.
New Order & Joy Division site, on neworderonline.com.
Short biography from the JoyDiv.org site, on joydiv.org.
Bernard Sumner @ Joy Division - The Eternal, on enkiri.com.