A Higher Order

DEIRDRE O'CALLAHAN

ODE TO JOY: New Order, from left: Hook, Morris, Sumner and Cunningham

Bernard Sumner could easily be mistaken for a software programmer or bookshop owner. In an untucked polo shirt and faded jeans, he looks relaxed — comfortable, even. This is hardly the demeanor devotees expect of a man celebrated not only as a hugely influential force in post-punk music, but also as the co-creator of some of the most deliciously gloomy tracks ever to chart. Yet, after 25 years as guitarist and front man for the band New Order, Sumner is entitled to kick back. Emerging in 1980 from Manchester's new-wave legends Joy Division, New Order pillaged and adapted rock and pop...

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