Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London in 1965. They achieved international acclaim with their psychedelic music. Distinguished by their philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, extended compositions, elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in popular music history. Pink Floyd were founded by students Syd Barrett on guitar and lead vocals, Nick Mason on drums, Roger Waters on bass and vocals, Richard Wright on keyboards and vocals, they gained popularity performing in London's underground music scene during the late 1960s, under Barrett's leadership released two charting singles and a successful debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour joined in December 1967. Waters became the band's primary lyricist and conceptual leader, devising the concepts behind their albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall and The Final Cut; the Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall became two of the best-selling albums of all time.
Following creative tensions, Wright left Pink Floyd in 1979, followed by Waters in 1985. Gilmour and Mason continued as Pink Floyd; the three produced two more albums—A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell —and toured through 1994. After nearly two decades of enmity, Gilmour and Mason reunited with Waters in 2005 to perform as Pink Floyd in London as part of the global awareness event Live 8. Barrett died in 2006, Wright in 2008; the last Pink Floyd studio album, The Endless River, was recorded without Waters and based entirely on unreleased material from The Division Bell recording sessions. Pink Floyd were inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. By 2013, they had sold more than 250 million records worldwide. Roger Waters and Nick Mason met while studying architecture at the London Polytechnic at Regent Street, they first played music together in a group formed by Keith Noble and Clive Metcalfe with Noble's sister Sheilagh.
Richard Wright, a fellow architecture student, joined that year, the group became a sextet, Sigma 6. Waters played lead guitar, Mason drums, Wright rhythm guitar; the band performed at private functions and rehearsed in a tearoom in the basement of the Regent Street Polytechnic. They performed songs by the Searchers and material written by their manager and songwriter, fellow student Ken Chapman. In September 1963, Waters and Mason moved into a flat at 39 Stanhope Gardens near Crouch End in London, owned by Mike Leonard, a part-time tutor at the nearby Hornsey College of Art and the Regent Street Polytechnic. Mason moved out after the 1964 academic year, guitarist Bob Klose moved in during September 1964, prompting Waters' switch to bass. Sigma 6 went through several names, including the Meggadeaths, the Abdabs and the Screaming Abdabs, Leonard's Lodgers, the Spectrum Five, before settling on the Tea Set. In 1964, as Metcalfe and Noble left to form their own band, guitarist Syd Barrett joined Klose and Waters at Stanhope Gardens.
Barrett, two years younger, had moved to London in 1962 to study at the Camberwell College of Arts. Waters and Barrett were childhood friends. Mason said about Barrett: "In a period when everyone was being cool in a adolescent, self-conscious way, Syd was unfashionably outgoing. In December 1964, they secured their first recording time, at a studio in West Hampstead, through one of Wright's friends, who let them use some down time free. Wright, taking a break from his studies, did not participate in the session; when the RAF assigned Dennis a post in Bahrain in early 1965, Barrett became the band's frontman. That year, they became the resident band at the Countdown Club near Kensington High Street in London, where from late night until early morning they played three sets of 90 minutes each. During this period, spurred by the group's need to extend their sets to minimise song repetition, the band realised that "songs could be extended with lengthy solos", wrote Mason. After pressure from his parents and advice from his college tutors, Klose quit the band in mid-1965 and Barrett took over lead guitar.
The group first referred to themselves as the Pink Floyd Sound in late 1965. Barrett created the name on the spur of the moment when he discovered that another band called the Tea Set, were to perform at one of their gigs; the name is derived from the given names of two blues musicians whose Piedmont blues records Barrett had in his collection, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. By 1966, the group's repertoire consisted of rhythm and blues songs and they had begun to receive paid bookings, including a performance at the Marquee Club in March 1966, where Peter Jenner, a lecturer at the London School of Economics, noticed them. Jenner was impressed by the sonic effects Barrett and Wright created, with his business partner and friend Andrew King became their manager; the pair had little experience in the music industry and used King's inheritance to set up Blackhill Enterprises, purchasing about £1,000 worth of new instruments and equipment for the band
Thomas Matthew DeLonge Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, record producer and filmmaker. He is the lead vocalist and guitarist of the rock band Angels & Airwaves, which he formed in 2005, was the co-lead vocalist, co-founder of the rock band Blink-182 from its formation in 1992 until his dismissal from the group in 2015. DeLonge grew up in the suburbs of Poway, where he embraced skateboarding at an early age; when DeLonge received his first guitar, he began writing punk rock songs. He formed Blink-182 with drummer Scott Raynor during his high school years; the band created a following in the mid-1990s through independent releases and relentless touring in their home country and in Australia. They signed to MCA Records in 1996 and their second album, Dude Ranch, featured the hit single "Dammit"; the group had bigger success with Enema of the State, which featured three hit singles and went quadruple-platinum in the U. S. selling upwards of 15 million copies worldwide. Blink-182 scored a number one album with 2001's Take Off Jacket.
DeLonge experimented with post-hardcore music on Box Car Racer, which formed into a full-fledged band in 2002, but dissolved the following year. Blink's eponymous fifth studio album reflected a change in tone within the group, which broke up in 2005 following internal tension, spearheaded by DeLonge. In the aftermath of Blink-182's breakup in 2005, he formed Angels & Airwaves, which has released five studio albums and has evolved into an "art project", encompassing various forms of media. DeLonge reunited with Blink-182 in 2009, releasing new music and touring before parting ways with the band again in 2015. In addition to his musical career, DeLonge manages business ventures that he founded: Macbeth Footwear, technology and design firm Modlife, he helped score and produce the 2011 science fiction film Love, has multiple film projects in development. He released a children's book, The Lonely Astronaut on Christmas Eve, in 2013. DeLonge was born in Poway, California, on December 13, 1975, his father, Thomas DeLonge Sr. was an oil company executive, his mother, Connie, a mortgage broker.
His first musical instrument was a trumpet, which he received as a Christmas gift at age 11. Despite his early interest in music, becoming a musician was not his first calling. DeLonge planned to become a firefighter, participated in the San Diego Cadet Program, he first picked up the guitar from a friend at church camp, became preoccupied by the instrument. DeLonge received his first guitar as a Christmas present from two friends in the sixth grade – "a beat-up, shitty acoustic guitar, worth about $30." He gathered his brother and sister, Kari, as an audience for his original songs. In the seventh grade, DeLonge visited a friend in Oregon who introduced him to the music of Stiff Little Fingers, Dinosaur Jr. and the Descendents. He dyed his hair purple, began practicing the guitar loudly in his room. DeLonge attempted to form a band named Big Oily Men, a one-man band: the band's lineup consisted of whoever he could persuade to join him for short periods. DeLonge first began skateboarding in the third grade, which would consume much his activity outside of school.
"I lived and breathed skateboarding. All I did all day long was skateboard, it was all I cared about", he remarked. He and friends would begin at one side of San Diego and attempt to skateboard to the other half, intermittently pulling pranks on people in the process; as such, he was an average student: "I knew how hard I had to work in school. As long as I got that C, I wouldn't try one minute extra to get a B. I just cared about skateboarding and music", his parents were fighting in his formative years, culminating in a divorce when DeLonge was 18. Shortly thereafter, his mother lost her job. DeLonge promptly moved out, his brother was away at that time in the United States Army, his departure affected his family. "My mom and sister were left asking,'What happened to our family?'". Following high school, DeLonge would work in construction, driving around a Diesel truck and handling concrete and piping. "I hated, hated my job. You know those people who hate their job? That was me", he said, he promptly quit when Blink-182 signed to MCA Records in 1996.
DeLonge formed his first successful band, Blink-182, in 1992. He was removed from Poway High School in the second half of his junior year for going to a basketball game while inebriated, he was forced to attend a different school for one semester, nearby Rancho Bernardo High School, where he became friends with Kerry Key, his girlfriend Anne Hoppus. Rancho Bernardo organized Battle of the Bands competitions, DeLonge signed up, performing an original song titled "Who's Gonna Shave Your Back Tonight?" to a packed auditorium. Drummer Scott Raynor was at the competition with his own group, which soon dissolved, after which he was introduced by friend Paul Scott to DeLonge at a party; the two began shifting through various bassists. The following summer, DeLonge's desire to be in a legitimate band increased – Hoppus characterized his passion as "incessant whining and complaining", her brother, bassist Mark Hoppus, was new to San Diego and she introduced the two one night that August. The two would jam for hours in DeLonge's garage, writing new songs.
The trio began to practice together in Raynor's bedroom, spending hours together writing music, attending punk shows and movies and playing practical jokes. Hoppus and DeLonge would alterna
Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band formed in 1996 in Palm Desert, California. The band's line-up includes founder Josh Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Michael Shuman, Dean Fertita, Jon Theodore. Formed after the dissolution of Homme's previous band, Queens of the Stone Age developed a style of riff-oriented, heavy rock music, their sound has since evolved to incorporate a variety of different styles and influences, including working with Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, a steady contributor to the band. After the breakup of his previous band, Kyuss, in 1995, Josh Homme joined Screaming Trees as a touring guitarist, before deciding to form a new band, Gamma Ray. In 1996 they released the eponymous Gamma Ray EP, featuring "Born to Hula" and "If Only Everything"; the EP featured Matt Cameron of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, Van Conner from Screaming Trees, percussionist Victor Indrizzo. Gamma Ray changed their name in 1997; the name "Queens of the Stone Age" came from a nickname given to Kyuss by their producer Chris Goss.
Homme said of the name: "Kings would be too macho. The Kings of the Stone Age have axes and wrestle; the Queens of the Stone Age hang out with the Kings of the Stone Age's girlfriends when they wrestle... Rock should be sweet enough for the girls; that way everyone's happy and it's more of a party. Kings of the Stone Age is too lopsided."The first release under the Queens of the Stone Age name was the song "18 A. D." released on the compilation album Burn One Up! Music for Stoners which featured members of the Dutch stoner rock band Beaver; the band's first live appearance was on November 20, 1997, at OK Hotel in Seattle, with Cameron on drums, Mike Johnson of Dinosaur Jr. on bass and John McBain of Monster Magnet on guitar. In December that year, the band released a split EP, Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age, which featured three tracks from the Gamma Ray sessions as well as three Kyuss tracks recorded in 1995 prior to their breakup. Queens of the Stone Age released their self-titled debut in 1998 on Stone Gossard's and Regan Hagar's label Loosegroove Records, on vinyl by Man's Ruin Records.
Homme played guitar and bass on the album, Alfredo Hernández on the drums, several other contributions by Chris Goss and Hutch. Homme asked Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan to appear on the record, but he was unable due to other commitments. Soon after the recording sessions were finished for the album, former Kyuss bassist Nick Oliveri joined the group, touring commenced with a band consisting of ex-Kyuss members. Guitarist Dave Catching joined shortly after. From this point forward, the band's line-up would change frequently. 2000's Rated R featured a myriad of musicians familiar with Homme and Oliveri's work and "crew" of sorts: among others, drummers Nick Lucero and Gene Trautmann, guitarists Dave Catching, Brendon McNichol, Chris Goss contributed, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, recording next door, stepped in for a guest spot on "Feel Good Hit of the Summer." The album garnered positive reviews and received a lot more attention than their debut, despite the fact that the lyrics to "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" were deemed by mega-retailer Wal-Mart to promote drug use causing the record to get pulled from store shelves.
The success of the record earned the band notable opening slots with The Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, a place at Ozzfest 2000. It was during this time that Homme stated: There's a robotic element to our albums, like the repetition of riffs. We wanted to do a record that had a lot of dynamic range. We wanted to set it up in this band. We don't want to get roped in by our own music. If anyone has a good song we should be able to play it. During the 2001 Rock in Rio show, bassist Nick Oliveri was arrested after performing on stage naked, with only his bass guitar covering his genitals. Oliveri apologized to officials. Following his work on Rated R, former Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan joined the band as a full-time member, a position he held until early 2005. Towards the end of the Rated R tour, the band's performance at the 2001 Rock am Ring festival in Germany was, according to Homme, "the worst show we've played and it was in front of 40,000 people." The band decided to tattoo themselves with the starting time of the performance, "Freitag 4:15."
As Oliveri explained: Me, Mark and Hutch, our soundman, have the same tattoo, it's from Rock am Ring festival. The time we had to play was 4:15 in the afternoon and it was just a terrible show, it sucked, it was horrible. That's why I tattooed it on my ribs, where it would hurt, so I'd never forget. Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, joined in late 2001 to record drums for their third album. Songs for the Deaf was released in August 2002, again featuring Lanegan, along with former A Perfect Circle guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen to the touring line-up following the album's release. Featured on Songs for the Deaf for the final track "Mosquito Song" were former A Perfect Circle bassist Paz Lenchantin on viola and piano, Dean Ween on guitar. Thi
Kurt Donald Cobain was an American singer and musician, best known as the guitarist and frontman of the rock band Nirvana. Cobain is remembered as one of the most iconic and influential rock musicians in the history of alternative music. Born in Aberdeen, Cobain formed the band Nirvana with Krist Novoselic and Aaron Burckhard in 1987 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene which became known as grunge. After signing with major label DGC Records, Nirvana found success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from their second album Nevermind. Following the success of Nevermind, Nirvana was labelled "the flagship band" of Generation X, Cobain was hailed as "the spokesman of a generation". During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction and chronic health problems such as depression, he struggled with the personal and professional pressures of fame, his marriage to musician Courtney Love. On April 8, 1994, at the age of 27, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle, police concluded he died on April 5 from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to his head.
Cobain has been described as a "Generation X icon". He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Novoselic, in their first year of eligibility in 2014. In 2003, David Fricke of Rolling Stone ranked him the 12th greatest guitarist of all time, he was ranked 7th by MTV in the "22 Greatest Voices in Music". In 2006, he was placed 20th by Hit Parader on their list of the "100 Greatest Metal Singers of All Time". Cobain was born at Grays Harbor Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington on February 20, 1967, the son of waitress Wendy Elizabeth and automotive mechanic Donald Leland Cobain, his parents were married on July 1965, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. His ancestry included Dutch, French, German and Scottish, his Irish ancestors emigrated from Carrickmore, County Tyrone in 1875. Researchers found that they were shoemakers named "Cobane", who came from Inishatieve, a townland within Carrickmore, they first settled in Cornwall, Canada, in Washington.
Cobain himself believed his family came from County Cork. His younger sister, was born on April 24, 1970. Cobain's family had a musical background, his maternal uncle, Chuck Fradenburg, played in a band called The Beachcombers. Kurt was described as being a happy and excitable child, who exhibited sensitivity and care, his talent as an artist was evident from an early age, as he would draw his favorite characters from films and cartoons, such as the Creature from the Black Lagoon and Donald Duck, in his bedroom. This enthusiasm was encouraged by his grandmother, Iris Cobain, a professional artist. Cobain began developing an interest in music at a young age. According to his aunt Mari, he began singing at the age of two. At age four, he started singing, writing a song about a trip to a local park, he listened to artists like the Ramones and Electric Light Orchestra, from a young age, would sing songs like Arlo Guthrie's "Motorcycle Song," The Beatles' "Hey Jude," Terry Jacks' "Seasons in the Sun", the theme song to the television show of the band The Monkees.
When Cobain was nine years old, his parents divorced. He said that the divorce had a profound effect on his life, while his mother noted that his personality changed dramatically. In a 1993 interview, he elaborated: I remember feeling ashamed, for some reason. I was ashamed of my parents. I couldn't face some of my friends at school anymore, because I wanted to have the classic, you know, typical family. Mother, father. I wanted that security, so I resented my parents for quite a few years because of that. Cobain's parents both found new partners after the divorce. Although his father had promised not to remarry, after meeting Jenny Westeby, he did, to Kurt's dismay. Cobain, his father and her two children and James, moved into a new household together. Cobain liked Westeby at first. In January 1979, Westeby gave birth to Chad Cobain; this new family, which Cobain insisted was not his real one, was in stark contrast to the attention Cobain was used to receiving as an only boy, he soon began to express resentment toward his stepmother.
Cobain's mother began dating a man, abusive. Cobain witnessed the domestic violence inflicted upon her, with one incident resulting in her being hospitalized with a broken arm. Wendy steadfastly refused to press charges, remaining committed to the relationship. Cobain behaved insolently toward adults during this period of his youth, began bullying another boy at school; such misconduct caused his father and Westeby to take him to a therapist, who concluded that he would benefit from a single family environment. Both sides of the family to no avail. On June 28, 1979, Cobain's mother granted full custody to his father. Cobain's teenage rebellion became overwhelming for his father, who placed his son in the care of family and friends. While living with the born-again Christian family of his friend Jesse Reed, he became a devout Christian and attended church services, he renounced Christianity, engagi
A P. A. F. or PAF is an early model of the humbucker guitar pickup invented by Seth Lover in 1955. Gibson began use of the PAF on higher-model guitars in late 1956 and stopped in around 1962, they were replaced by the Patent Number pickup a refined version of the PAF. These were in turn replaced by "T-Top" humbuckers in 1967, production ended in 1975. Though it is mistaken as the first humbucker pickup, the PAF was the first humbucker to gain widespread use and notoriety; the PAF is an essential tonal characteristic of the now-famous 1957-1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard guitars, pickups of this type have gained a large following. In the mid-1950s Gibson looked to create a new guitar pickup different from existing popular single coil designs. Gibson had developed the Charlie Christian pickup and P-90 in the 1930s and 40s. Engineer and Gibson employee Seth Lover spent much of 1954 working on a noise-cancelling or "hum-bucking" guitar pickup design. By early 1955, the design was completed. In June 1955, Lover and Gibson filed a joint patent for the pickup design.
Gibson began switching from P-90s to PAFs first on the company's lap steel guitars in 1956, on electric guitars in 1957. Les Paul Goldtops and Customs were the first solid-body electric guitars to receive PAF humbuckers, Gibson's ES Series were the first hollow/semi-hollow designs to receive them. In late 1957 a black sticker with gold lettering was applied to each pickup's underside, that read "PATENT APPLIED FOR." Over time the Patent Applied For sticker present on these pickups has evolved into the acronym P. A. F. as a way to identify pickups with this sticker. The patent for Gibson's design US patent 2896491 was issued on July 28, 1959; the acronym P. A. F. is sometimes written as PAF leaving the periods out. However, in 1978 the word "PAF" was registered as a trademark by DiMarzio; this registered trademark should not to be confused with original P. A. F. Acronym used to describe the original vintage pickups made by Gibson and the subject of this article. In 1958 the Goldtop model was dropped from production, the sunburst Standard took its place.
These guitars were all fitted with PAF humbuckers, which contributed to the instruments' sound. Early 1961 PAFs are exactly identical to the original 1957-1960 PAFs. In July 1961 Gibson standardized the PAF construction process with the introduction of the SG model. With this, smaller Alnico 2 and Alnico 5 magnets became standard. Transition to a new start lead location and a more formal number of wire winds was introduced, leading to pickup DC resistance to center around 7.5kΩ. In addition, around 1963 these pickups were given a new sticker that had a patent number written on it. However, the stickers were labelled with "U. S. Patent 2,737,842" until 1962, the number issued to the 1952 Les Paul trapeze tailpiece design and not the humbucking pickups. Between 1965-1966, Gibson switched to polyurethane-coated wire from enamel-coated to cut costs and streamline pigtail lead soldering time, changing the wire color from purple to red. With the reintroduction of a humbucker equipped Les Paul Custom in 1968, Gibson standardized a T-shaped tool mark on the top of humbucker bobbins.
This new style of Gibson humbucker became known as the T-Top. The "T" located on the top of the bobbins helped workers ensure the bobbin was facing the correct way during the winding and assembly process. T-Top bobbins lose the distinctive square hole of the original PAF bobbins. In addition the coil former geometry of the T-Top bobbin differs from the coil former dimensions of PAF bobbins making T-Top bobbins taller and more robust internally than PAF bobbins. Early T-Top humbuckers retain the same patent# sticker on the baseplate into the early 1970s; these early patent sticker T-Top humbuckers have the same wood spacer and short A2 and A5 magnets of the previous iteration. The patent sticker on the baseplate was replaced by a stamped patent number. With this change, other specification began to change such as magnet specifications and use of a plastic rather than wooden spacer. Gibson produced T-Top pickups through 1980 but many consider the early patent sticker T-Tops more collectible than versions.
In 1981 Gibson realized. Engineer Tim Shaw designed a pickup that aimed to replicate the early design, reversing changes made in the 1960s and 1970s: a new bobbin without the "T", a correct small square hole back in both bobbins, Alnico magnets. Shaw's efforts are considered to be the first of many recreations of the PAF humbucking pickup; however Gibson did not take Tim Shaw's recommendation to use plain enamel magnet wire due to cost concerns. As a result, Shaw era pickups still use polysol magnet wire. Gibson produces several reissues of PAFs including the "'57 Classic", "Burstbucker" and "Custom Buckers". Due to the popularity of vintage PAF pickups nearly 300 aftermarket pickups makers worldwide offer their version of the vintage design. Notable pickup makers include Seymour Duncan and ThroBak Electronics who are the only independent pickup makers to wind P. A. F. Reproductions with original P. A. F. Winding machines from the Kalamazoo factory. Other established companies making P. A. F. Style pickups include Mojotone, DiMarzio, Lindy Fralin, Theo Dahlem Pickups, Monty's Guitars, Sheptone, Orpheus Pickups, OX4, Wizz and Wolfetone.
Early PAFs are the most-sought-after vintage humbucker pickups by guitarists, each individual pickup is unique in terms of output level and tone. Factors that account for their sound are: Gibson used four diffe
Bernard Sumner is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. He is a founding member of both Joy Division and New Order, is credited with the latter band's move towards electronica and synthpop. Sumner is credited in advancing UK dance music, the popularisation and technological advancement of sequencers. In the early 1990s, he collaborated with former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr as Electronic. Sumner was educated at Salford Grammar School. From 1976 to 1979, Sumner was employed at the animation studio Cosgrove Hall Films as an artist on Jamie and the Magic Torch, where he is listed in the closing "drawn by" credits as "Bernard Dickin", he married Sue Barlow on 28 October 1978. They have a son James Christopher; the couple divorced in 1989, just before the release of Technique, an experience reflected in the song "Round & Round". Sumner lives with Sarah Dalton, they have three children: Tess Iona and Finley Emil. He is a fan of the football club Manchester United, he is known as "Barney", although he is not fond of the name.
An early Joy Division bootleg credited him as "Barney Rubble". Brandon Flowers has dubbed him the "Chairman of the Beat". Sumner's autobiography Chapter and Verse was published in 2014. Sumner was a founding member of Joy Division, a Salford band formed in 1976, he and childhood friend Peter Hook both attended the fabled Sex Pistols concert at Manchester's Free Trade Hall on July 20, 1976 and were inspired to form a band. The band is considered one of the most influential of the era. Known as the band's lead guitarist, Sumner played keyboards for synthesizer parts and made his first vocal appearance on record singing the chorus of "Walked In Line" on the Warsaw album. In May 1980, the band's singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide. Sumner and remaining band members Peter Hook and Stephen Morris started a new band named New Order, joined by keyboardist Gillian Gilbert in October 1980. Though Hook and Gilbert contributed vocals on some early tracks, Sumner emerged as the band's permanent singer and lyricist, alongside playing guitar and keyboards.
Through a series of splits and reformations, the band has released ten studio albums. In 1989, Sumner joined up with former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to form Electronic; the Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant collaborated on two tracks on their debut eponymous album, providing vocals. Sumner was their singer, guitarist and lyricist. Bad Lieutenant included fellow New Order member Phil Jake Evans of Rambo & Leroy. Stephen Morris of New Order and Blur bassist Alex James performed on the band's debut album. Sumner provided vocals and lyrics. On 2 July 2009, Sumner confirmed that the single "Sink or Swim" would be released on 28 September 2009 and would be the first off their album Never Cry Another Tear; the single was hosted for free on the band's website prior to its physical release, it was followed by a digital bundle release with remixes of the song by Mark Reeder, James Bright and Teenagers. As a result of the 2011 reformation of New Order, Bad Lieutenant are on hiatus. In 1981, Pauline Murray and The Invisible Girls released their last single "Searching for Heaven", which included a guitar solo by Sumner, although he was not credited in the sleeves of its 7" and 10" edition at the time.
In 1983, Sumner co-produced, with Donald Johnson, the single "The Great Divide"/"Love in a Strange Place" by the band Foreign Press. Foreign Press had had a long history with Sumner through both Joy New Order. In 1990, he worked with former Factory Records label mates A Certain Ratio, remixing their song "Won't Stop Loving You", he has recorded tracks with fellow Mancunians 808 State and Sub Sub. Sumner appeared as guest singer and guitarist on The Chemical Brothers' 1999 album Surrender, on the track "Out of Control", he has lent vocals and guitar to a track on German trance outfit Blank & Jones 2008 release, "The Logic of Pleasure". Sumner appeared on the Primal Scream track "Shoot Speed Kill Light" from their 2000 album XTRMNTR, he has produced several remixes for tracks such as Technotronic's "Rockin' Over the Beat" and served as a record producer and/or songwriter for other Factory Records acts including Happy Mondays, Shark Vegas, Abecedarians, 52nd Street and Section 25. Sumner has been portrayed on film twice.
John Simm played him in the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People. In the Ian Curtis biopic, Control, he is played by James Anthony Pearson. Unknown Pleasures Closer Movement Power, Corruption & Lies Low-Life Brotherhood Technique Republic Get Ready Waiting for the Sirens' Call Lost Sirens Music Complete Electronic Raise the Pressure Twisted Tenderness Never Cry Another Tear The Beat Club – "Security (Remix" 808 State – "Spanish Heart" Sub Sub feat: Bernard Sumner – "This Time I'm Not Wrong" The Chemical Brothers – "Out of Control" Primal Scream – "Shoot Speed Kill Light" Blank & Jones feat. Bernard Sumner – "Miracle Cure" Hot Chip, Bernard Sumner & Hot City