14 Mar 2009
Sumner's Songbook 
UK Sky TV viewers will have recently been able to enjoy Songbook, a recent Sky Arts (and indeed, Sky Arts HD) documentary about Bernard Sumner in which he talks to Will Hodgkinson about his life and times in Joy Division, New Order, Electronic and his work on his new project.

Bernard talked about the writing of several songs including Love Will Tear Us Apart, Bizarre Love Triangle, Getting Away With It and new song Sink or Swim. In each instance he then played them live and acoustic with Phil Cunningham (New Order from 2001) and Jake Evans (Rambo and Leroy).

Bernard confirmed that there will be an album and live dates. He said that he was still deciding on the new band's name but at least for the moment it's Bad Lieutenant (pronounced the American way, and after the book and the film with Harvey Keitel).

This programme has already been screened but there's a good probability it will be repeated. With thanks to Lee on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board who spotted it when we didn't.

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

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