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Thursday, July 02, 2009
Former band members create a new order

Macclesfield Express

FIRST came Joy Division, then New Order – and Macclesfield’s latest claim to musical fame is Bad Lieutenant.

Following the demise of New Order, three of the group’s former members have teamed up for a new band – along with a member of Blur.

Frontman Bernard Sumner, drummer Stephen Morris and guitarist Phil Cunningham have joined with Blur’s Alex James for Bad Lieutenant’s debut album, due out in October.

Rainow resident and drummer Stephen, said: "I think it’s going to be a great record. I’m only on a few tracks, but it’s great to be playing with them again – any chance to make a racket these days."

The record has been road-tested on his kids Tilly, 13, and Grace, 11. "They loved the version I played them, which is always a good sign," he added.

Bad Lieutenant formed after the acrimonious break-up of New Order – created by members of Joy Division after the suicide of Macclesfield singer Ian Curtis in 1980.

Bad Lieutenant is a 1992 crime-drama film directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Harvey Keitel.

In response to rumours an American band of the same name already exists, Stephen joked: "I’m sure we can settle it over a game of darts."

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