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New Order: Smile

Stuart Maconie, Q, May 1993

BARNEY SUMNER slips snugly into line between his three chums. As one, they turn to face the camera. But Barney's face bears the pained expression of the MD at the Christmas "do" forced to don the crepe hat. The flesh is willing but his heart isn't in it. "You don't think this all a bit Wet Wet Wet, do you?"

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