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The Smiths’ Andy Rourke dies, aged 59

The Smiths’ Andy Rourke dies, aged 59


Andy Rourke
Andy Rourke, bassist for The Smiths, has died aged 59.

The information was introduced by guitarist Johnny Marr on social media this morning (19 Might).

Rourke joined The Smiths from the band Freak Get together, which comprised Johnny Marr – whom Rourke had recognized from faculty – on guitar and Simon Wolstencroft, later of The Fall, on drums.

Rourke was quickly let go by the band in early 1986, because of his heroin dependancy, rejoining two weeks later simply earlier than they launched their masterpiece, The Queen Is Lifeless.

Marr described Rourke’s contribution to that album as “one thing no different bass participant may match”.

The Smiths broke up in 1987, with Rourke happening to play on a number of Morrissey singles, together with Attention-grabbing Drug, The Final Of The Well-known Worldwide Playboys and November Spawned A Monster. 

Their relationship got here to an finish, nonetheless, within the mid-90s, in a conflict over royalties from The Smiths, with Rourke and Joyce instigating authorized proceedings towards Morrissey and Marr.

Rourke settled out of courtroom for £83,000 and 10% of future royalties whereas relinquishing all additional claims. Joyce, in the meantime, pursued the declare was awarded damages of round £1 million.

Within the years after, Rourke performed with such artists as Ian Brown, Badly Brawn Boy and The Pretenders and shaped the band Freebass with bass gamers Mani (ex-The Stone Roses) and Peter Hook (ex-New Order). He additionally carried out within the band Blitz Vega with former Completely happy Mondays guitarist Kav Blaggers.





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