RIP Andy Rourke

So sad to hear about Andy Rourke's tragic passing---he was only 59. I believe he had pancreatic cancer. Andy was the bassist for The Smiths, one of the most influential bands for the 80s. RIP


I love him and the rest of the band and I'm glad his contributions are still here for us to enjoy. We've heard from Johnny Marr, but I would like to hear what Morissey has to say about him. He's a bit of a wild card, you never know what he might say, or he might not say anything at all.

Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce both came across as nice guys and their contribution to the Smiths was important.

They were an integral part of the band and never glorified session musicians.

Morrissey himself seems to have forgiven Rourke, if any forgiveness was needed, and it would be nice if he could do the same with Joyce whilst there's still time.



Sometimes one of the most radical things you can do is to speak clearly. When someone dies, out come the usual blandishments … as if their death is there to be used. I'm not prepared to do this with Andy.

I just hope … wherever Andy has gone … that he's OK.

He will never die as long as his music is heard. He didn't ever know his own power, and nothing that he played had been played by someone else. His distinction was so terrific and unconventional and he proved it could be done.

He was also very, very funny and very happy, and post-Smiths, he kept a steady identity - never any manufactured moves.

I suppose, at the end of it all, we hope to feel that we were valued. Andy need not worry about that."


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