Andy Rourke (of The Smiths)



Andy Rourke, as the former bass player of The Smiths, spent his early years honing his bass and guitar skills. He joined several rock groups including the funk group, Freak Party, alongside his school friend, John Maher a.k.a Johnny Marr.

It was Marr who introduced Rourke to the Smiths in 1982, replacing Dale Hibbert after just one gig with the band. Inarguably, the Smiths were one of the most significant alt-rock bands that materialized from the British independent music scene in the 1980s. Throughout the band’s career, Rourke’s playing style was unmistakable on each album adding a distinct tone, which was derived from a fully cranked tone knob and pick.

He created a number of memorable bass parts, such as his funk bass solo on “Barbarism Begins at Home.” Marr commented on Rourke’s bass playing skills on The Queen is Dead LP as "something no other bass player could match”. Before the release of their fourth studio album, Strangeways, Here We Come in 1987, The Smiths split apart. Attempts were made to continue recording together but their efforts failed and in the end the group moved on their separate ways.

Rourke went on to play and record with many talented artists in the years following The Smiths, including Sinead O’Connor, The Pretenders, Badly Drawn Boy, and Aziz Ibrahim. He formed Moondog One with Oasis’s former guitarist Bonehead, which also involved Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon, and he created the unique bass super-group Freebass in 2005 bringing in Peter Hook, formerly of New Order and Joy Division, and Gary Mounfield “Mani” of The Stone Roses & Primal Scream.

Currently, Rourke DJ’s worldwide and has his own radio on the New York based East Village Radio every Mondays. The show is called Jetlag, which is also the name of his newest collaboration with Olé Koretsky. The two have put out a couple remixes including a remix of “Breakneck Speed” by Tokyo Police Club and they are currently working on an LP together. While the Smiths have no intention of reuniting, Andy Rourke continues to lend his genius within music industry.

As a regular DJ on New York based East Village Radio, Andy Rourke’s Jetlag champions many up-and-coming rock acts while staying true to the roots of the movement. Listeners can tune in every Monday at 2pm to hear Andy do his thing at www.eastvillageradio.com.


Robert Krevolin

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