Andy Rourke

His decidedly crisp tone and deftly articulated passages anchored one of rock’s most influential ensembles: The Smiths.

Andrew Michael Rourke bridged Morrissey’s tuxedoed tenor croon with the sus-chord sorcery of Johnny Marr by way of in-the-pocket grooves punctuated with fluid counter-melodic passages, double-stops, chords and soulful rhythms.

Though Moz and Marr garnered the glam and glory, the rhythm section of Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke could swing with the best of their generation. Rourke's cameos on Moz solo slab Bona Drag (1990) was an ample reminder of just how important Andy was to Morrissey.

Among Rourke’s additional endeavors include waxing tracks and/or stage work with The Pretenders, Badly Drawn Boy, Ian Brown, Freebass (with Mani and Peter Hook), and various stints as a DJ and radio host.