Andy Anderson, with his father Cliff Anderson, a well-known boxer in the East End of London.
Jeez, not a good week, is it?
Andy Anderson drummer for The Cure between 1983-84 and frequent collaborator with other acts, including Iggy Pop, Isaac Hayes and Peter Gabriel, died on Tuesday aged 68. He had been battling cancer.
His death was announced by former Cure member Lol Tolhurst. Tolhurst wrote:
‘It’s with a heavy heart, I have to report the passing of a Cure brother.
Andy Anderson was A (sic) true gentleman and a great musician with a wicked sense of humor which he kept until the end, a testament to his beautiful spirit on the last journey. We are blessed to have known him.’
The Cure in 1984: (l-r) Phil Thornally, Porl Thompson, Robert Smith, Andy Anderson and Lol Tolhurst.
So as a tribute, some of the tracks Anderson played on.
He first played with Robert Smith, in the side project The Glove, who released one album, Blue Sunshine, in 1983:
He first played on The Cure’s top ten hit ‘The Love Cats’ seen here on Top of the Pops in late 1983. The track was first compiled on the Japanese Whispers album later that year.
Andy also played on The Top studio album and the live Concert, bothreleased in 1984. ‘The Caterpillar’ was another top twenty hit.