Morrissey Eulogizes the Smiths’ Andy Rourke: “He Will Never Die as Long as His Music Is Heard”
Andy Rourke, the bassist for the Smiths, died today from pancreatic cancer. Among those who have paid tribute to Rourke’s impact on indie-pop and rock music are Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, the band’s label, Rough Trade, and, now singer Morrissey. In a statement on his website, Morrissey eulogized his former bandmate, writing, in part, “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.” Read Morrissey’s remarks in full below.
After the Smiths disbanded, Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce began legal proceedings against Morrissey and Johnny Marr over royalties. Rourke settled with his former bandmates, and he also continued to work with Morrissey on songs like “Piccadilly Palare,” “Yes I Am Blind,” “Interesting Drug,” “November Spawned a Monster,” and “The Last of the Famous International Playboys.”