Andy Anderson (drummer)

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Andy Anderson
Birth name Clifford Leon Anderson
Born (1951-01-30) 30 January 1951 (age 67)
Origin West Ham, Essex, England
Genres Punk rock, post-punk, gothic rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1978–present
Associated acts The Cure, The Glove, Steve Hillage, Jimmy Somerville, Sham 69, Isaac Hayes, Midge Ure, Iggy Pop, Hawkwind, The Last Poets, Jason Donovan, The Rock & Roll Gypsies, Peter Gabriel

Andy Anderson (birth name Clifford Leon Anderson) is an English drummer, best known for his short stint with The Cure. He was born in West Ham, Essex, England on 30 January 1951.

Life and work[edit]

Anderson worked on Hawkwind's Nik Turner's Sphynx's Xitintoday album in 1978. He played with Steve Hillage on two albums, Live Herald and Open, and had a brief stint in Hawkwind in 1983, but did not record with them. His tenure in that group was cut short when he played with The Glove on their first and only album Blue Sunshine.

He later joined The Cure as their drummer in 1983, after drummer Lol Tolhurst switched to keyboard duties. Anderson recorded on the albums Japanese Whispers, The Top, and Concert in addition to the singles Love Cats and The Caterpillar. Anderson was, and still is, the only member of The Cure of African descent.

Throughout the years, Andy Anderson has collaborated with a number of artists, including Iggy Pop, Jimmy Somerville, M, Jimmy Pursey's Sham 69, Harry Williamson and Friends, The Glove, Sex Pistols' Glen Matlock, Brilliant, Martin Glover, The Gun Club's Jeffrey Lee Pierce, the Steve Hillage Band, Circus Hazzard, Steve New, Edwyn Collins, The Burning Sensations, Jason Donovan, David Michael Phillips, Hooky Dallion Nik Turner's Sphynx & Inner City Unit, Mick Hawksworth and Friends, Zeke Manyika's Dr. Love, The Edgar Broughton Band, Lol Tolhurst's Levinhurst, Peter Gabriel, Midge Ure, Isaac Hayes, The Last Poets and Mike Oldfield.

Anderson works as a session musician/producer of TV commercials and record companies as well as various artists and charities.[citation needed]

Anderson posted newly recorded solo tracks on YouTube as Front & Centre.[1]


Nik Turner's Inner City Unite

The Cure
The Glove


  1. ^ "Voir le sujet - Interview Andy Anderson". Retrieved 2011-10-01.