Andy Anderson (drummer)

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Andy Anderson
Birth nameClifford Leon Anderson
Born(1951-01-30)30 January 1951
OriginWest Ham, Essex, England
Died26 February 2019(2019-02-26) (aged 68)
GenresProgressive rock, funk rock, space rock, gothic rock, post-punk, punk rock, alternative rock
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion
Years active1978–2019

Clifford Leon "Andy" Anderson (30 January 1951 – 26 February 2019) was a British drummer, best known for his work with The Cure and Steve Hillage.

Life and work[edit]

Anderson worked on Xitintoday, a studio album released by former Hawkwind member Nik Turner's project Sphynx in 1978, which was produced by Steve Hillage. He then joined Hillage's band and appeared on his two 1979 albums, Live Herald and Open. After a few years as a session musician, he had a brief stint in Hawkwind in 1983, but did not record with them.

His tenure in that band was cut short when he played with the Glove on their first and only album Blue Sunshine. This led to him joining the Cure later that year, when original drummer Lol Tolhurst moved to keyboards. Anderson recorded on the albums Japanese Whispers, The Top, and Concert in addition to the singles "Love Cats" and "The Caterpillar".

He is credited on recordings by many other bands and artists, including (in order of release) Techno Twins, M/Robin Scott, Jimmy Pursey, Mother Gong, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Steve Vengeance, Two-Bit Thief, The Saints, Backbeats, Martha Munizzi, Group 1 Crew, the Gun Club, Spirits Burning & Clearlight, and Beat the System (as a producer).

He also collaborated with many other artists including Brilliant, the Edgar Broughton Band, the Burning Sensations, Circus Hazzard, Edwyn Collins, the Cureheads, Hooky Dallion, Jason Donovan, Peter Gabriel, Mick Hawksworth and Friends, Isaac Hayes, Iggy Pop, The Last Poets, Lol Tolhurst's Levinhurst, Glenn Matlock, Steve New, Nik Turner's Inner City Unit, Mike Oldfield, David Michael Phillips, Pink Flamingos , Jimmy Somerville, Midge Ure, Jenn Vix, Harry Williamson and Friends, Youth, and Zeke Manyika's Dr. Love.

As well as being a session musician, Anderson was a producer of television commercials and worked for record companies and charities.[citation needed]

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

Anderson was diagnosed with terminal cancer in February 2019[2] and died on 26 February 2019, aged 68.[3][4]

Partial discography[edit]

Nik Turner's Sphynx

Steve Hillage

  • Live Herald (1979)
  • Open (1979)
  • Green (2007 Edition) Plays on 2 of the 4 Bonus songs.

The Glove

The Cure


  1. ^ "Voir le sujet - Interview Andy Anderson". Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Andy Anderson". Archived from the original on 26 February 2022. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  3. ^ Jon Blistein (26 February 2019). "Andy Anderson, Drummer for the Cure, Iggy Pop, Dead at 68". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  4. ^ Roisin O'Connor (27 February 2019). "Andy Anderson death: Former drummer for The Cure and Iggy Pop dies, aged 68". The Independent. Archived from the original on 7 May 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2019.