Andy Anderson (drummer)
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|Birth name||Clifford Leon Anderson|
|Born||30 January 1951|
|Origin||West Ham, Essex, England|
|Died||26 February 2019(aged 68)|
|Genres||Progressive rock, funk rock, space rock, gothic rock, post-punk, punk rock, alternative rock|
|Associated acts||Steve Hillage, The Cure, The Glove, Jimmy Somerville, Jimmy Pursey, Isaac Hayes, Midge Ure, Iggy Pop, Hawkwind, The Last Poets, Jason Donovan, The Rock & Roll Gypsies, Peter Gabriel|
Life and work
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, 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.
He posted newly recorded solo tracks on YouTube as Front & Centre.
Nik Turner's Sphynx
- Xitintoday (1978)
- Live Herald (1979)
- Open (1979)
- Blue Sunshine (1983)
- Japanese Whispers (1983)
- The Top (1984)
- Concert (1984)
- The Cure Live In Japan (1984) VHS
- Standing on a Beach (1986)
- Greatest Hits (2001)
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- Roisin O'Connor (27 February 2019). "Andy Anderson death: Former drummer for The Cure and Iggy Pop dies, aged 68". The Independent. Retrieved 28 February 2019.