Andy Lewis (bassist)

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Andy Lewis
Birth name Andrew Joseph Lewis
Also known as Andy Waterhole
Born (1966-06-16)16 June 1966
Died 12 February 2000(2000-02-12) (aged 33)
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass guitar, double bass
Years active 1985–2000
Associated acts The Plunderers, The Whitlams, The Gadflys

Andrew Joseph "Andy" Lewis (16 June 1966 – 12 February 2000) was the original bassist of Australian band The Whitlams.[1] Back in October 1985 he had joined a power pop band, The Plunderers, on keyboards, guitar and harmony vocals under the pseudonym, Andy Waterhole.[2][3] He soon left The Plunderers and, in 1992, he formed The Whitlams but left them in late 1995, and went to Melbourne, Australia to join The Gadflys. He battled a gambling addiction and committed suicide in February 2000, aged 33,[4] after putting an entire weeks' pay in a poker machine and losing it all.

Blow Up The Pokies had been co-written by Tim Freedman (The Whitlams) as a statement on the destruction he saw in Andy's life due to his gambling not long before Andy's death, and was awaiting release as a single at the time. Tim soon after wrote The Curse Stops Here, a heartrending piece describing being the 'last one' from the original line-up of The Whitlams, and voicing his determination to survive. The Curse Stops Here was included as a B-side track on the Blow Up The Pokies single.

A month after Andy's death a benefit concert was held at the Metro Club in Sydney to raise money for his partner and child. The event was hosted by Paul McDermott, Mikey Robins and Steve Abbott (The Sandman), and performers included Max Sharam, and The Gadflys.[citation needed] Andy also played bass on Frank Bennett's 1996 recording Five O'Clock Shadow.


  1. ^ Murfett, Andrew. "Still raging against the machines". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  2. ^ McFarlane, 'The Plunderers' entry at the Wayback Machine (archived June 15, 2004). Archived from the original on 15 June 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  3. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "The Plunderers". Australian Rock Database. Passagen (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 21 September 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Murfett, Andrew (17 March 2006). "Out from Under the Cloud". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 10 May 2013.