Another criminally underrated bassist. While singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr bagged the lion’s share of attention in The Smiths, let’s not forget the band had a brilliant rhythm section in the shape of drummer Mike Joyce and bassist Andy Rourke.
Andy provided some stunning basslines for perfect pop moments like Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now; even if you don’t care for Morrissey’s warbling you have to love that beautiful bass. Up until recently Rourke was a member of Freebass, a three bass player lineup (geddit?) that included Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order and Mani from Primal Scream. The three bass thing is nothing new. Spinal Tap beat ‘em to it with ode to mudflaps Big Bottom.