Win my original ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’ Silver Disc
Hi everyone, big news! It’s 35 years since The Smiths’ final album ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’ was released and I’m giving you the chance to own a special piece of the group’s history.
I’m raffling my original silver disc that was presented to me when the album reached 60,000 sales. Rather than auctioning it to a wealthy collector I wanted to raffle it to give every Smiths fan a chance of owning it.
All the proceeds generated will go to raise money for Back on Track, a Manchester charity that I’m a patron of. I’ve worked with Back on Track on several projects over the last few years and I’ve seen for myself the difference they make. They’re currently supporting so many people struggling with the cost of living crisis and I wanted to do what I could to help.
To enter all you have to do is buy a £5 raffle ticket via Back on Track’s Just Giving page...
It's just been voted the 56th best bass part of all time in BassPlayer Magazine.
'The Smiths were a group at least a decade ahead of their time, doomed to be more read about than listened to during their active career, and only fully appreciated several years after the band members had gone their separate ways.
Bassist Andy Rourke is the group's unsung hero , complementing the guitar wizardry of Johnny Marr in a way that most of us could never hope to do.
The fast fingered line on This Charming Man is his masterpiece'.
Lovely to see Andy getting some long overdue praise for his bass work in The Smiths.
Text reproduction of his interview in "Record Collector presents: The Smiths" special (April 21, 2022).
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