Andy Anderson (birth name Clifford Leon Anderson) is a drummer, best known for his short stint with The Cure (1983–1984). He was born in West Ham, East London, England onJanuary 20, 1951 .
Life and work
Anderson worked on Hawkwind's Nik Turner's Sphynx album in 1978. He played with Steve Hillage on two albums, Live Herald and Open, and had a brief stint in Hawkwind in 1983, but did not record with them. His tenure in that group was cut short when he played with The Glove on their first and only album Blue Sunshine.
He later joined The Cure as their drummer in 1983, after drummer Lol Tolhurst switched to keyboard duties. Anderson recorded on the albums Japanese Whispers, The Top, and Concert in addition to the singles Love Cats and The Caterpillar. Anderson was, and still is, the only member of The Cure of African descent.
He was fired from the band after destroying a hotel room in 1984 and was replaced by Boris Williams. He has since worked as a session musician, produced music for TV commercials and record companies as well as various charities.
Throughout the years, Andy Anderson has collaborated with a number of artists, including Iggy Pop, Jimmy Somerville, M, Jimmy Pursey's Sham 69, Harry Williamson and Friends, The Glove, Sex Pistols' Glen Matlock, Brilliant, The Gun Club's Jeffrey Lee Pierce, the Steve Hillage Band, Circus Hazzard, Steve New, Edwyn Collins, The Burning Sensations, Jason Donovan, David Michael Phillips, Hooky Dallion Nik Turner's Sphynx & Inner City Unit, Mick Hawksworth and Friends, Zeke Manyika's Dr. Love, The Edgar Broughton Band, The Cureheads, Lol Tolhurst's Levinhurst, Peter Gabriel, Midge Ure, Isaac Hayes, The Last Poets and Mike Oldfield.
In 2010, Andy Anderson posted newly recorded solo tracks on MySpace under the title Prime Data. Since then he has been working with a new generation of DJs and producers, such as Liam Scoobyboi Read, Ill-Phil Miller (Ill-Haze) and Matt Inkei Hines.