Andy Rourke went on to play in a bunch of different bands after The Smiths broke up in 1987, his most up-to-date of which being Blitz Vega with former Completely happy Mondays guitarist Kav Blaggers. The duo have a single out now known as “Sturdy Without end,” which options licks from fellow ex-Smith Johnny Marr, marking the primary new music they’ve recorded collectively in 35 years.
“Sturdy Without end” is ready to seem on Blitz Vega’s upcoming album, and as Rourke advised Rolling Stone, it was initially recorded with then-Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan for a UN/UK soccer anti-discrimination/anti-bullying marketing campaign. That plan fell by means of when Meighan pleaded responsible to home violence in 2020.
However Rourke wasn’t fairly able to trash the track fully: Blaggers changed Meighan’s vocals, and Rourke determined to name up an outdated buddy to contribute as effectively. “I needed precisely what Johnny does,” Rourke advised RS. “He has a really distinctive sound, and that’s what he did. We love what he delivered to the observe.”
Blaggers added: “Andy calls me [one day], and he says Johnny mentioned he’ll report some guitar on the observe… I used to be like, ‘What? Johnny? Johnny Marr?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah,’ in his laidback however very Mancunian method.”
So, there you’ve it. “Sturdy Without end” does sort of really feel like a track you’d hear enjoying by means of the audio system at a soccer stadium — particularly with a refrain that goes “We’ve acquired the love, we’ve acquired the facility/ We’re in it collectively, keep robust perpetually” — however you may undoubtedly detect Marr and Rourke’s contributions. And, regardless of the circumstances, it’s at all times good to see them getting alongside. Take heed to “Sturdy Without end” under.
Marr made a uncommon onstage look with Rourke simply final month whereas the previous was touring with The Killers. The pair performed Smiths classics “There Is a Mild That By no means Goes Out” and “How Quickly Is Now?” collectively, and Marr additionally joined The Killers for one more rendition of “This Charming Man” collectively.