Straitjacket Fits guitarist and songwriter Andrew Brough has died.
Fans and musicians have paid tribute to Brough, who also played in bands Bike and the Blue Meanies,
"Andrew was an amazing person and he will be sorely missed," Martin Kean, a Blue Meanies member, said today.
Brough was part of the Straitjacket Fits with Shayne Carter, drummer John Collie and bass player David Wood, formed in the mid 1980s in Dunedin. After writing the hit single 'Down in Splendour', he left the band after a US tour in the early 1990s.
He then formed Bike in the mid-90s, writing the single 'Save My Life'. Bike split before the end of the decade.
Brough continued to play and record music with other bands and under his own name.
Another one of our musical heroes has also passed away this week--Andrew Brough from the @FlyingNun band Straitjacket Fits. He was a secret weapon to that band offering shimmery beauty to Shayne's more aggressive musical tendencies. R.I.P. Andrewhttps://t.co/so24SVBoz8— eyelids (@musicofEYELIDS) February 3, 2020
"Andrew Brough was the McCartney to Shayne Carter's Lennon when Straitjacket Fits led the southern charge, during Flying Nun's late 80s golden age."https://t.co/kopvp1fGRO— Ratty (@AuralOrgasm) February 3, 2020
We are very sad to hear that songwriter Andrew Brough has passed away. He had a long career in music, including as guitarist and vocalist for Straitjacket Fits. We send our condolences to the music community and Andrew's friends and family. https://t.co/EodkP6rKPK— NZ On Screen (@nzonscreen) February 3, 2020
Very sad to hear the news of the passing of former Straitjacket Fits co-singer/ songwriter Andrew Brough - saw them after the release of 'Melt' in 1990 - just wonderful.— Slow Boat Records (@SlowBoatRecords) February 3, 2020
Condolences to his friends and family...https://t.co/E8lsAYIv0P
- more to come