Remembering Steve Currie of T. Rex
If Marc Bolan’s 1977 death in an auto accident resulted in people making unsavory jokes involving the homophonic pun “T. Wrecks” (and, sadly, it really did), then one can only presume that those individuals’ ill humor continued with a vengeance when, 33 years ago today, T. Rex bassist Steve Currie died in a similar fashion while returning to his home near Vale de Parra, Algarve, Portugal.
Born in North East Lincolnshire on May 19, 1947, Currie’s early musical career involved a stint with The Rumble Band while still attending technical college in Grimsby, but it was the aforementioned Mr. Bolan’s decision to expand the lineup of T. Rex beyond that of just himself and percussionist Mickey Finn that led to Currie – not to mention drummer Bill Legend – pulling the gig of a lifetime.
Currie joined T. Rex in 1971 and remained part of the band through 1977’s Dandy in the Underworld, their final release before Bolan’s death, after which he became a session guitarist of some note, working with Wreckless Eric and Chris Spedding. Still, when it comes to the most high-profile album that features Currie’s contributions, there’s simply no contest: it’s Electric Warrior by a mile. Heck, just being able to say that your bass work can be heard on “Get It On” alone would be enough to provide a musician with a lifetime’s worth of work from glam-rock aficionados. Sadly, for Currie, that lifetime was all too short, but at least the music lives on.