The Smiths bassist ANDY ROURKE is amazed he survived to the age of 40, after risking his life with excessive drug taking during his younger years.

The rocker, 42, confesses he experimented heavily with a wide range of narcotics during the band's heyday.

He says, "The most surprising thing that ever happened to me was probably living this long. In my twenties I did a lot of bad stuff. I've chilled a lot now."