At the NME C86 show - London, 2014
|Born||12 February 1965|
Hayes, Middlesex, England
|Genres||Indie, art rock|
|Labels|| Cherry Red |
|Associated acts||The Servants|
David Westlake is an English singer/songwriter. He led indie band The Servants from 1985 to 1991.
Indie rock is a genre of rock music that originated in the United States and United Kingdom in the 1970s. Originally used to describe independent record labels, the term became associated with the music they produced and was initially used interchangeably with alternative rock. As grunge and punk revival bands in the US and Britpop bands in the UK broke into the mainstream in the 1990s, it came to be used to identify those acts that retained an outsider and underground perspective. In the 2000s, as a result of changes in the music industry and the growing importance of the Internet, some indie rock acts began to enjoy commercial success, leading to questions about its meaningfulness as a term.
The Servants were an indie band formed in 1985 in Hayes, Middlesex, England by singer-songwriter David Westlake. The band was the original home of Luke Haines.
Westlake formed indie band the Servants in 1985 in Hayes, Middlesex, England.
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The Servants appeared on 1986’s NME -associated C86 compilation, and the band was from 1986 to 1991 the original home of Luke Haines.
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Westlake and Haines played together for the first time in twenty-three years at the Lexington, London N1 on 4 May 2014.Westlake and band played at an NME C86 show on 14 June 2014 at Venue 229, London W1; the show marked Cherry Red Records' expanded reissue of C86 .
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David Westlake is a solicitor and he lectures part-time at Brunel University.
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C86 is a cassette compilation released by the British music magazine NME in 1986, featuring new bands licensed from British independent record labels of the time. As a term, C86 quickly evolved into shorthand for a guitar-based musical genre characterized by jangling guitars and melodic power pop song structures, although other musical styles were represented on the tape. In its time, it became a pejorative term for its associations with so-called "shambling" and underachievement. The C86 scene is now recognized as a pivotal moment for independent music in the UK, as was recognized in the subtitle of the compilation's 2006 CD issue: CD86: 48 Tracks from the Birth of Indie Pop. 2014 saw the original compilation reissued in a 3CD expanded edition from Cherry Red Records; the 2014 box-set came with an 11,500-word book of sleevenotes by one of the tape's original curators, former NME journalist Neil Taylor.