David Westlake

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David Westlake
At the NME C86 show - London, 2014
Background information
Born (1965-02-12) 12 February 1965 (age 53)
Hayes, Middlesex, England [1]
Origin England
Genres Indie, art rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1985–present
Labels Cherry Red
Captured Tracks
Associated acts The Servants
Website www.lostsheep.com/davidwestlake

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

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. [2]

Hayes, Hillingdon town in the London Borough of Hillingdon

Hayes is a town in West London, situated 13 miles (21 km) west of Charing Cross. Historically in Middlesex, Hayes became part of the London Borough of Hillingdon in 1965. The town's population was recorded as 95,763 in the 2011 census.

The Servants appeared on 1986’s NME -associated C86 compilation, and the band was from 1986 to 1991 the original home of Luke Haines. [3]

<i>NME</i> British weekly music journalism magazine

New Musical Express (NME) is a British music journalism website and former magazine that has been published since 1952. It was the first British paper to include a singles chart, in the edition of 14 November 1952. In the 1970s it became the best-selling British music newspaper. During the period 1972 to 1976, it was particularly associated with gonzo journalism, then became closely associated with punk rock through the writings of Julie Burchill, Paul Morley and Tony Parsons. It started as a music newspaper, and gradually moved toward a magazine format during the 1980s and 1990s, changing from newsprint in 1998.

Luke Haines English musician and songwriter

Luke Michael Haines is an English musician, songwriter and author, who has recorded music under various names and with various bands, including The Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder.

Haines describes David Westlake's first solo album, 1987's Westlake , as "a minor classic". [4]

Westlake is the first album by English singer and songwriter David Westlake. The record was released in 1987 on Creation Records. Luke Haines describes it as "a minor classic".

Westlake's second solo album, 2002's Play Dusty for Me , was released in a limited issue that quickly sold out but was never re-pressed. [5] Captured Tracks reissued Play Dusty for Me in LP format on Black Friday, 2015. [6]

Play Dusty for Me is the second solo album by English singer and songwriter David Westlake.

Captured Tracks independent record label

Captured Tracks is an American, Brooklyn-based independent record label.

LP record longplay record

The LP is an analog sound storage medium, a vinyl record format characterized by a speed of ​33 13 rpm, a 12- or 10-inch diameter, and use of the "microgroove" groove specification. Introduced by Columbia in 1948, it was soon adopted as a new standard by the entire record industry. Apart from a few relatively minor refinements and the important later addition of stereophonic sound, it has remained the standard format for vinyl albums.

The Servants

The Servants' Small Time album was well received on its 2012 Cherry Red Records release, more than twenty years after its 1991-recording. The belated release followed the inclusion of 1990's Disinterest in Mojo magazine's 2011 list of the greatest British indie records of all time. [7]

Small Time is the second album by British indie band The Servants. It was recorded in 1991 but had to wait twenty-one years for release in 2012 on the Cherry Red label.

Cherry Red Records is a British independent record label founded by Iain McNay in 1978. The label has released recordings by Dead Kennedys, Everything But the Girl, The Monochrome Set, and Felt, among others, as well as the compilation album Pillows & Prayers. In addition to releasing new music, Cherry Red also acts as an umbrella for individual imprints and catalogue specialists.

Disinterest is the first album by British indie band The Servants. The record was released in 1990 on Paperhouse Records.

Westlake and Haines played together for the first time in twenty-three years at the Lexington, London N1 on 4 May 2014. [8] 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 . [9]

As chronicled in an interview in US music magazine The Big Takeover (issue 53, 2004), Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch was a huge Westlake fan and tried to locate him in the early 1990s in hope of forming a band with him, before launching Belle and Sebastian in his school class instead. [10]

David Westlake is a solicitor and he lectures part-time at Brunel University. [11]



with the Servants


with the Servants

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