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.



Westlake formed indie band the Servants in 1985 in Hayes, Middlesex, England. [2]

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]

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

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]

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]

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


  1. "The Servants". Only the Lonely. 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  2. Anthony Strutt (June 2012). "Phil King Interview". pennyblackmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  3. Mark Carry (19 May 2014). "Time Has Told Me: The Servants". Fractured Air. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  4. Luke Haines, sleeve-notes to the Servants compilation Reserved (Cherry Red Records CDMRED 297, 2006)
  5. Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover, 17 January 2011
  6. Discogs - David Westlake: Play Dusty for Me
  7. Prior, Clive (December 2011). "100 Greatest British Indie Records of All Time". Mojo - Indie Special. p. 123.
  8. "Hangover Lounge site". 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  9. Time Out, 11 December 2013
  10. Jack Rabid (17 January 2011). "Review of David Westlake's album Play Dusty for Me". The Big Takeover. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  11. "Last FM". 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2011.