David Westlake

David Westlake
At the NME C86 show - London, 2014
Background information
Born (1965-02-12) 12 February 1965 (age 54)
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
  • "She’s Always Hiding"/"Transparent" (Mar 1986, Head Records, HEAD1 [7"])
  • "The Sun, a Small Star"/"Meredith"/"It Takes No Gentleman"/"Funny Business" (Oct 1986, Head Records, HEAD3 [12"])
  • "It’s My Turn"/"Afterglow" (Sep 1989, Glass Records, GLASS056 [7"])
  • "It’s My Turn"/"Afterglow"/"Faithful to 3 Lovers"/"Do or Be Done" (Sep 1989, Glass Records, GLASS12 056 [12"])
  • "Look Like a Girl"/"Bad Habits Die Hard" (- 1990, Paperhouse Records, - [7"])


  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.

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