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David Westlake


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David Westlake was the singer in English indie band The Servants who had a track on the NME’s C86 compilation and released the genius single The Sun A Small Star.

Two albums have been released under his own name:

1. Westlake (1987) on Creation Records was recorded with Luke Haines (later of The Auteurs, etc.), who went on to be in the second line-up of The Servants.

2. Play Dusty For Me (2002), recorded in Ireland after a 10-year break from the music business.

Around the time The Servants split in 1991, huge fan and Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch was trying to locate David Westlake in hope of forming a band with him, before launching Belle in his school class instead.

And that was that . . . Wiki says he’s now lecturing at Brunel University in Uxbridge (in the westernmost zone of Greater London), and the Brunel University website lists him as having done a PhD on “The Inn Crowd: Lawyers and Jacobean city comedy” . . . cool!

Discography, press and videos at the offical website:

“She’s Always Hiding”/”Transparent” (Mar 1986, Head Records, HEAD1 [7”]) - as The Servants
“The Sun, a Small Star”/”Meredith”/”It Takes No Gentleman”/”Funny Business” (Oct 1986, Head Records, HEAD3 [12”]) - as The Servants
“It’s My Turn”/”Afterglow” (Sep 1989, Glass Records, GLASS056 [7”]) - as The Servants

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