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Theatre of Hate were a post-punk, goth rock band which formed in Britain in 1980, and disbanded in late 1982. However, they toured in April 2007, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their acclaimed Westworld album, which was reissued with some newly recorded tracks. Check for info.

Led by singer-songwriter and ex-member of punk band The Pack, Kirk Brandon, the original group also consisted of: guitarist Simon Werner, bassist Jonathan Werner (some sources say Jamie Stewart of The Cult fame) and drummer Luke Rendle.

Theatre of Hate garnered much early attention as a live act and in 1981 made their debut with the concert LP He Who Dares Wins Live at the Warehouse Leeds. Shortly after the album’s release however, Brandon fired the remainder of the band and assembled a new line-up consisting of: guitarist Billy Duffy (formerly of The Nosebleeds), bassist Stan Stammers, saxophonist John Lennard and drummer Luke Rendle from Crisis (who was soon after replaced by Nigel Preston).

Another concert recording, Live at the Lyceum, followed in 1982 before Theatre of Hate entered the studio with producer Mick Jones of The Clash to record their first non-live album debut, Westworld, which went on to reach the UK Top 20. The album also spawned the Top 40 single “Do You Believe in the Westworld?”.

In late 1982, Theatre of Hate released another live album entitled He Who Dares Wins: Live in Berlin.


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  • Nox-Aeternus

    - Love Theatre of Hate ! Les Jumelles Monosy-Goths !

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Nerointrigo

    all the bands that prefer

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • Nerointrigo

    '' Theatre of Hate - bauhaus - Joy Division - and MMMMMMMMMMHHH Sister of Mercy - and mmmmmm and mmmmm CURE First era . killing joke - suicide - FINISH ( the best bands of the first wave & post punk and new wave music ghotic )

    29 May 2014 Reply
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  • Miss_Burstner

    Just awesome <3

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • janelesque

    Really good. Glad I found Westworld.

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • thrillseeker01

    Hi,there are some K.B. images on the Pack page.Please go over there and vote `em up!

    21 Sep 2012 Reply
  • trad-goth

    Check it out Kirk Brandon Fan club

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • flytheflag

    i lol'd at deathrock too... personally i never understood all the subgenres of punk punkrock rock deathrock postpunk postpunkrock blah blah.... punk can be punk and rock can be rock... there sorted!

    19 May 2012 Reply
  • slowpulse-girl

    TOH 'deathrock' ..what ! HAHA okay guys this deathrock tag is getting a bit out of hand, not every punk/ post-punk band that is slightly 'goth tinged' is automatically deathrock. Think a little bit before tagging.. there is a huge difference between gothrock and deathrock, and TOH doesn't fall anywhere into this area ..

    18 May 2012 Reply
  • slowpulse-girl

    one of the best of the era. can't wait to see them in May

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    I bought ,do you believe in the west world on a 12 inch single back in 1981,five tracks i think,biggest mistake i ever made selling it to my brother.

    25 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Igor2010

    muito bom adoro..essa banda..abraço a todos que tambem escutam.

    27 Feb 2011 Reply
  • uzpurne

    Deathrock, lulz.

    6 Feb 2011 Reply
  • punilux

    Live the where great aswell as their 7''s, the westworld album was a great disapointment at the time. overproduced

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • lordbanko

    awesome..........................remind me of the contemporary rock band rancid

    10 Oct 2010 Reply
  • trad-goth

    Theatre of Hate are amazing in every way possible and Westworld has to be one of the greatest post-punk record ever made.

    7 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Hugo_A-Go-Go

    They should have been huge. For me 'Westworld' is a landmark post-punk record. Timeless.

    23 May 2010 Reply
  • Lady_Strix

    very nice

    17 May 2010 Reply
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