Bob Andrews (guitarist)

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Bob "Derwood" Andrews
Birth name Robert Ian Andrews
Also known as Derwood
Born (1959-06-17) 17 June 1959 (age 55)
Fulham, London, England
Genres Rock, punk rock, post-punk, electronica, country
Occupations Musician, songwriter, singer, guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1976–present
Associated acts Generation X, Empire, Westworld, Moondogg, Dead Horse, Speedtwinn, Paradox

Bob "Derwood" Andrews (born Robert Ian Andrews; 17 June 1959, Fulham, London)[1][2] is an English guitarist, and former member of the punk rock band, Generation X.

Career[edit]

Generation X[edit]

At the age of 17, Bob "Derwood" Andrews played in an alternative cover band called Paradox which included well known local musicians of the time, Gary Claydon and Chris "Noggin" McCullough. They were performing at the Fulham Arts Centre for one of their gigs when Billy Idol noticed Derwood. A few days later, he was recruited to join the then newly formed Generation X.

The band signed to Chrysalis Records and released their first single, "Your Generation," in September 1977, performing the song on Marc Bolan's Marc TV show that same month. Derwood remained with the band through their first two albums, the self-titled Generation X (1977), followed by Valley of the Dolls (1979). In May 1979, Derwood told the band that he was quitting, wanting to form his own band, Empire. His departure would be short lived, however, as he soon came back to finish up remaining live dates as well as recording what was to have been the band's third album, Sweet Revenge (eventually released in 1998 by Empty Records, and then later as a second disc of the Anthology boxed set in 2003 by EMI Records). Internal disagreements came throughout the year until 19 December, when Derwood again announced to the band that he was leaving. He would be joined by drummer Mark Laff a month later.

Empire[edit]

Derwood and Laff formed the cult band Empire along with bassist Simon Bernal in mid 1980. At the age of 21, Derwood was writing and singing along with honing his skills on guitar. Empire released "Hot Seat" as a single and one commercially unsuccessful album, Expensive Sound. The trio undertook four gigs, before Bernal left. After many replacements and more gigs, Laff decided to quit on 9 February 1983. They then morphed into New Empire with Babel Wallace taking over on vocals, Mike Gregovich on bass and Crispin Taylor as drummer. This outfit released only a white label 12 inch, but toured in UK a lot (supporting artists like John Miles and Roman Holliday) and later in Spain, where the band enjoyed an unexpected degree of success. This would not be enough for Derwood, who was dissatisfied with the band's new musical direction and the financial issues related to touring. He disbanded New Empire in early 1984.

Today they are regarded as one of the most influential post-punk bands to the emo genre.[citation needed]

Westworld and Moondogg[edit]

After some time, in 1986 Derwood had moved on to his next incarnation as leader and guitarist in the British "beatbox rock'n'roll" band Westworld. Having finally found the perfect singer in Elizabeth Westwood, they achieved many hits throughout Europe and released three albums. Always pushing the boundaries of music genres, Derwood kept Elizabeth as singer and moved on to form the very eclectic band Moondogg along with UK sound artist Martin Lee Stephenson in 1994.

Speedtwinn[edit]

In 1998, Andrews and former Twenty Flight Rockers vocalist Gary Twinn formed Speedtwinn along with Mario Barmosca and Dale Daniel. They released an album in 2003, California, right after Andrews had left the band.

Reunions[edit]

1993 saw a Generation X reunion for one night only at the Astoria Theatre in London, during Billy Idol's No Religion Tour in support of the album Cyberpunk. In 2006, Andrews and Laff re-recorded "Hot Seat" as Empire to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Expensive Sound. In 2011, Andrews reformed Empire again with vocalist Babel Wallace and drummer Jerry Judd for the recording of a song called "Bed Head", soon to be appearing on the upcoming Babel Wallace solo compilation Good Things Can Happen.

Other works[edit]

In 1980, before forming Empire, Andrews and Mark Laff recorded on the first Jimmy Pursey solo record, Imagination Camouflage.

Andrews has played guitar for many people including a long stint with one of his heroes, Swamp Dogg.

Tone Poet is his latest CD and only solo album. It features his trademark guitar style along with songs from all traveled paths, even some punk banjo picking. He has just completed an autobiography on the life of a rock'n'roll musician titled Loud Guitarist.

Andrews' song catalogue has been covered by diverse artists such as U.S. Bombs and L.A. Guns.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Generation X
Generation X Compilations
Empire
  • 1981 – Expensive Sound (Dinosaur Discs) (American reissue in 1986 by Highway 61 Records).
  • 2003 – Expensive Sound (Poorly Packaged Products Records) (Also featuring 7 previously unreleased songs and 4 live cuts).
  • 2009/2012 – Volume II – Expansive Sound (Poorly Packaged Products Records) (the never issued before New Empire tracks, plus covers and live cuts from 1983–84).
  • 2012 – Babel Wallace solo compilation Good Things Can Happen (Poorly Packaged Products Records) (Featuring 3 New Empire tracks and the reunion song "Bed Head").
Westworld
  • 1987 – Where the Action Is (RCA Records) UK No. 49
  • 1987 – Rockulator (RCA Records) (US release of Where the Action Is with different track listing and artwork and some new mixes).
  • 1988 – Beatbox Rock 'N' Roll (RCA Records) (not released in the UK).
  • 1991 – Movers and Shakers (MCA Records) (not released in the UK).
  • 1997 – Beatbox Rock 'N' Roll (Camden Records) (Compilation album, not to be confused with the same-titled second album).
Moondogg
  • 1996 – Fat Lot of Good (Better Records)
  • 2001 – God's Wallop (D.O.R.)
  • 2004 – All the Love in the World (Rubbercheese Music)
Speedtwinn
  • 2003 – California (Orange Music)

Solo records[edit]

  • 2007 – Tone Poet (digital download)
  • 2010 – Cover Yer Arse compilation (Main Man Records)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biodata at weheartthis.com
  2. ^ International Who's Who in Popular Music 2006, p. 14. Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2006 (ISBN 185743367X; ISBN 978-1-85743-367-8)

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