Westworld (British band)
|Genres||Glam rock, post-punk|
|Members||Bob "Derwood" Andrews
Named after the sci-fi film Westworld, they were formed in 1986 by former Generation X guitarist Bob "Derwood" Andrews and American vocalist Elizabeth Westwood. The line up was completed by drummer Nick Burton.
Visually the band were styled in a way reminiscent of comic book art and musically they were a blend of classic 1950s rock and roll, glam and punk, updated with beatboxes and sequencer. They had an early success with their debut single "Sonic Boom Boy", which reached #11 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1987, and was used in Sony's advertisements. They had one more Top 40 hit, "Ba-Na-Na-Bam-Boo" which reached #37 in May the same year. They released three albums before moving to the Arizona desert in the US in 1992 to form the band Moondogg.
The JAMs' "Whitney Joins the JAMs", a house mash-up single, was built around samples of Whitney Houston, Isaac Hayes, Lalo Schifrin's Mission: Impossible theme tune, and (according to later sleevenotes), Westworld.
Westworld's track, "Ba-Na-Na-Bam-Boo", appeared on the soundtrack to the 1987 film, Planes, Trains & Automobiles; whilst another of their songs, "So Long Cowboy", was on the soundtrack to the 1991 movie Point Break.
- Where the Action Is - (1987) - UK #49
- Rockulator - (1987) US release of Where The Action Is with different track listing and artwork and some new mixes.
- Beatbox Rock 'N' Roll - (1988) Not released in the UK
- Movers and Shakers - (1991) Not released in the UK
- Beatbox Rock 'N' Roll - (1997) Compilation album, not to be confused with the same-titled second album.
- "Sonic Boom Boy" - (1987) - UK #11
- "Ba-Na-Na-Bam-Boo" - (1987) - UK #37
- "Where the Action Is" - (1987) - UK #54
- "Silvermac" - (1987) - UK #42
- "Everything Good is Bad" - (1988) - UK #72
- "Dance On" - (1989)
- "Do No Wrong" - (1991)
- "Lipsyncher" - (1992)