Westworld (British band)
|Genres||Pop rock, rockabilly|
|Associated acts||Generation X, Empire, Moondogg, Speedtwinn|
|Past members||Bob "Derwood" Andrews|
Gary "Gaz" Young
Tracey "T.J." O'Conner
Named after the sci-fi film Westworld, it was 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. Before the recording and release of their third and final album, Burton left the band and was replaced by Gary "Gaz" Young and Tracey "T.J." O'Conner, making them a quartet.
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.
A retrospective LP, entitled Sick Cool, containing material from the band recorded in the period 1992-1994 period was commercially released in 2018 in the United States.
- 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.
- Sick Cool (2018) (retrospective release of material from 1992-1994)
- "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)
- "Biography by John Bush". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 597. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Sleevenotes, Shag Times, KLF Communications, KLF DLP3, 1988.
- Entry for 'Sick Cool' in 'cdbaby.com' (2018). https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/westworld15