About Theatre of Hate
Theatre of Hate are a British post-punk band formed in Britain in 1980.
Led by singer-songwriter Kirk Brandon , the original group also consisted of guitarist Steve Guthrie, bassist Stan Stammers , saxophonist John "Boy" Lennard and drummer Luke Rendle .
The Pack were a British punk rock band formed in 1978, comprising Kirk Brandon on vocals and guitar, Simon Werner on guitar, Jonathan Werner on bass, and Rab Fae Beith on drums. Beith was eventually replaced by Jim Walker. The band released two singles in 1979, ""Heathen" and "King of Kings", and the Kirk Brandon & The Pack of Lies EP in 1980, before splitting. Their posthumous releases were the Long Live the Past EP ; The Pack 1982 live album, recorded in 1979 and released on cassette only on Walker's Donut Records label; and the collection Dead Ronin .
In 1980, the Pack ended and Theatre of Hate were formed, with Luke Rendle on drums, Stan Stammers joining on bass, Steve Guthrie on guitar and John "Boy" Lennard on sax . Inspired by Antonin Artaud's book Theatre and its Double. The band took its name from the concept of the Theatre of Cruelty: "Artaud called for the emotional involvement of the audience. Singer Brandon borrowed the thespian term because he was trying to do the same." The first Theatre of Hate release was the "Original Sin" single in November 1980, which reached No. 5 on the UK Indie Chart. " It was followed by "Rebel Without a Brain" in April 1981, and "Nero" in July. They garnered much early attention as a live act and made their full-length debut in 1981 with the live album He Who Dares Wins , released on vinyl on their own Burning Rome label. Guthrie left the band shortly after the album's release. Another live recording followed, Live at the Lyceum, issued on cassette, also in 1981.
In August 1981, Theatre of Hate entered the studio with producer Mick Jones of the Clash to record their first non-live album, Westworld, released on 19 February 1982 by Burning Rome. Shortly after the album was recorded, new guitarist Billy Duffy joined the band, and soon after that, drummer Rendle was replaced by Nigel Preston. The album reached No. 17 in the UK Albums Chart, and also spawned the Top 40 single "Do You Believe in the West World".
Also in February 1982, in an effort to combat bootlegging of their concerts, Theatre of Hate released another live album, He Who Dares Wins, recorded in September 1981 in Berlin.
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