Formed in September 1981, Theatre of Hate originally comprised Kirk Brandon, John Lennard, Stan Stammers, Steve Guthrie and Luke Rendle. They established themselves as a strong live act, with a penchant for hard, uncompromising lyrics, and harrowing, martial rhythms. The band’s 1982 studio debut Westworld was produced by Mick Jones of the Clash (he also played guitar) and proved commercial enough to infiltrate the UK Top 20. The attendant single, ‘Do You Believe In The Westworld?’, also gave the band their only Top 40 singles entry. Shortly after the album was recorded, drummer Rendle was replaced by Nigel Preston and Billy Duffy joined on guitar, but despite their promise and strong following, Theatre Of Hate fell apart at the start of 1983. Brandon and Stammers went on to form Spear of Destiny, while Duffy joined the Cult.