Biography

After cutting his musical teeth in Chicago’s beloved garage-rock combo Kingsize, Wes Hollywood decided to broaden his horizons by forming the eponymous Wes Hollywood Show in 1999. Over five years and four albums, the signature Wes Hollywood sound came into focus – a muscular mix of new wave and power pop that earned the band a legion of fans and a serious reputation, culminating with the Moonraker LP, a well-loved touchstone of the Chicago scene. But never satisfied and always looking for ways to reinvent himself, Wes formed the band tenniscourts in 2007.

Over the years, Wes has stomped on every big stage in Chicago, including The Metro, Double Door, Schuba’s, Bottom Lounge and The Hideout, to name but a few. His music has beamed from the antennae of WXRT, WLUW, WKQX (Q 101) and all of those left-of-the-dial stations that cool people listen to as well.

But now Wes has taken the best of everything he’s done, cherry-picking the best of his accompanists and ideas under his original nom de guerre Wes Hollywood. He has finally put together the perfect distillation of his delirious pop style, and the new LP Fantasy Arcade is the result.

Personnel

Wes Hollywood:
Vocals, Guitar, Synthesizers

Pete Javier:
Guitar, Vocals

Spencer Matern:
Bass, Vocals

Tom Shover:
Drums, Vocals

Discography

FULL LENGTH ALBUMS

Wes Hollywood
Fantasy Arcade
(2012) The Sweet Science Records
LP: SWS–403

tenniscourts
Dig The New Sounds of tenniscourts
(2008) The Sweet Science Records
LP: SWS–401
CD: SWS–202

tenniscourts
tenniscourts
(2007) Pop Ulysses
CD: PUR–02

The Wes Hollywood Show
Moonraker
(2003) Net Wt. Records
CD: NET–009

The Wes Hollywood Show
The Girls Are Never Ending
(2000) Net Wt. Records
CD: NET–003

The Wes Hollywood Show
Grade A Grey Day
(2000) Net Wt. Records
CD: NET–002EP

The Wes Hollywood Show
Playing Favourites
(1999) Net Wt. Records
CD: NET–001

Wes Hollywood
Secret Identity Crisis
(1998) Wes Hollywood
CD: WH–01

SINGLES

tenniscourts / David Singer (split single)
Swimming Pool / French Cuffs
(2008) The Sweet Science Records
7″: SWS–301

The Wes Hollywood Show
Season’s Greetings from London Town
(2001) Net Wt. Records
CD: NET–S008

The Wes Hollywood Show
Happy for X-mas
(1999) Net Wt. Records
CASSETTE: NET–CS001

LIVE / COMPILATIONS

tenniscourts
The International Pop Overthrow vol. 9
(2006) Not Lame Records
CD: NL-122

Wes Hollywood (solo)
Live at Schubas 2/21/05
(2005) eMusic Live
CD

The Wes Hollywood Show
Live at Double Door 10/20/04
(2004) eMusic Live
CD

The Wes Hollywood Show
Cherry Bomb
(2004) Seng Brothers Productions
CD: JAN–04

The Wes Hollywood Show
Live at Schubas 4/21/04
(2004) eMusic Live
CD

The Wes Hollywood Show
MMC 2002 Compilation
(2002) Black Sun Music
CD: MMC82002

The Wes Hollywood Show
Turn it Up: Windrift 2002 Sampler
(2002) Windrift Music
CD: WM1003–CD

The Wes Hollywood Show
CD Baby: Rock’Pop
(2001) CD Baby
CD: AUG–01

GUEST APPEARANCES / FORMER PROJECTS / ONE-OFFS

Wes Hollywood (synthesizer)
Menthol
City Lights (e.p.)
(2006) unreleased

Wes Hollywood (vocals)
Adam Metz
2400 S. Klonopin Ave.
(2006) Baum Records
CD: 52102

Wes Hollywood (vocals)
The Me Decade
Gentrification is Theft
(2002) Spade Kitty Records
CD: SK017

Wes Hollywood (vocals)
Larry O. Dean
Sir Slob
(2001) Zenith Beast Records
CD: ZB011

kingsize
Synthetic Sunshine (e.p.)
(1998) Musk Factory Music
CD

kingsize
Music of Chicago 4 (compilation)
(1997) Simon Seng Records
CD: SSR 12

kingsize
Bubblegum and Lithium
(1997) Beluga Records
CD: BEL–008

kingsize
Music of Chicago 1 (compilation)
(1996) Simon Seng Records
CD

kingsize
Impenetrable (single)
(1996) Musk Factory Music
CASSETTE

kingsize
Millionaire (single)
(1995) Hesperus Records/Musk Factory Music
7″: HESP–002