Go West were a British pop duo who were formed in 1982 by lead
vocalist/drummer Peter Cox and guitarist/vocalist Richard Drummie. The 80s produced their biggest hits with "We Close Our Eyes" being the band's debut single - this reached # 5 in the UK Singles Chart.
We Close Our Eyes (1985)
We Close Our Eyes is often described as the quintessential 80s tune. It was very typical
80s pop and released right in the middle of the decade in 1985. This was
Go West's debut single and managed to reach Number 5 in the UK. Suprisingly, this was
their only hit to make the top 10.
The song received a lot of radio airplay in America and also reached No.5 on the US Dance Club Play Chart and No.41 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.The imaginative and eye-catching video was directed by Godley & Creme and helped the band to be voted the "Best Newcomers" at the 1986 Brit Awards. The song was part of the soundtrack for the Italian low-budget horror movie Demoni (Demons).
Call Me (1985)
This was the band's second single and was slightly less successful than "We Close Our Eyes", reaching No.12 in the UK.
Go West's self-titled debut album was released in 1985 and included the hit singles "We Close Our Eyes", "Call Me" (above) "Goodbye Girl" and "Don't Look Down". The album itself reached No.8 in the UK album charts which was pretty successful for the 80s. Bangs and Crashes, an album of remixes, b-sides and live tracks, was released in 1986.
Don't Look Down (Live)
"Don't Look Down" was the last of the singles to be take from the debut album "Go West". It managed to reach a respectable No.13 and was my personal favourite Go West song.
In 1987, Go West released their follow-up album, Dancing on the Couch, which made No.19 in the UK Album Charts. Although several singles were released from the album, they all failed to reach the UK Top 40.
The lads released a fairly successful comeback single in 1990 entitled "King of Wishful Thinking", which was taken from the album Indian Summer and was also the soundtrack to the Pretty Woman movie.
There were two more hit singles from the same album, "Faithful" (No.13 - UK) and "What You Won't Do For Love" (No.15 - UK).
The last two hit singles from Go West were "Tracks Of My Tears" (No.16 - UK) and a "We Close Our Eyes" Remix (No.40 - UK) which both featured on the 1993 album Aces and Kings - The Best of Go West.
After this album, the band took a very long break and Peter Cox released a self-titled solo album in 1997, and several solo albums during the Noughties.
The band released a brand new album futurenow on 23 June 2008 - now that was a long break!
Go West performing The King of Wishful Thinking on Top Of The Pops in 1990
Okay, this isn't quite an 80s hit, but it was the band's first Top 40 single for almost five years after their previous album "Dancing On The Couch" produced no Top 40 singles.