GO WEST in the 80S and 90s
By Mark Nobes, chief editor
Go West are a unique British pop duo that were formed in 1982 by lead vocalist/drummer Peter Cox and guitarist/vocalist Richard Drummie. They are best known for their top 20 hit singles "We Close Our Eyes", "Call Me" and "Don't Look Down" in the 1980s, and also the 90s hits "King of Wishful Thinking", "Faithful", "What You Won't Do For Love" and "The Track of My Tears".
Early Years (1982-1984)
1985 - Go West (Chrysalis) - No.8
1987 - Dancing On The Couch (Chrysalis) - No.19
1992 - Indian Summer (Chrysalis) - No.13
2008 - Futurenow (Blueprint Records) - did not chart
2013 - 3D (Blueprint Records) - did not chart
Peak chart positions shown are for the UK
We Close Our Eyes
The duo's debut single from 1985 is often described as the quintessential 80s tune. It is very typical of 80s synthpop, and managed to reach Number 5 in the UK. Surprisingly, 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.
CALL Me (1985)
This was the band's second single and was slightly less successful than their debut, 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", "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 (1986)
DON'T LOOK DOWN
Don't Look Down was the last of the singles to be taken from the band's debut album. It managed to reach a respectable No.13 and was my personal favourite Go West song.
In 1986, the duo released a remix album entitled Bangs and Crashes, although it failed to chart. It featured remixes of singles, as well as new tracks including One Way Street which was released as a single.
Dancing on the Couch - the Difficult second album
Go West Smash Hits poster from 1986
The lads released a successful comeback single in 1990 entitled King of Wishful Thinking, which later featured on the 1992 album Indian Summer, and was also on the soundtrack and opening credits to the Pretty Woman movie. Thanks to the movie's popularity, the song gained a cult following.
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 new album futurenow on 23 June 2008, but had now ditched Chrysalis records for the new label Blueprint.
In 2016, a new track by Go West entitled "Determination" was included on the compilation album Fly - Songs Inspired by the Film Eddie the Eagle. If you haven't listened to this album yet then I recommend going to Spotify and having a listen, because it features some fantastic tunes from 80s artists which were produced by Gary Barlow.
Official Website: gowest.org.uk
Let's Rock Christmas (2017)
Richard Drummie and Peter Cox of Go West in San Francisco, California - October, 1985