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Go West, an English pop duo, formed in 1982 by lead vocalist Peter Cox and rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist Richard Drummie. The outfit enjoyed their peak of popularity between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s. They are best known for the international Top 10 hits,“We Close Our Eyes“, “Call Me” and “King of Wishful Thinking“…
The duo have become known for one of the most defining songs of the late 80s and early 90s.
Go West : The Beginning
Peter Cox met Richard Drummie in 1974 and played him a demo tape. Richard liked what he heard and so began their continuing friendship and collaboration.
It was 1982 when Peter Cox and Richard Drummie first pulled their artistic talents together to form Go West. With only a publishing deal and a porta-studio, but lacking a band or record company, Peter and Richard decided, with the help of their manager, John Glover, to find a producer, go into the studio and record two of their songs for themselves.
They signed a publishing deal as songwriters ‘Cox and Drummie’. Then recorded their first two singles ‘We Close Our Eyes’ and ‘Call Me’ and renamed themselves Go West. Within a matter of days of completion of these tracks, John was negotiating with Chrysalis Records and Go West finally had a record deal.
Top 40 Hits
Their debut single ‘We Close Our Eyes’, released in 1985 reached number four in the UK charts, and became a top ten hit in the USA. The success of the track was followed by three other top ten hits; ‘Call Me’, ‘Goodbye Girl’ and ‘Don’t Look Down’.
The video for the We Close Our Eyes became a popular fixture on MTV. In 1986 they won the BRIT Award for ‘Best British Newcomer’ – the one BRIT award decided by the listening public.
Their success, both in the UK and US saw their tracks pick up traction when they were used for a host of movies. Their hit, One Way Street was part of the Rocky IV soundtrack. Don’t Be Afraid of Your Dreams featured in the film A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master during the closing credits.
The album ‘Go West’ sold 1.5 million copies worldwide and remained on the UK chart for 83 weeks. The pair not just as a chart force but as one of the great singer/songwriter duos to emerge in the 80s.
In 1987, they released their second album ‘Dancing On The Couch’. The singles ‘True Colours’, ‘I Wanna Hear It From You’ and ‘The King Is Dead’ were all top 30 hits. Although it did not match the sales success of their debut LP, the album provided further evidence of their strength as songwriters. And subsequently it’s become something of a cult collectors item.
Awards + Sync Placements
In 1992 their third album ‘Indian Summer’ was released. Written and recorded in California, it further justified legendary producer Arif Mardin’s early description of Go West as ‘modern Motown’.
Their 1985 debut was a polished set that produced two Top 40 singles. But their biggest song to date, was “King of Wishful Thinking” from the 90’s blockbuster rom-com “Pretty Woman” soundtrack.
In the film, the song plays over the opening credits, with the main characters repeatedly referenced in the music video.
Despite being more than 30 years old, the song still maintains a cult following. Jimmy Fallon recreated the music video alongside Paul Rudd in February 2018.
The film’s soundtrack sold over 10 million copies worldwide. The track received ASCAP awards in 1991 and 1992 as one of the most played songs on American radio. ‘Faithful’, the second single from the album, received similar BMI Awards in 1992 and 1993.