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 themselves. These songs were ‘We Close Our Eyes’
and ‘Call Me’
. Within a matter of days John was negotiating with Chrysalis Records and ‘Go West’
obtained their first record deal.
Their debut single ‘We Close Our Eyes’
was released in 1985 and reached number 4 in the UK charts and became a top 10 hit in the USA. The success of ‘We Close Our Eyes’ was followed by three other top 10 hits – ‘Call Me
’, ‘Goodbye Girl’
and ‘Don’t Look Down’.
Their debut self-titled album ‘Go West’ sold 1.5 million copies world-wide and established the pair as a chart force and as one of the greatest singer-song-writer duos to emerge in the 80’s. They became the focus of media attention, gracing magazine covers and making numerous TV appearances. In 1986 they won a BRIT Award for ‘Best British Newcomer.’
Their second album, ‘Dancing On The Couch’ was released in 1987. The singles ‘True Colours’
, ‘I Want To Hear It From You’
and ‘The King Is Dead’
were all top 30 hits and although it did not match the success of their debut LP in sales, it once again established them as extraordinary song writers and has become something of a cult ‘collectors item’.
In 1992 their third album ‘Indian Summer’ was a more mellow album, justifying more than ever their early description by legendary producer Arif Mardin as ‘modern Motown’. This album contained their single ‘The King Of Wishful Thinking’
, the opening song in the hugely successful film ‘Pretty Woman’
. The soundtrack album from this film has sold over 10 million copies world-wide. ‘The King Of Wishful Thinking’
received an ASCAP Award in 1991 and 1992 for one of the most played songs on American radio and ‘Faithful’ the second single from this album received a similar BMI Award in 1992 and 1993.
‘Aces and Kings’, the album released in 1993, was a collection of their Greatest Hits and the single ‘Tracks Of My Tears’
a re-working of Smokey Robinson’s classic, was released from this album, which once again entered the Top 20 singles chart.
In the year 2000, ‘Go West’ released a new album ‘The Best Of Go West – Live at the NEC’ which included their first studio recording together for seven years ‘Hanging On For Dear Life’.
April 2001 saw the release of ‘The Best Of Go West – Live At The NEC’, a concert recorded during their tour of 1993. This contained all their best-known songs, together with two new tracks. Later that year they performed on the ‘Here & Now’ arena tours of the UK and Australia, together with Paul Young, Kim Wilde, Belinda Carlisle & The Human League.
Following Peter’s success on the TV series ‘Reborn In The USA’ he, Go West and Tony Hadley performed together on a 60 date UK tour in 2004.
In 2005, Go West celebrated their 20th anniversary and undertook another UK tour. They had already begun work on the songs for what would become their next album, 'futurenow', and used the tour to 'road test' the material on their faithful fans.
In early 2008 Go West headlined a tour of Australia and that autumn saw the release of 'futurenow', the band's first studio album since 1992.
In April 2010 they toured the UK to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their first, multi-million selling album.
Go West continue to headline at Festivals throughout the UK and the World; they are regulars at the Rewind Festivals, always performing to sell-out crowds and rave reviews.