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Go West – We Close Our Eyes

And while we miss chances
You can almost hear time slipping away
We close our eyes, we never lose a game
Imagination never lets us take the blame
#GoWest #WeCloseOurEyes

Several times by now, we have said that the absolute best period of all the 80s was probably the months between November 1984 and July 1985. A period that started with the release of immortal songs like Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band Aid and Last Christmas by Wham!, and ended with the double concert of Live Aid, a real watershed between the first and second part of the 80s.

And during those months fabulous songs were born, even two or three songs came out together on the same day, but above all groups appeared that did not always have a long history, but certainly left an indelible trace on the history of pop.

Towards the end of February 1985, for example, the first single ever by a new group was released. An English group that had formed three years earlier, and that had finally managed to get a contract from a famous label. The group was made up of an absolutely charismatic, and apparently rough character, singer Peter Cox, and guitarist Richard Drummie. In other words, Go West.

They introduced themselves to the world with an absolutely impactful single: We Close Our Eyes. Overwhelming music, an intro created with synthesizers over a rock rhythm, with a slightly funky bass to complete the work.

The text was particular, with some curious elements, but without a true realistic narrative. However, it did have some captivating phrases scattered throughout the song, like the Wednesday girl waiting with wine, or the verse where we hear time slipping away while we miss chances: pure philosophy!
The lyrics were remarkable, the music was irresistible, but it is undeniable that the video also played a huge role in the success of We Close Our Eyes.

The video was directed by the masters Godley and Creme, who during the 80s had directed absolute masterpieces such as Fade to Grey by Visage, Girls on Film by Duran Duran, Victims by Culture Club, Every Breath You Take and other videos by The Police, and The Power of Love by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

The video was quite peculiar and in a certain sense it was all a special effect: Peter Cox and Richard Drummie appear in front of a background between blue and light purple, and besides them we only see wooden mannequins. Peter Cox, in particular, has clothing that will make history, because he shows up with jeans and a work tank top that doesn’t even look too clean at first glance. In fact, he clearly wants to give himself a working-class image, since he has a huge wrench in his hand, an industrial tool that in some moments he handles like a guitar or a bass.

Finally, throughout the song, numbers scroll by, like a kind of count. I noticed: the numbers are in sequence and range from 1 to 45. Perhaps with this Godley and Creme wanted to recall the concept of the 45 rpm vinyls, which was the format of singles at the time. The assonance, however, is only superficial, because the term 45 rpm did not indicate that the song took place over 45 laps, but that the turntable turned at the (angular) speed of 45 rings per minute; therefore, since the song takes more than three minutes, the total laps are miore than one hundred and fifty.
It doesn’t matter: the trick of numbers still added charm and mystery to a simple, slightly bizarre, but absolutely unmissable video. One of those videos that, even if you had seen it a million times, whatever you were doing you had to stop and watch it.

In short, in those last days of February the story of Go West began, a group of great success in Europe and also in America, with a few songs of incredible fame, who continued to make music and concerts, with an album released even in 2016.

In short, I would say that by going west, they absolutely found success.

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