Go West Introduction
About the Song
|Artist||Pet Shop Boys||Musician(s)||Neil Tennant (vocals), Chris Lowe (keyboards), Stephen Hague and Mark Stent (mixing), Sylvia Mason-James (back-up vocals), Richard Niles (arrangements), J.J. Belle (guitar), Phil Todd, Snake Davis, John Barclay, John Thirkell and Mark Nightingale (brass), Scott Altman, James Bassi, Hugh Berberich, Rodne Brown, Maurizio Corbino, Martin Doner, Dan Egan, James Gandre, Paul Houghtaling, Michael Hume, Robert Kuehn, Drew Martin, Joseph Nelson Neal, Mark Rehnstrom, Steven Tachell and Frank Nemhauser (backing choir)|
|Label||Parlophone (UK), EMVERB (US)|
|Writer(s)||Jacques Morali, Henri Bololo, Victor Willis (Village People version), Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant (additional lyrics for Pet Shop Boys version)|
|Producer(s)||Pet Shop Boys, Stephen Hague, Brothers in Rhythm|
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The Pet Shop Boys covered the song quite ironically in 1993, just after the Cold War finally slumped to an end with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. By then, the vision of a gay utopia promoted by the Village People was in a shambles with the growing devastation of the AIDS crisis. "Go West" might have been a victory cry from the democratic Western nations, or it might have been a lament for the losses the virus had wreaked on the gay community since the idealistic 1970s. But no one (not even boastful Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant) expected "Go West" to become a British soccer anthem. Ah, the transcendent powers of electronic music.
On the ChartsThe Pet Shop Boys' version of "Go West" was a #1 hit in Germany and a #2 hit in France, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K. It charted at #3 in the Netherlands, #5 in Norway, and #10 in Australia, but did not chart on the Hot 100 in the United States.
The song went up to number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play list in December 1993.
Very was the number one album in the U.K. for a week in 1993, making it the duo's only number one album.
In 2009 the Pet Shop Boys won an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music at the Brit Awards (the British Grammys, kind of). They were joined onstage by their old friend Brandon Flowers and their new friend Lady Gaga.