Thursday, November 16, 2017

"We Close Our Eyes" by Go West

Song#:  2224
Date:  02/23/1985
Debut:  95
Peak:  41
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul

Pop Bits:  This UK duo of Peter Cox and Richard Drummie recorded a two-song demo that got the attention of Chrysalis Records. After signing a deal, they set out to record their self-titled debut album. This first single was issued and in their home country it became a hit reaching #5 on the chart. In the US, it would also reach #5 on the Dance chart, but it didn't do as well at Pop just missing out on the Top 40 at the dreaded #41 position.  However, that seemed to be enough to draw folks to the album and it peaked at a respectable #60 (#8 UK).

ReduxReview:  One of the things this duo did well was to come up with big, memorable synth riffs like the one at the beginning of this song. It grabs your attention right away and is quite memorable. I like this song but have always thought it was a bit disjointed, like the various sections were created separately and stitched together. Still, the song worked but it was the forceful synth line that made it memorable.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Although it was not created for the film, this song was included on the soundtrack to the 1985 Italian horror flick Dèmoni (English title: Demons). That movie was co-written and produced by Dario Argento. Argento had written, directed and/or produced many horror/thriller films since the late '60s. Arguably one of his most famous creations was the 1977 surreal supernatural thriller Suspiria, which is often included on lists of best horror films. Demons was quite successful in Europe and it ended up spawning seven sequels over the years.


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