Jimmy Fallon has recreated Go West’s ‘King Of Wishful Thinking’ music video in a sketch for The Tonight Show, alongside Paul Rudd. The pair filmed a shot-for-shot remake with Fallon playing guitarist and vocalist Richard Drummie, whilst Rudd played lead singer Peter Cox. Watch the original and the remake here.
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Peter Cox and Richard Drummie formed Go West in 1982. Starting out with only a publishing deal and a TASCAM Portastudio, they sought out a producer and recorded two songs, ‘We Close Our Eyes’ and ‘Call Me’ without any other band members.
‘We Close Our Eyes’ was selected as their debut single on Chrysalis Records in 1985, shooting straight in at No.5 in the UK chart and hitting No.1 in New Zealand’s equivalent. This single was succeeded by three more hits: the aforementioned ‘Call Me’, ‘Goodbye Girl’ and ‘Don’t Look Down’. Their self-titled debut album drew lots of attention around the world, winning the band a BRIT Award in 1986 for Best British Newcomer.
Their second album, Dancing on the Couch, was released in 1987 and made the UK top 20, spawning hits such as ‘True Colours’, ‘I Want to Hear it From You’ and ‘The King is Dead’.
In 1992 Go West’s third album Indian Summer was released, which included ‘King Of Wishful Thinking’, used as the opening song in the hugely successful film ‘Pretty Woman’, the soundtrack of which sold over 10 million copies worldwide. ‘King Of Wishful Thinking’ received ASCAP awards in 1991 and 1992 as one of the most played songs on American radio.
After a break Go West reunited in 2004 for two sold-out arena tours, then celebrated their 20th anniversary with another run of shows in 2005. The bands most recent ‘Futurenow’ LP was released in 2008, with final album ‘3D’ dropping in 2010, released as three EP’s over the course of three years.