We Close Our Eyes

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"We Close Our Eyes"
Standard artwork
Single by Go West
from the album Go West
Released February 1985 (1985-02) (UK)
Format 7", 12", CD single
Recorded 1984
Genre Pop rock, synthpop
Length 3:50
Label Chrysalis
Songwriter(s) Peter Cox
Richard Drummie
Producer(s) Gary Stevenson
Go West singles chronology
"We Close Our Eyes"
"Call Me"
"We Close Our Eyes"
"Call Me"

"We Close Our Eyes" is a song by British pop band Go West, composed by both members Peter Cox and Richard Drummie. Recognizable by its synthesizer hook, it was the first single from their début album Go West.

The single was promoted by a music video directed by Godley & Creme.[1] This video included Cox, Drummie and the guitarist Alan Murphy, performing the song in front of dancing wooden dolls.

In April 1985, the single was discussed by Molly Meldrum and Queen singer Freddie Mercury on the Australian music show Countdown. Mercury was impressed and predicted the band would be "very, very big".

The "Total Overhang Club Mix" was later included on the 1985 compilation Bangs & Crashes.[2] The standard version appeared again on Aces and Kings: The Best of Go West in 1993.[3]

"We Close Our Eyes" spent fourteen weeks on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 5 in April 1985.[4] In the United States, the single reached 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 5 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.[5]

A remix of the song was released in 1993 to promote the Aces and Kings retrospective.[6]

The song was used in the 1985 Italian horror movie Dèmoni.

In live versions of the song, the guitar break in the "Overhang Mixes" is often included.

In 2005 a remix was made of the song by Groove Cutters.

In 2010, British alternative metal band Forever Never included a cover of the song on their I Can't Believe It's Not Metal EP.

Chart Performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 14
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 14
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 11
Italy (FIMI)[11] 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 22
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 5

External links[edit]


  1. ^ myvillage.com
  2. ^ Allmusic
  3. ^ Allmusic
  4. ^ polyhex.com
  5. ^ Billboard.com - Artist Chart History
  6. ^ Discogs
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference Lescharts was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Go West – We Close Our Eyes". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  10. ^ "Ireland singles charts". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2014-05-13. 
  11. ^ "I singoli più venduti del 1985". HitParadeItalia (in Italian). Creative Commons. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
    10. We Close Our Eyes - Go West [#9]
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Go West search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Go West – We Close Our Eyes". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Go West – We Close Our Eyes". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Go West: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.