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COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Go West’

The song, “Go West”, was originally recorded by The Village People in 1979

Camp classic “Go West” was written by Jacques Morali (1947-1991), Henri Belolo (1936-2019) and Victor Willis (b.1951), one of the founding members of the group the Village People. It was recorded for their fourth studio album, from which it gave its name to and was released as the lead single in June 1979. The song peaked at No.15 in the UK and No.45 in America.

It lay dormant until 1992 when Britain’s Pet Shop Boys performed it at an AIDS charity concert in Manchester. Such was the reaction that they recorded it for their next studio album that was to follow in 1993. Their version of “Go West” was released as the second single in August that year and was a much bigger hit, reaching No.2 in the UK and charting top ten in twenty two countries around the world including Germany, Iceland and Finland, where it went to number one, becoming their biggest seller of the decade.

But which version is the best? VILLAGE PEOPLE’s original or PET SHOP BOYS’ cover?