51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 38: Pet Shop Boys – Go West

When was the last time you had a dance? No, I’m not asking you to dance with me, because my music time machine is far too small to turn into a dance floor and, besides, I haven’t unpacked the flashing lights or the smoke machine. I wasn’t planning on unpacking them until we celebrate the end of this feature, in December, once our musical playlist is complete. In the meantime, hold on to your hats because we’re about to celebrate as we land in the year 1993.

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Go back to week four of this feature, and those of you who have been with me since the start of this journey may remember our encounter with the Village People. This week’s featured song was a big hit for them in the 1970s, but we’re about to watch another version of the song sang by British pop duo the Pet Shop Boys.

Go West was the Pet Shop Boys biggest hit in the UK and Germany in the 1990s. Making it to number two in the UK and number one in Germany, the song also became the duo’s last of four number one hits in Ireland. It performed far better in Europe than it did around the rest of the world, although the video was nominated for a Grammy award.

For its time, the video was way ahead of many others with it relying heavily on computer graphics. However, the following year would see the release of the PlayStation, which somewhat reminds me of the way some of the games looked when you compare them to the video of Go West.

Did I mention a celebration earlier on? Yes, I did. 24 years ago, Go West was the first song I danced to with my now civil partner. That first dance was the spark that set us off on a journey I’m so happy we’re still and always will be on. Happy Anniversary, John. 🥂

This photo was taken at our civil partnership in 2006.

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Do you have a favourite song that says ‘First Dance’ to you? Share a link to that song in the comments.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Barbara, Kat, Marie, and Ruth who joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song, and to Terri for linking to this feature.

Want to join me in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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