British duo Go West weren’t keen on their song The King of Wishful Thinking featuring on some film about a man hiring a prostitute to keep him company on a business trip.
At the time the film was called “3000” and Richard Gere and a then-unknown Julia Roberts had been cast in the lead roles.
“We’d written the song for the new album and I wasn’t keen on it being used in this film because I know what happens,” Richard Drummie tells Weekender from London.
“We’d done something for Rocky IV and I knew how having a song on a movie soundtrack decreased a band’s album sales. Richard Gere hadn’t done anything for a while, l didn’t know who Julia Roberts was and I didn’t like the idea of a guy giving a woman $3000 to spend the week with him.
“Fortunately I was talked down. The soundtrack sold about 12 million albums and had multiple top 10 hits but our subsequent album sold about 300,000. So it did impinge on our record sales but I wouldn’t change a thing as the exposure you get when you’re linked with something like that, I mean, we’re still talking about it years later.”
The film’s name, by the way, was changed to Pretty Woman and it went on to become one of the highest-grossing romantic comedies of all time.
Peter Cox and Drummie enjoyed massive international success with We Close Our Eyes, Call Me and Don’t Look Down but their biggest hit was The King Of Wishful Thinking. And they will be bringing these hits and more to Hope Estate for 80s Fest. Joining them will be fellow hitmakers Paul Young, The Cutting Crew, Wang Chung, Taylor Dayne, John Paul Young and the Allstars, Pseudo Echo and The Chantoozies.
Their songs have provided the soundtrack to many music-lovers’ lives. Paul Young gave us Love of the Common People, Wherever I Lay My Hat and Everytime You Go Away. As for Taylor Dayne, think Tell It To My Heart, I’ll Be Your Shelter and Love Will Lead You Back.
Wang Chung gave us Everybody Have Fun Tonight, Cutting Crew were responsible for (I Just) Died in Your Arms. And John Paul Young? The enduring Love Is in the Air and Yesterday’s Hero. Fellow Aussies Pseudo Echo are best known for Funky Town and as for The Chantoozies, their hits included Wanna Be Up, Witch Queen, He’s Gonna Step On You Again and Baby It’s You.
Each artist’s music struck a chord for a different reason. Go West’s songs were loved for being infectious and upbeat.
“We were never really that ambitious. We just wanted to make a record and then make another one. We never had this world domination plan,” Drummie says.
“There was always a mood in the studio with us that we would do things as quick as they would go. It’s a general vibe with us and what people will also see when they come to the shows. We like to do a high-energy set – we get on stage and it’s a sprint.”