ABOUT 'SkidVid Gold' VIDEOS. Over the coming months I will occasionally be releasing a series of videos tagged 'SkidVid Gold'. These are all songs/videos that have been selected by myself, and have been a success commercially, or simply because they are some of my all-time favourites. I hope you like them too. [skirgsk]
PET SHOP BOYS - GO WEST [SkidVid Gold_XviD], single/video released September 6th 1993.
Disc rip, no logos, edited and encoded 720x540 XviD.
ScreenShots included in file.
'Go West' is a song which was first released by the 70's disco group Village People. Originally released as a single in 1979, it was not as popular as the group's other contemporary singles such as 'Y.M.C.A.' and 'In the Navy'. The song eventually found greater success when it was covered in 1993 by the synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. The song's title is attributed to the 19th century quote "Go West, young man" commonly attributed to Horace Greeley, a rallying cry for the colonization of the American West; likewise, "Go West" is generally understood as an expression of the 1970's sentiment of San Francisco as a utopia for the Gay Liberation movement. Where the original was sincerely idealistic in its depiction of a utopia, the Pet Shop Boys version, characteristic of the band, introduced a layer of subtext, here, sadness and a hopeless optimism, inspired by the aftermath of the AIDS pandemic of the 1980's and how it had affected the supposed utopia of the original version. The 1993 single release went to No.2 in the UK and No.1 in Germany; in both countries, it was their biggest hit of the 1990's or the 2000's [so far]. The single also reached No.1 in Ireland, the last of the duo's four Irish No.1 singles to date. 'Go West' has since become Pet Shop Boys' traditional concert closer.
The original music video for the Pet Shop Boys version of 'Go West' prominently features Communist iconography, especially the red star and red flags selectively obliterating scenes. The Statue of Liberty is also shown, frequently with a red crown, and at least once is seen to appear to crumble as the red-crowned troops dressed in white advance across the landscape of the video. Directed by Howard Greenhalgh, the video relied heavily on computer-generated imagery, as was the case with his entire series of videos for the 'Very' album singles.