The Village People

Go West

Composed by Henri Belolo / Jacques Morali / Victor Willis

Song Review by

Just as disco expanded out of the gay clubs and into the mainstream, so too did the Village People themselves push for greater expansion and acceptance on the title track to their 1979 LP. Although the album was caught in the embryonic beginnings of the disco backlash, and the song itself hovered just outside the Top 40, ”Go West” still remains a true sing-along, feel good classic. Retaining only a tiny piece of the cheesy antics that dominated their earlier hits, the Village People emerged with a pretty straightforward, and extremely forward thinking dance song – one that rebounded into the American market in 1993, when the British pop duo Pet Shop Boys thoroughly revitalized ”Go West” on their 1993 Very LP.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Go West 1979 Mercury Records 4:11
No Image 1988 Rhino
No Image 1993 Arista
The Best of Village People [Casablanca] 1994 Polydor / Universal Music 6:38
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 1994
Original Soundtrack
Mother / Island / Island/Def Jam / Universal / Universal Music 3:33
Dance Classics Gold [Alex] 1996
Various Artists
Alex 3:35
Last Party 1997
Various Artists
Island / Polygram 3:51
The Very Best of the Village People 1998 Def Jam / Island / PolyGram / Universal / Universal Import 3:34
L' Ete des Hits, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Scorpio Distribution 3:54
We Want You: Very Best of the Village People 1999 Import 4:11
The Best of Village People [Massive] 1999 Massive 3:33
Greatest Hits [Wrasse] 2001 Wrasse 3:33
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Village People 2001 Mercury 3:33
Disco Fever, Vol. 2 [Polygram International] 2001
Various Artists
Polygram 3:32
Het Beste Uit de Homo 100, Deel 2 2002
Various Artists
Dureco 4:09
Burg-Hits 2005
Various Artists
Edel Records 4:10
Night: The History 2005 Brioche 6:36
The Best of Village People [Mercury] 2007 ISLAND MERCURY 4:12
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Fetenkult: Fussballparty 2008 2008
Various Artists
Sbm Records 4:09
The Best of Village People [Universal Japan] 2008 Universal Distribution 6:37
Le Meilleur du Foot 2008 2008
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:09
Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical [Music Inspired By] 2009
Various Artists
Universal International 3:33
Icon 2014 Island / Mercury / Mercury Records 4:12
100 Hits: Super 70s Karaoke 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits
Absolute Disco Classics
Various Artists
Eva
No Image Phantom
Halbzeit WM-Hits 2011: Frauensache
Various Artists
Edel Entertainment 4:12
That's Disco: 60 All-Time Classics
Various Artists
Polygram TV
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