“King of Wishful Thinking” was released as a single from the soundtrack of the 1990 film, Pretty Woman. It was released in 1990 and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
I was 15 years old and finishing up the ninth grade when this single was released. While I wasn’t personally familiar with Go West at the time, this song still grabbed me instantly. It was a very upbeat, catchy, and pop friendly song. And while I may not have been in any real relationship before this song was released, I still found the lyrics to be relatable. Looking back now, I can see why this song performed as well as it did. Not only did it come from a soundtrack of a movie that was popular at the time, the song itself was catchy and universal.
I just watched the music video for “King of Wishful Thinking” for the first time in nearly 25 years right before I sat down to write this. Oh my God, I’d forgotten how cheesy it was. While the song is universal, the video really doesn’t withstand the test of time. There are so many random images that have nothing to do with the song (hockey players, dancers, elephant), as well as a couple of shots that took the song too literally. But I do have to give credit for the two Pretty Woman references that appear in it, for those of us who remember the movie. Viewers who haven’t seen the film would just think that they’re just more random images that pop up.