- Naked Eyes
Naked Eyes Origin Bath, England Genres New Wave
Years active 1982–1984
Labels EMI, Parlophone Associated acts Climie Fisher, Tears For Fears, Neon Website Naked Eyes homepage Members Pete Byrne Past members Rob Fisher
Naked Eyes are a British New Wave band that rose to prominence in the early 1980s. The duo are known for their singles: a cover of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David standard "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" (Bacharach himself has cited the cover as a personal favourite), and their subsequent hits "Promises, Promises", "When the Lights Go Out" and "(What) In the Name of Love."
Naked Eyes consisted of childhood friends from Bath, England: Pete Byrne on vocals and Rob Fisher on keyboards. The two had formerly played in a band called Neon with future members of Tears for Fears.
Naked Eyes were one of the first bands to make significant use of the Fairlight CMI sampling synthesizer on a recording. Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush had used the instrument on prior efforts, but the usage had been far less than Naked Eyes would employ on their debut effort.
Their second and third singles, "Promises, Promises" (which appears in an episode of the TV series, Knight Rider, and the 12" mix of which features vocals from Madonna) and "When the Lights Go Out", were also hit singles, mainly in the U.S. and in Canada. However, their second album Fuel for the Fire and the single "(What) In the Name of Love", were not as well-received, and the group broke up soon after its release.
Naked Eyes Today
Byrne was living in California and doing session work (he is heard on Stevie Wonder's "Part-Time Lover", and wrote and produced "I Am the Cute One" for Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in 1992) while Fisher joined another duo, Climie Fisher.
"(What) In the Name of Love" was used in 1993 for the ABC Daytime "In the Name of Love" campaign promotions.
Fisher died on 25 August 1999, aged 42, following surgery.
Byrne released a solo album The Real Illusion in 2001, which featured some of the last tracks he wrote with Fisher for a proposed third Naked Eyes album.
In 2005, Byrne put a band together to play some Naked Eyes shows and has been touring regularly since.
Currently, Naked Eyes is working on Piccadilly. The album is to be released in the summer of 2011.
- Burning Bridges (1983) - (released as Naked Eyes in the U.S. and Canada) #32 US
- Fuel for the Fire (1984) #83 U.S.
- The Best of Naked Eyes (1991)
- Promises Promises (1994)
- Everything and More (2002)
- Fumbling with the Covers (2007)
- Piccadilly (2011)
Year Song U.S. Hot 100 U.S. Dance U.S. A.C. Canada Singles New Zealand Singles Chart UK Singles Chart Album 1982 "Always Something There to Remind Me" 8 37 31 8 2 59 Burning Bridges/Naked Eyes 1983 "Promises, Promises" 11 32 19 6 15 95 1983 "When the Lights Go Out" 37 - - - - - 1984 "(What) In the Name of Love" 39 35 - 77 - - Fuel for the Fire 1984 "Sacrifice" - - - - - -
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