Naked Eyes


Naked Eyes
Naked Eyes
Origin Bath, England
Genres New Wave
Synthpop
Years active 1982–1984
2005–present
Labels EMI, Parlophone
Associated acts Climie Fisher, Tears For Fears, Neon
Website Naked Eyes homepage
Members
Pete Byrne
Past members
Rob Fisher
Pete Byrne of Naked Eyes performs in Las Vegas. Photo by Scott Roeben.

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."

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History

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.

The debut album Burning Bridges was produced by Tony Mansfield, along with the follow-up album Fuel for the Fire, which also featured two titles produced by Arthur Baker.

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.

More recently, the Naked Eyes version of "Always Something There to Remind Me" was used in the trailers of the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston comedy, The Break-Up.

In 2005, Byrne put a band together to play some Naked Eyes shows and has been touring regularly since.

On 2007, Naked Eyes released Fumbling with the Covers, an acoustic album which consisted of covers of Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Elvis Costello songs, along with Naked Eyes hits.

In the summer of 2008, Naked Eyes completed a U.S. tour along with Belinda Carlisle, ABC and The Human League.

Currently, Naked Eyes is working on Piccadilly. The album is to be released in the summer of 2011.

Discography

Albums

  • 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)

Singles

Year Song U.S. Hot 100 U.S. Dance U.S. A.C. Canada Singles New Zealand Singles Chart[1] UK Singles Chart[2] 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" - - - - - -

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 387. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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