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Naked Eyes was an synth pop
duo which formed in 1982 in Bath, England. They consisted of Pete Byrne (vocals) and Rob Fisher (keyboards). The band split in 1985. Byrne reformed the band in 2006 without Fisher, who died in 1999. It is unusual for a British group in that they have had far more success in the U.S. than around where they started.
The group 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
and stayed together as a duo after the group broke up.
Naked Eyes is best known for their first single, 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). It peaked at #8 in the US, but it only achieved a peak of #59 in the UK. The song had reached number one in the UK in 1964 for Sandie Shaw
. Some versions of this song (including that of Naked Eyes) have the word "(There's)" dropped from the title:"Always Something There To Remind Me
Their second and third singles, "Promises, Promises
" and "When The Lights Go Out
", were also hit singles. 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. Byrne ended up 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 the group Climie Fisher
Fisher died on August 25, 1999 from complications following stomach surgery. Byrne continues to use the group name and recently released Fumbling Under the Covers
, which consists of covers of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, David Bowie, and others; many of them acoustic. It was released independently on the PJB label. Byrne has also 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.
"The Naked Eyes"also denotes a solo artist from Perth Scotland, mixing electronic and acoustic music.
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