NAKED EYES - Burning bridges (1983)
Producer - Tony Mansfield(New Musik)
01 Voices in My Head (3:46)
02 I Could Show You How (3:24)
03 A Very Hard Act To Follow (4:01)
04 Always Something There To Remind Me (3:41)
05 Fortune And Fame (3:16)
06 Could Be (2:48)
07 Burning Bridges (3:34)
08 Emotion In Motion (4:40)
09 Low Life (3:51)
10 The Time Is Now (3:22)
11 When the Lights Go Out (3:00)
12 Promises, Promises (4:26)
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Naked Eyes was an Eighties synthpop duo, 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). The song reached number one in the UK in 1964 for Sandie Shaw. Some versions of this song (including that of Naked Eyes) has the word "(There's)" dropped from the title.
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.
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") while Fisher joined the group Climie Fisher.
Fisher passed away August 25, 1999 from complications following stomach surgery.
They released two albums:
Naked Eyes (1983) (US title)
Burning Bridges (1983) (UK title)
Fuel For The Fire (1984)
"Rob Fisher (now, sadly, deceased) wrote most of the music for Naked Eyes. The two were a real team. Fisher later went on to collaborate with other top groups and write songs. Byrne is a competent singer and now is touring with a back-up band doing the old Naked Eyes tunes. "
"It was great (and still is) great music! If you are not a fan of the synth sound, then what are you even doing listening to a band consisting of only two people and a bunch of keyboards!
The synthesizers are the most distinctive aspect of their music. They shimmer in multiple layers, with subtle backgrounds backing often surprisingly catchy and memorable keyboard riffs, giving an incredibly effective atmosphere of mystique and energy at the same time. The drum machines are purely 1980s vintage, but while some may claim that this dates the material, I would venture that it only enhances the modern, technological feel of the music. Drum machines of the early '80s had not yet become the loud, obnoxious instruments that overwhelmed the rest of the music like their late '80s counterparts. Added to all of this were Pete Byrne's British-accented vocals, which were melodic and passionate without being sappy."