Pete Byrne of Naked Eyes performing in Las Vegas in 2011
|Genres||New wave, synthpop, pop rock|
|Labels||EMI, Parlophone, Oglio|
|Website||Naked Eyes homepage|
Their first hit was "Always Something There to Remind Me", a cover of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David standard. The band had subsequent hits with their own compositions, "Promises, Promises" (not to be confused with the Bacharach/David musical number), "When the Lights Go Out," and "(What) In the Name of Love."
Naked Eyes was formed by two college friends from Bath, England. The band features Pete Byrne on vocals and Rob Fisher on keyboards. The two had formerly played in a band called Neon, which also featured future members of Tears for Fears.
Naked Eyes was 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" (the 12" mix of which features vocals from Madonna) and "When the Lights Go Out", were also hit singles.
Following the release of the band's second album, Byrne moved to California and immersed himself in session work. He performed on Stevie Wonder's "Part-Time Lover", sang backgrounds with Rita Coolidge and Princess Stephanie among others, and wrote and produced for the Olsen twins. Fisher also explored other projects, doing sessions in London and forming Climie Fisher with Simon Climie.
The group never toured because in the early 1980s technology was not advanced enough to reproduce their multi-layered, multi-synthesizer sound in concert. According to Denis McNamara, who was the program director at New Music station WLIR during the band's heyday, this has led to a "curiosity" about the group over the years. Rob Fisher died on 25 August 1999, aged 42, following surgery for bowel cancer.
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. In 2007, Naked Eyes released Fumbling with the Covers, an acoustic album which consisted of covers of Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Elvis Costello, among others, along with the Naked Eyes hits.
|Title||Release||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Always Something There to Remind Me"||1983||8||37||31||8||7||2||59||Burning Bridges/Naked Eyes|
|"Voices in My Head"||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|"When the Lights Go Out"||37||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|"(What) In the Name of Love"||1984||39||35||--||77||--||--||--||Fuel for the Fire|
|"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|