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seems that the 80's style bands are starting to make a comeback
in the clubs these days. The Fixx, Tears For Fears, Duran Duran.
And what about Naked Eyes?
You can say that Naked Eyes is back again! It's a real treat when
you listen to cool new mixes or even an acoustic version of the
original hits by the original member, Pete Byrne!
A key presence
in the synth-pop movement of the early '80s, the "New Romantic"
duo Naked Eyes formed in Britain in 1981. Comprised of former schoolmates
Pete Byrne (vocals) and Rob Fisher (keyboards), Naked Eyes debuted
in March 1983 with the LP Burning Bridges, reissued in the U.S.
a month later (minus several tracks) as a self-titled effort. The
lead single, a majestic cover of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David perennial
"Always Something There to Remind Me," emerged as a hit
on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching the U.S. Top Ten on the
strength of its video, which received heavy airplay on the fledgling
to New York in the spring of '82 to meet with both EMI and Polygram,
and EMI made us the better offer. We
were looking for a name that suggested "two", and 'Naked
Eyes' just popped into my head," says Byrne.
follow-up "Promises, Promises" was also a major hit. They
followed this up with two more top forty singles before parting
ways. They reformed in the 90's to record their third album, but
Rob Fisher tragically passed away before it could be completed.
Pete headed out to California, where he worked with Gary Olazabal
at Wonderland, sitting in and doing backgrounds for Stevie Wonder
on ³Part Time Lover² and writing and recording with Brad
Buxer (Michael Jackson).
and writing credits include the Olsen twins "I am the Cute
One" and the recently released "Everthing and More",
the Naked Eyes 12" dance mix compilation, featuring "Promises
Promises" with Madonna.
recently released a solo record called "The Real Illusion"
and is working on a collection of acoustic tracks called "Fumbling
with the Covers" This will include the Naked Eyes hits along
with songs from, The Beatles, Stones, Dylan and Costello and will
be released under the DNaked Eyes moniker. Pete is scheduled to
be in NY early this year for an In-studio acoustic guitar performance
video for VH1 Classics.
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