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Pete on left, Rob on right.

Naked Eyes was an English New Wave-Synth-Pop duo consisting of Pete Byrne on vocals & Rob Fisher on keyboards. Their biggest hit was a cover of the Burt Bacharach & Hal David song "Always Something There To Remind Me". The group released two albums before breaking up in 1985. Rob Fisher died of cancer in 1999.

Naked Eyes provides examples of:

  • Armour-Piercing Question: In "Burning Bridges": "Is your life the one you wanted?"
  • The Cameo: The extended 12" Jellybean remix of "Promises, Promises" has Madonna, of all people, talking during the bridge.
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: Their cover of "Always Something There To Remind Me" is specifically addressed to a woman.
  • Loudness War: Terrible victims of it. The 1991 CD "The Best Of Naked Eyes" is the only non-loud CD release they've had so far; its DR was 13. By comparison, the remaster CD by Chrysalis in 2018 was DR 7 (!!!!).
  • Love Martyr: "Promises, Promises", about a lover who refuses to stay by their beloved, giving them promises "you'd never keep". "Pit Stop", the B side to the "Always Something There To Remind Me" singles counts as well, with the narrator outright saying "She made me angry, she made me sad. She made me wish that I'd never been had".
  • Sanity Slippage: "Voices In My Head". It's apparently about a man having an emotional breakdown due to a troubled relationship, hearing voices telling him to "beware". "I hear voices in my head, telling me, beware! I hear voices in my head, everywhere!"
  • Second-Person Narration: "Burning Bridges" slips into this at points.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Quite cynical. Most of their songs are about lost souls trying to recapture things like lost love ("Promises, Promises") or a wasted life ("Burning Bridges"), or struggling to deal with emotional issues ("Emotion In Motion").