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Always Something There: Cherry Pop Expands Naked Eyes’ Debut

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Add another title we’ve speculated about before to the upcoming releases list: Cherry Pop is expanding Burning Bridges, the debut album by British New Wave duo Naked Eyes.

Pete Byrne and Rob Fisher were already known in their local music scene in the town of Bath, England; an earlier band, Neon, featured fellow Bathites Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith before they founded Tears for Fears. But as Naked Eyes, the duo hit it big thanks to heavy-duty use of the relatively-new Fairlight CMI synthesizer, the pop production of Tony Mansfield and…a chestnut from the Burt Bacharach/Hal David songwriting catalogue.

“(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me,” a heartfelt tune detailing the narrator’s inability to get away from the signs of a failed relationship, was a hit for Sandie Shaw in the U.K., whose oddly chipper version topped the British charts in 1964. But neither Shaw, Lou Johnson nor Dionne Warwick could push the tune past the lower half of the Billboard Hot 100 – that honor went to the ornate, pulsating Naked Eyes version, a Top 10 single on our shores but, ironically, a total flop in England. Follow-up single “Promises, Promises” (not the Bacharach/David tune, humorously enough) peaked at No. 11 in the States but again fizzled natively. (“Promises” remains a favorite of music trivia enthusiasts for a background vocal appearance by a little-known Madonna on the 12″ single.)

Follow-up singles “When the Lights Go Out” and “(What) in the Name of Love,” from sophomore LP Fuel for the Fire (1984), scraped the U.S. Top 40, and Byrne and Fisher would separate to pursue session work. (Byrne played on Stevie Wonder’s hit “Part-Time Lover,” while Fisher formed a more locally successful duo with fellow songwriter/session player Simon Climie. Climie Fisher’s “Love Changes (Everything)” peaked at No. 2 in the U.K. in 1988.) Byrne and Fisher had reunited as writers for a third Naked Eyes LP, but following Fisher’s death following cancer surgery in 1999, Byrne included them on a solo disc, The Real Illusion, in 2001. Byrne still tours under the Naked Eyes moniker, reportedly planning a new album for 2013.

Cherry Pop’s Burning Bridges expansion features five bonus tracks, including 12″ remixes of “Promises” and “Always Something There,” two non-LP B-sides and the hit U.S. single mix of “Promises.” It streets in England on November 19; pre-order links for the disc are live at Amazon U.S. and Amazon U.K., and the track list is after the jump.

Naked Eyes, Burning Bridges: Expanded Edition (originally released as EMI EMC 3426 (U.K.), 1983 – reissued Cherry Pop CRPOP111 (U.K.), 2012)

  1. Voices in My Head
  2. I Could Show You How
  3. A Very Hard Act to Follow
  4. Always Something There to Remind Me
  5. Fortune and Fame
  6. Could Be
  7. Burning Bridges
  8. Emotion in Motion
  9. Low Life
  10. The Time is Now
  11. When the Lights Go Out
  12. Promises, Promises
  13. Promises, Promises (12″ Version) (12″ A-side – 12 EMI 5421, 1983)
  14. Always Something There to Remind Me (U.S. 12″ Version) (12″ A-side – EMI America 8155 (U.S.), 1983)
  15. Pit Stop (B-side to “Always Something There to Remind Me” – EMI 5334, 1982)
  16. Sweet Poison (B-side to “Voices in My Head” – EMI 5363, 1983)
  17. Promises, Promises (U.S. 7″ Remix) (single A-side – EMI America B-8170, 1983)

Written by Mike Duquette

November 5, 2012 at 10:07

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  1. This looks good. I hope the mastering is decent, particularly the 12″ mixes. Cherry Pop is known to source from vinyl…


    November 5, 2012 at 11:49

  2. I wonder which standard/single version of “Always There to Remind Me” will feature: the bells & wind only version (as in the above video), or the “Here’s some drums, too!” version…


    November 12, 2012 at 08:50

  3. (“bells & wind only” vs. drums referring to the intro section only… got ahead of myself typing there, sorry)


    November 12, 2012 at 08:53

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