‘Promises, Promises’ by Naked Eyes – Classic Hit or Miss
Naked Eyes was formed by two friends from Bath, England: 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. “Promises, Promises” (the 12″ mix of which features vocals from Madonna) Soon enough, the duo was asked to begin work on yet another release, but, rather than continuing what was becoming a never-ending cycle, Byrne and Fisher decided to walk away and leave Naked Eyes as a project to be continued…
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. Rob Fisher died on 25 August 1999, aged 42, following surgery.
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