The year was 1983. American tensions with Mother Russia were at all time highs and hey what do you know it looks like history is repeating itself today! Luckily we have music, as we did then, to ease our collective minds.
British new wave act Naked Eyes were a decent fixture in the synthpop scene during the early eighties thanks to modest successes on the US Top 40 charts, but it’s today’s throwback that stands tall among the rest. “Always Something There To Remind Me,” actually a cover of the 1964 standard from legendary songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, was a resounding revamp of the original with its uptempo synth-strumentation, syncopated drumming, and the interweaving of those iconic church bells. But the classic hook still rings true, a sincere nod if there ever was one.
Today the band remains active, releasing and then touring in support of two albums in the last five years, but when you reach peak-80s with a cut like this one its forever hard to recapture that glory. Reminisce with a spin below: