Promises, Promises – Naked Eyes | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#11) and Hot Dance/Disco – Club Play (#32); 1983

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

With a Burt Bacharach/Hal David-penned hit (Always Something There To Remind Me) already under their belt, one can be forgiven for thinking that Naked Eyes’ follow-up single Promises, Promises was another.

After all, the Bacharach/David/Dionne Warwick team had reached #19 with a like-titled song in 1969. However, the 1983 Promises, Promises was written by Pete Byrne and Rob Fisher.

The vocalist and keyboard/synth player teamed up as Naked Eyes in 1981, and released their first album, Burning Bridges, two years later. It was subsequently re-titled Naked Eyes and reconfigured for US release.

Pulled from the album as a single, Promises, Promises performed almost as well in America as Always Something There To Remind Me. Overseas, however, it was a UK no-show.

Naked Eyes managed two more Top 40 appearances with When The Lights Go Out and (What) In The Name Of Love before fading from sight. Rob Fisher died on August 25, 1999 from stomach surgery complications.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Tony Mansfield

Lyrics Written by:

  • Pete Byrne
  • Rob Fisher