Eyes Singer Dies
Rob Fisher, singer for '80s pop duo Naked Eyes, died Wednesday
(Aug. 25) in Surrey, England, of complications following stomach
surgery, according to a representative of PJB Music, the band's
publishing company. He was 39. "He had been sick for some time
and last week was admitted to hospital for an emergency operation.
He never recovered," Fisher's bandmate, Pete Byrne, wrote in a
statement on the band's website (www.pjbmusic.com). Byrne owns
PJB Music. Naked Eyes scored hits in 1983 with "Promises,
and a cover of Burt Bacharach's "Always Something
There to Remind Me." ~sonicnet.com
Fisher's Rob Fisher dies
Keyboardist and songwriter, Rob Fisher (pictured on
the right with Simon Climie), has sadly died at the age of
39, after a long and undisclosed illness ending with an
operation from which he never recovered. Fisher is
mostly known for his work with writer and singer Simon
Climie in the band 'Climie Fisher', who scored a big
hit in the 80's with 'Love Changes Everything' which
reached number two in the charts, the year after Climie
had a massive world-wide hit with the George Michael/Aretha Franklin
collaboration, 'I Knew You Were Waiting For Me', which he co-wrote with
writer, Dennis Morgan. Their debut album, 'Everything' was produced by
Lillywhite (U2, Simple Minds) and Stephen Hague (Pet Shop Boys).
Climie and Fisher met whilst they were both doing session work at the legendary
Abbey Road Studios, Fisher on keyboards, and Climie on backing vocals,
working for Lillywhite. Fisher was looking for a singer/songwriter and
looking for someone to write and record with, and so Climie Fisher was
At the time Fisher was involved with Naked Eyes, formed in 1979 with singer
Pete Byrne, who released their debut album, 'Burning Bridges' in 1983,
spawning two top 10 singles in America, a cover of the Burt Bacharach classic,
'Always Something There To Remind Me' and their own song 'Promises
Promises'. The former reached number 39 in the UK. After their second album,
Byrne and Fisher parted, leaving Fisher to concentrate on session work,
included Billy Ocean ('When The Going Gets Tough'), The Alarm and the
Fisher and Climie also composed for other artists including Jermaine Stewart,
Jermaine Jackson, Five Star, Rod Stewart, Freddie McGregor, Milli
Vanilli, Fleetwood Mac and they wrote 'You're Not Alone', a big hit for
Grant. Fisher also collaborated on several songs with the 80's 'Stock Aitken
Waterman' star, Rick Astley.
Latterly, Rob Fisher had reunited with Pete Byrne for a 'comeback' album,
working from Fisher's own commercial studio, The StoneRoom, based in
London's Shepherd's Bush, which he had owned for some years.~Bigmouth
Fisher, singer in Naked Eyes
later ClimieFisher, has died aged 39.
Rob had a long illness and was rushed to hospital
late last week for an operation.
He never recovered.
Naked Eyes was formed by Fisher and school buddy
Pete Byrne. They had a global top 10 hit in 1983 with
a cover of the Burt Bacharach song Always
There To Remind Me.
The success of the song was enough to make their
debut album 'Burning Bridges' a success, but its
follow-up 'Fuel For The Fire' didn't do as well.
Naked Eyes were destined for one hit wonderdom.
The duo disbanded in 1988 and Fisher surfaced
again in other twosome, Climie Fisher. As Climie
Fisher, Rob was back on the charts with another
international hit Love
Rob would have been 40 on November 5.
Eyes Keyboardist Rob Fisher Passes Away
Rob Fisher, keyboardist and singer for '80s
synthpop duo Naked Eyes, has died at the age
of 39 after a bout with a long-term, undisclosed
According to a post by his former Naked Eyes
bandmate, Pete Byrne, on the group's official
website, Fisher passed away on August 25
while awaiting an emergency operation.
Additional details surrounding Fisher's death
were not immediately available.
Fisher and Byrne formed Naked Eyes in Britain
back in 1981, and scored a pair of hits in the
U.S. with a cover of the Burt Bacharach-Hal
David tune, "Always Something There to
Remind Me," and "Promises, Promises," both
of which were taken from the group's 1983
Despite the early success, Naked Eyes broke
up a year later after releasing its second album,
"Fuel for the Fire," and Fisher went on to work
with Simon Climie in a new group, Climie
Climie Fisher released a pair of albums in the
late '80s, charting with the single "Love
Changes Everything." Fisher also played
keyboards on several records for such artists as
Rick Astley and Jules Shear.
Fisher and Byrne had reportedly been working
on and off together for the last few years, and
there had been talk of releasing a new Naked
Eyes studio album next year.
-- David Basham/MTV