Song of the Day #1,571: ‘Always Something There to Remind Me’ – Naked Eyes

I’ve always wondered why one-hit wonders, if they’re capable of writing and recording a song worthy of hit status, aren’t able to keep it up? Do some bands really just have one good song in them? That doesn’t make sense.

Recently I realized that at least a few of the one-hit wonders I’ve always assumed were original composition were in fact covers of old pop standards. Soft Cell’s ‘Tainted Love,’ for example, was first recorded as a B-side by Gloria Jones in 1965.

No wonder Soft Cell didn’t go on to greater things… they weren’t even responsible for the one hit they did have!

Similarly, I never knew that Naked Eyes’ major hit ‘Always Something There to Remind Me,’ was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Today’s SOTD sounds a lot different sung by Dionne Warwick, let me tell you.

So once upon a time, all you needed to do in order to enjoy a fair amount of fame and fortune was dig up a 20-year old pop song, give it a synth-and-drum makeover and pair it up with a cheesy video. Fascinating.

But damn it if that’s not a formula for success. This song, in this form, is just perfect.

As for Naked Eyes… the surviving member is still recording under that name and has an album due out next year (the band’s second album of new material since 1984).

I walk along the city streets you used to walk along with me,
and every step I take reminds me of just how we used to be.
Well, how can I forget you, girl?
When there is always something there to remind me.
always something there to remind me.
As shadows fall, I pass a small cafe where we would dance at night.
And I can’t help recalling how it how it felt to kiss and hold you tight
Well, how can I forget you, girl?
When there is always something there to remind me.
always something there to remind me.
I was born to love her, and I’ll never be free.
You’ll always be a part of me.

If you should find you miss the sweet and tender love we used to share.
Just go back to the places where we used to go, and I’ll be there
Well, how can I forget you, girl?
When there is always something there to remind me.
always something there to remind me.
I was born to love her, and I’ll never be free
You’ll always be a part of me.
’cause there is always something there to remind me.
always something there to remind me.
always something there to remind me.

I walk along the city streets you used to walk along with me,
and every step I take reminds me of just how we used to be.
Well, how can I forget you, girl?
When there is always something there to remind me.
always something there to remind me.
As shadows fall, I pass a small cafe where we would dance at night.
And I can’t help recalling how it how it felt to kiss and hold you tight
Well, how can I forget you, girl?
When there is always something there to remind me.
always something there to remind me.
I was born to love her, and I’ll never be free.
You’ll always be a part of me.

If you should find you miss the sweet and tender love we used to share.
Just go back to the places where we used to go, and I’ll be there
Well, how can I forget you, girl?
When there is always something there to remind me.
always something there to remind me.
I was born to love her, and I’ll never be free
You’ll always be a part of me.
’cause there is always something there to remind me.
always something there to remind me.
always something there to remind me.

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,571: ‘Always Something There to Remind Me’ – Naked Eyes

  1. Dana says:

    If you put a gun to my head, I could not have told you the name of the group that produced this hit, though it is as familiar to me as any 80′s song. At least now I will be able to get it right if it appears on SongpopšŸ˜ƒ

    I went back to listen to the earlier versions from the 60′s. quite different and fascinating to hear a song re imagined like this.

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