Naked Eyes

Always Something There to Remind Me

Composed by Burt Bacharach / Hal David

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A Burt Bacharach evergreen, "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" was written for Lou Johnson, a pop/R&B protégé of Bacharach's. Johnson sang in a Ben E. King/Drifters style, and Bacharach and his lyricist partner Hal David wrote and produced his first single, "Reach Out for Me," in July 1963, a minor chart entry. The busy songwriters next got around to Johnson a year later, and they fashioned a song that sounded like it could have been written for the Drifters, at least during the light verse sections, with their lyrics of romantic devotion and regret. But then came the killer hook on the repeated words "always something there to remind me," which shifted the song into a higher gear emotionally. Despite the lonely words, the song had one of Bacharach's characteristically buoyant, complicated melodies. Unfortunately, July 1964, the middle of the British Invasion year, was not the ideal time to release such a song, at least in the U.S. The single struggled to make the top half of the 100 bestsellers. It was, however, heard in England, where 17-year-old singer Sandie Shaw cut it in an arrangement similar to the one Bacharach and David had done for Johnson. This single topped the British charts in October. It was released in the U.S., but did no better than Johnson's original, peaking outside the Top 40. Bacharach and David tried again with the song, using their main client, Dionne Warwick, in 1968, resulting in the third chart entry for the song, though it still wasn't a big hit. Two years later, it finally reached the American Top 40 in a recording by R.B. Greaves that also reached the Top 40 of the R&B charts and the Top Ten of the easy listening charts. Greaves began the trend toward eliminating the first, parenthetical word from the title, calling his version "Always Something There to Remind Me." Another 13 years passed before another revival of the song made the charts, but when synth pop band Naked Eyes cut it in 1983 (as "Always Something There to Remind Me"), it reached the American Top Ten. After another 12 years, the British production team Tin Tin Out, using singer Espiritu, cut a version that made the Top 20 in the U.K.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1983
Various Artists
Vestron
No Image 1984 Sony Music Distribution
The Best of Naked Eyes 1991 EMI Music Distribution / Parlophone 3:38
Rock of the 80's, Vol. 3 [Cema] 1992
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets 3:41
No Image 1992
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets
Living in Oblivion: The 80's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1993
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 3:39
Promises, Promises: The Very Best of Naked Eyes 1994 Parlophone 3:38
Electricity [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
Alex 3:42
Hardest Hits, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
SPG 6:15
Sounds of the Eighties: 1983 1994
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:42
Lost in Love: 10 Dream Melodies, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Greatest Hits of the '80s, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:40
Songs That Fill the Screen 1995
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Rock On 1983 1996
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Retro Night 1996
Various Artists
Warner Music
Romy & Michele's High School Reunion 1997
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 3:41
Rock On: 1980-1984 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:41
1983: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 3:41
Double Feature: Romy & Michele's/More Romy & Michele's 1997
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 3:41
Flashback! New Wave Classics 1997
Various Artists
Oglio Records
Retro Lunchbox: Gooey Love Songs 1998
Various Artists
Intersound 3:40
Dance Club Retro, Vol. 3: Pop Hits 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:44
Retro 80's, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:40
Sounds of the Eighties: Big 80's 1998
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:40
Totally Awesome 80's [Razor & Tie] 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
The Greatest Hits of the 80s [Box Set #1] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc Corp. / Platinum Disc 3:41
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Polymedia
Sounds of the Eighties: 80's Blockbusters [2003] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:39
British Invasion [Delta/2 Disc] 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 3:43
Modern Rock Collection 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:41
The Love Songs of Burt Bacharach [Universal] 2000
Various Artists
Sammel 3:40
80's [Medalist] 2000
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 3:41
Lost & Found: Imagination, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
EMI / Parlophone 3:38
Modern Rock: Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:41
A Year in Your Life: 1983, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:40
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:41
Eighties Complete, Vol. 1-3 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:38
Everything and More 2002 One Way Records 5:45
Essential Eighties [EMI Box] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:38
Best 80s Modern Rock Album 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:41
One Hit Wonders & Hard to Find Classics 2003
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of '80s New Wave 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 3:41
Oldies But Goodies: Real 80's New Wave, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 3:40
New Romantics Are Back 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:39
Big Shiny 80's [Muchmusic] 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
New Wave 80's [Madacy] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:41
Complete Eighties 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Sight + Sound: '80s 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:39
Excellent 80s 2006
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 3:40
Gold: '80s British 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:41
Prime 17: The Ultimate Love Album 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:40
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of 80's Pop 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:41
Essential 80's [Reflections] 2009
Various Artists
Reflections Music 3:40
Now That's What I Call the 80's Hits 2011
Various Artists
Capitol / Emd 3:41
101 Ultimate 80's 2011
Various Artists
EMI 3:34
No Image
Various Artists
Metacom 3:44
Best of 1983: 20th Century Masters
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing / Universal Music 3:43
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:40
Just Can't Get Enough: Pop Hits of the '80s
Various Artists
Rhino 3:39
Now That's What I Call the 80s Hits [Deluxe Edition]
Various Artists
Now Joint Venture 3:42
Retrolicious
Various Artists
WM Singapore 3:38
Roller Rink Rewind
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Universal Music / Warner Music 3:38
The  New Romantics [EMI 2009]
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:35
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