Eye Eye is yet another criminally overlooked band from Canada. Because it was so short-lived and only produced two LPs, there is precious little information on this amazingly talented group. Interestingly enough, I found a fact-filled blurb on Answers.com.
The band began life in 1984 as a duo comprised of Andy Ryan (guitars) and Mark Caporal (drums). One bassist/singer pair came and went before bassist Tom Lewis, singer Bill Wood, and keyboardist Don Quon joined. To me, Eye Eye embodies the best of 80’s New Wave. Somewhere nestled between the sounds of Eight Seconds and Vis-A-Vis, this extraordinary band deserved more widespread success and recognition than it ultimately received.
Eye Eye was, unfortunately, not immune to the trials that so many other uber-talented 80’s bands encountered. The insurmountable turmoil created by personnel changes and probable creative differences led to a two-year lapse between their only two LP releases. That amount of time absent from a fickle music scene proved to be their demise. By 1988, the members of Eye Eye scattered to pursue other interests, and more tragically, Mark Caporal died in an air crash in 1990.
YouTube user mybasshas7strings has a treasure trove of original Eye Eye videos. There are only four in existence, but he has made them available for our viewing pleasure, and I have taken the liberty of linking them here.
“Out On A Limb” via YouTube user mybasshas7strings:
“Endless Night” via YouTube user mybasshas7strings:
“My Sensation” via YouTube user mybasshas7strings:
“X-Ray Eyes” via YouTube user mybasshas7strings:
More information on the band can be found at this Eye Eye fan’s Myspace page. Good luck finding affordable copies of their music, long out of print and as rare as hen’s teeth. My own search has proven fruitless. What a shame that no record companies have stepped up to the plate to reissue these obscure-yet-priceless collections.
Just In Time To Be Late (1986)
Common Ground (1988)
Not one of my favourite Canadian bands unfortunately. They sound a bit too much like Honeymoon Suite for me. There were so many other way better Canadian bands out at the same time. Out on a Limb is still played on regular rotation on the pop radio stations in Toronto. I would not really consider them a CFNYish kind of band. They were too mainstream for my liking. I do however think I may have seen them when they were out playing the college circuit pub nites. If I was there it would have been for more of social rather than a musical experience. I am very pleased with how much you adore our wonderful Canadian 80’s music though. It is a thrill to see you embrace our musical talent.
Yep, no doubt that I think the world of many of the 80’s Canadian New Wave and post-punk bands. I know Eye Eye sounds a bit mainstream, but I really feel they had enough talent to catapult them into the limelight to a much broader (and longer-lived) market. I sort of figured they hadn’t been played much on CFNY because David doesn’t play them now. Another Canadian friend introduced me to “Out On A Limb” a few years ago.
Thanks again for your input – all the best!
Hello! Moe is absolutely right! I thought that “Out On A Limb” was by Honeymoon Suite, until the other day! As for Miss P: you are also right! They had enough talent and visual appeal to go much further, but what is most important is that we still remember them now. Common Ground can be found on amazon.com.
RIP Mark Caporal and to the rest, Thanks For the Music!
Hi donalisa–thanks so much for your input. I have found Amazon to be an amazing resource for locating rare music. Even if you can’t purchase it through Amazon directly, they list dealers where the music is available. All the best!
I think I have the 2nd record