Archive | Apr 02, 2017

Certain Songs #837: Kim Carnes – “Bette Davis Eyes”

Album: Mistaken Identity
Year: 1981

With its mysterioso synth washes, fake handclaps and drum-machine beat, “Bette Davis Eyes” wasn’t exactly the type of music that I was into in 1981 (or ever, really), but that didn’t even matter, because I really loved both the melody and the way Kim Carnes sang it with a knowing rasp.

So at first, it was an annoyance, and then became a guilty pleasure until the point where I decided that I wasn’t going to feel guilty about pleasures anymore, and nowadays — 35 plus years after it utterly dominated the U.S. charts — I just think of it as one of the best pop songs of early 1980s, if not of all time.