It really is the best three minutes and thirty seven seconds ever filmed.
The Music Video for Bette Davis Eyes
|by Anonymous||reply 71||Last Wednesday at 12:11 PM|
such a great song
|by Anonymous||reply 1||Last Monday at 2:07 PM|
It seemed as if it was all they played at Uncle Charlie's on Greenwich Avenue, right about now, 38 years ago. I believe it was the first music video I ever saw, as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||Last Monday at 2:11 PM|
Classic 80s pop. Very atmospheric!
|by Anonymous||reply 3||Last Monday at 2:15 PM|
Brandon Flowers does an excellent cover:
|by Anonymous||reply 4||Last Monday at 2:16 PM|
When I was 8 years old I put on a performance in front of a small crowd of neighborhood kids doing Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes”. I stood on the deck in the backyard wearing Ray-bans, a velour blazer and a leather glove. The track blaring from my Sony double-cassette boombox. I was Kim Carnes and the kids ate up my performance.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||Last Monday at 2:20 PM|
This Chilean tribute band does a great job too. This guy sounds A LOT like Kim Carnes.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||Last Monday at 2:21 PM|
Did they all know you were gay then, R5?
|by Anonymous||reply 7||Last Monday at 2:21 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 8||Last Monday at 2:22 PM|
Well if they didn’t know then, they found out several months later when in January of 1982 I wore a headband, a ripped sweatshirt and leg warmers then performed Olivia Newton-John “Physical” inside my family room in front of 8 of my closest friends.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||Last Monday at 2:28 PM|
Word got out about my performance and the snooty, older, mean-girl sisters who lived next door taunted me on the school bus about it.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||Last Monday at 2:30 PM|
Whenever I preformed it I didn't a cat claw and the she's ferocious part.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||Last Monday at 2:32 PM|
R5 you are fabulous.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||Last Monday at 2:36 PM|
How did you dance to this, R5 R10?
|by Anonymous||reply 13||Last Monday at 2:38 PM|
"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes is on the January 1998 GAP In-Store Playlist!
|by Anonymous||reply 14||Last Monday at 2:42 PM|
I didn’t appreciate the Cranberries. Dolores was kind of vapid in my opinion. I did like zombie!
|by Anonymous||reply 15||Last Monday at 2:50 PM|
Kim Carnes was like the Lucille Ball of pop music. Her success came much later in life than normal. This song still breaks my teenage heart.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||Last Monday at 2:52 PM|
That is the only Cranberries song I liked. It gets me up and moving like BDE. In fact, it auto-played right after Brandon Flowers' version.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||Last Monday at 2:53 PM|
Brandon did the song justice.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||Last Monday at 2:56 PM|
r6 That really was a nice cover.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||Last Monday at 3:00 PM|
R16 that's a great ballad with two epic rock voices.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||Last Monday at 3:01 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 21||Last Monday at 3:02 PM|
While I was watching the ATWT episode from 1990, I wanted to go back to 1990. I don't feel that way about 1981, for some reason. I was in New York then, waiting for my boyfriend to move to NY from Portland that summer. I remember very specific instances of men I didn't have sex with during that time, and have wondered if having a boyfriend then is what saved my life.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||Last Monday at 3:04 PM|
Talk about two great voices. Barbra had been a great fan of Kim for a long, long time. Recording a few songs Kim had written. Then one day Barbra called her up and said write us a song we can do together. So Kim wrote this. It just seems such an odd pairing. They seem to be the polar opposites of each other in every category. They been close friends for decades now. Well as close as Barbra gets to anyone.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||Last Monday at 3:08 PM|
I didn’t like Kim’s shit with Barbra. Or Kenny Rogers!
|by Anonymous||reply 24||Last Monday at 3:10 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 25||Last Monday at 3:16 PM|
It's CROW blush!!!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 26||Last Monday at 3:19 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 27||Last Monday at 3:21 PM|
I always wondered what Kim's motivation was in her version of the song. It is so different and so great. Jackie, an also ran her whole career, made a version that was shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||Last Monday at 3:30 PM|
R9 is absolutely that hobbit kid dressed in the CATS tshirt in 'Drillbit Taylor', shaking it to the techno-house instead of watching the T&A music video.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||Last Monday at 3:31 PM|
I always preferred Marty Feldman Eyes.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||Last Monday at 4:12 PM|
It seems like another lifetime.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||Last Monday at 4:20 PM|
The Jackie DeShannon original is fair, but nothing compared to the KC remake with its air of sinister mystery that matches the lyrics.
And I wouldn’t call Jackie DeShannen an also-ran; she wrote some huge hits.
She released an acoustic album maybe a decade ago, revisiting some of her work over the years. It’s splendid.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||Last Monday at 4:27 PM|
Bette Davis Eyes was huge Billboard number 1. It sat atop the singles chart for 9 weeks in the Spring of 1981. Also won Record and Song of the year Grammys.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||Last Monday at 4:34 PM|
DeShannen’s 2011 recording of Breakaway that she had a hit with in the sixties.
Tracey Ullman recorded it in the eighties.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||Last Monday at 4:35 PM|
It’s too bad Voyeur binned a year later, despite being a great song and album. Maybe people felt they’d ODed on KC after Bette Davis Eyes being #1 for two months.
But I really blame the video, which looks like a poorly edited episode of Mannix.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||Last Monday at 4:44 PM|
the beginning hooks you like a fish.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||Last Monday at 4:44 PM|
That shitty song Kim did with Barbra Streisand was like a wet fart.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||Last Monday at 4:46 PM|
Did Bette ever comment about the song?
|by Anonymous||reply 38||Last Monday at 4:47 PM|
R6 is the epitome of a hot guy opening his mouth and a purse falling out.
You can also tell English is his second language the way he fucks up the lyrics.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||Last Monday at 4:47 PM|
R38 Yes, she said her young grandson thought she was cool, for the first time, because of the song.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||Last Monday at 4:49 PM|
Looker was my favorite song she did.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||Last Monday at 4:50 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 42||Last Monday at 5:04 PM|
I don’t give 2 fucks about a fucking Tracey Ullmsn song in this Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes video thread!
|by Anonymous||reply 43||Last Monday at 5:13 PM|
Thank you for posting, OP.... I hadn't seen this video in YEARS!! I was 19 in 1981 and this was a favorite MTV video. I don't think I knew who Bette Davis was but I knew a great song when I heard one. Was Kim a heavy smoker? Her voice sounds like she was up all night smoking a carton of Marlboro's.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||Last Monday at 5:20 PM|
R43 has stated both her boundaries and limitations.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||Last Monday at 5:28 PM|
A more recent KC performance.
She’s now 73, the same age as Davis when Bette Davis Eyes hit in 1981.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||Last Monday at 5:38 PM|
I don’t care for Kim Carnes 70s output. I liked her 80s new wave / pop / rock shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||Last Monday at 5:45 PM|
She was interviewed for the David Cassidy documentary last year. Kim and her husband opened for him and sang backup for him during his peak and stayed friends with him.
Bette Davis eyes would’ve stayed #1 for 10 weeks had it not been knocked out of the top spot for one week by Stars on 45
|by Anonymous||reply 48||Last Monday at 5:55 PM|
Well I’ll be damned, r48!
|by Anonymous||reply 49||Last Tuesday at 11:26 AM|
Stars on 45 seemed to be played incessantly that year. Juice Newton, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||Last Tuesday at 11:29 AM|
This was the spring and summer that BDEyes was #1. Just before MTV was unleashed in August of 81 and the song didn’t utilize MTVs power or influence and still had that great run.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||Last Tuesday at 11:43 AM|
The 80s were the last great era. The music, John Hughes movies, MTV the hair and clothes. The years before the internet and smartphones were the best.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||Last Tuesday at 11:55 AM|
A friend of mine styled the costumes for this video. It’s such a great song, I never tire of hearing it.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||Last Tuesday at 12:00 PM|
[quote]The 80s were the first worst era. The music, John Hughes movies, MTV, the hair and clothes.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||Last Tuesday at 1:08 PM|
The party goers always seemed to be rejects from the Frankenstein mansion who didn’t get to do the Time Warp.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||Last Tuesday at 2:13 PM|
Lest we forget, she followed Bette Davis Eyes with Draw of the Cards!
That’s the video that really demands our attention.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||Last Tuesday at 2:20 PM|
Russell Mulcahy directed the video. He directed so many famous videos... pretty much setting the style of videos for the first half of the 80s decade.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||Last Tuesday at 2:49 PM|
I just think she's a great talent. Wrote a lot of songs and recorded a lot of quality stuff that never got boring. Anyone remember her slight hit Crazy in Love? It didn't do that great on the charts but it was played non stop, for about three months, on the music video stations. The video is awesome too.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||Last Tuesday at 2:51 PM|
The same director did David Bowie’s “ashes to ashes”.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||Last Tuesday at 4:44 PM|
Wrong. R59. My mistake
|by Anonymous||reply 60||Last Tuesday at 4:49 PM|
Another hit I forgot about. Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes, and James Ingram. I really nice song but I wonder whose idea James Ingram was. Good choice.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||Last Tuesday at 4:51 PM|
I think there’s a list on wiki of Russell’s videos. Its really impressive
|by Anonymous||reply 62||Last Tuesday at 4:51 PM|
What about me dod not even hit top 10 :(
|by Anonymous||reply 63||Last Tuesday at 4:58 PM|
Kim had two top 10 songs before the monster of Bette Davis Eyes: "Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer" with Kenny Rogers and her remake of the Miracles "More Love".
|by Anonymous||reply 64||Last Tuesday at 5:09 PM|
None of her other stuff matched Bette Davis Eyes but she always seemed to have a little something going on. I just never found her boring and she was never in a rut. Her song from Flashdance was the best on the soundtrack. I fucking love this song.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||Last Tuesday at 5:15 PM|
I usually hate Motown remakes (cf Phil Collins and Kim Wilde), but I’ve always loved her version of More Love.
The video is quite a production for 1980 - before MTV. Where did this get played?
I used to stay up late and watch Casey Kasem’s Top Ten. That’s the only time I remember music videos, save for maybe Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||Last Tuesday at 5:19 PM|
I love this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||Last Tuesday at 5:54 PM|
I love this thread too. I love both BDE and More Love. I can listen to them over and over.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||Last Tuesday at 6:09 PM|
I love this oh-so-80s duet with Jeffrey Osborne from the "Spaceballs" soundtrack of all things.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||Last Wednesday at 4:11 AM|
You Make My Heart Best Faster And That’s All That Matters
|by Anonymous||reply 70||Last Wednesday at 9:27 AM|
You make my snatch juice faster and that’s all that matters.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||Last Wednesday at 12:11 PM|