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The Music Video for Bette Davis Eyes

It really is the best three minutes and thirty seven seconds ever filmed.

by Anonymousreply 7104/17/2019

such a great song

by Anonymousreply 104/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 204/15/2019

Classic 80s pop. Very atmospheric!

by Anonymousreply 304/15/2019

Brandon Flowers does an excellent cover:

by Anonymousreply 404/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 504/15/2019

This Chilean tribute band does a great job too. This guy sounds A LOT like Kim Carnes.

by Anonymousreply 604/15/2019

Did they all know you were gay then, R5?

by Anonymousreply 704/15/2019

ya think?

by Anonymousreply 804/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 904/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 1004/15/2019

Whenever I preformed it I didn't a cat claw and the she's ferocious part.

by Anonymousreply 1104/15/2019

R5 you are fabulous.

by Anonymousreply 1204/15/2019

How did you dance to this, R5 R10?

by Anonymousreply 1304/15/2019

"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes is on the January 1998 GAP In-Store Playlist!

by Anonymousreply 1404/15/2019

I didn’t appreciate the Cranberries. Dolores was kind of vapid in my opinion. I did like zombie!

by Anonymousreply 1504/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 1604/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 1704/15/2019

Brandon did the song justice.

by Anonymousreply 1804/15/2019

r6 That really was a nice cover.

by Anonymousreply 1904/15/2019

R16 that's a great ballad with two epic rock voices.

by Anonymousreply 2004/15/2019
by Anonymousreply 2104/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 2204/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 2304/15/2019

I didn’t like Kim’s shit with Barbra. Or Kenny Rogers!

by Anonymousreply 2404/15/2019

Such dreck.

by Anonymousreply 2504/15/2019

It's CROW blush!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 2604/15/2019


by Anonymousreply 2704/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 2804/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 2904/15/2019

I always preferred Marty Feldman Eyes.

by Anonymousreply 3004/15/2019

It seems like another lifetime.

by Anonymousreply 3104/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 3204/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 3304/15/2019

DeShannen’s 2011 recording of Breakaway that she had a hit with in the sixties.

Tracey Ullman recorded it in the eighties.

by Anonymousreply 3404/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 3504/15/2019

the beginning hooks you like a fish.

by Anonymousreply 3604/15/2019

That shitty song Kim did with Barbra Streisand was like a wet fart.

by Anonymousreply 3704/15/2019

Did Bette ever comment about the song?

by Anonymousreply 3804/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 3904/15/2019

R38 Yes, she said her young grandson thought she was cool, for the first time, because of the song.

by Anonymousreply 4004/15/2019

Looker was my favorite song she did.

by Anonymousreply 4104/15/2019

Tracey's Breakaway.....

by Anonymousreply 4204/15/2019

I don’t give 2 fucks about a fucking Tracey Ullmsn song in this Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes video thread!

by Anonymousreply 4304/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 4404/15/2019

R43 has stated both her boundaries and limitations.

by Anonymousreply 4504/15/2019

A more recent KC performance.

She’s now 73, the same age as Davis when Bette Davis Eyes hit in 1981.

by Anonymousreply 4604/15/2019

I don’t care for Kim Carnes 70s output. I liked her 80s new wave / pop / rock shit.

by Anonymousreply 4704/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 4804/15/2019

Well I’ll be damned, r48!

by Anonymousreply 4904/16/2019

Stars on 45 seemed to be played incessantly that year. Juice Newton, too.

by Anonymousreply 5004/16/2019

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 Anonymousreply 5104/16/2019

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 Anonymousreply 5204/16/2019

A friend of mine styled the costumes for this video. It’s such a great song, I never tire of hearing it.

by Anonymousreply 5304/16/2019

[quote]The 80s were the first worst era. The music, John Hughes movies, MTV, the hair and clothes.

by Anonymousreply 5404/16/2019

The party goers always seemed to be rejects from the Frankenstein mansion who didn’t get to do the Time Warp.

by Anonymousreply 5504/16/2019

Lest we forget, she followed Bette Davis Eyes with Draw of the Cards!

That’s the video that really demands our attention.

by Anonymousreply 5604/16/2019

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 Anonymousreply 5704/16/2019

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 Anonymousreply 5804/16/2019

The same director did David Bowie’s “ashes to ashes”.

by Anonymousreply 5904/16/2019

Wrong. R59. My mistake

by Anonymousreply 6004/16/2019

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 Anonymousreply 6104/16/2019

I think there’s a list on wiki of Russell’s videos. Its really impressive

by Anonymousreply 6204/16/2019

What about me dod not even hit top 10 :(

by Anonymousreply 6304/16/2019

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 Anonymousreply 6404/16/2019

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 Anonymousreply 6504/16/2019

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 Anonymousreply 6604/16/2019

I love this thread.

by Anonymousreply 6704/16/2019

I love this thread too. I love both BDE and More Love. I can listen to them over and over.

by Anonymousreply 6804/16/2019

I love this oh-so-80s duet with Jeffrey Osborne from the "Spaceballs" soundtrack of all things.

by Anonymousreply 6904/17/2019

You Make My Heart Best Faster And That’s All That Matters

by Anonymousreply 7004/17/2019

You make my snatch juice faster and that’s all that matters.

by Anonymousreply 7104/17/2019
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