First Hit #1: May 16, 1981
The woman at the center of Bette Davis Eyes – not Kim Carnes, but the woman she’s singing about – is kind of the opposite of Sheena Easton yesterday. She’s portrayed as a beguiling but threatening woman, someone with appeal but a dark streak. And that actually comes through because of Kim Carnes herself. She’s got a voice that hops between gravelly and pristine, depending on the line. She’s also putting in a distinct and very on trend synth line to underline the song, which gives it a dark undertone that can’t help but keep the song from underlining just how mysterious this woman is. Even the video works in this effort, taking a lot of influence from German Expressionism. Every aspect is designed to be just like the woman of the song, dark but fascinating, something you can’t help but keep close even if it’s slightly threatening.