Saturday, April 12, 2014

"Mistaken Identity" by Kim Carnes

Song#:  0793
Date:  10/24/1981
Debut:  83
Peak:  60
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Carnes' third single, the title track from her album "Mistaken Identity," still couldn't follow in the shoes of the LP's mega-hit "Bette Davis Eyes"; even falling short of the Top 40. The choice of picking moody songs from the album to follow up her dark synthpop hit was probably not the best way to go. But by this time "Bette" and the album had already been to #1 and she had a Grammy in her hand, so probably didn't matter.

ReduxReview:  I always thought this was a great song, but perhaps a little too moody or subtle to really be a high charting single. It has a smokey, sensual feel about it that adds to the dark tone. It still remains one of my favorite tracks from the album.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Carnes' first song to reach a chart was in 1976 with a song she wrote called "You're a Part of Me," which was from her self-titled second album. While it didn't reach the pop chart, it did get to #32 on the AC chart. Two years later, the song was recorded as a duet between Carnes and singer/songwriter Gene Cotton for Cotton's album "Save the Dancer." It was issued as a single and the duet became Carnes first hit on the pop chart reaching #36. That same year, Anne Murray recorded a version that appeared on her first #1 country album "Let's Keep It That Way," but the song was not issued as a single.


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