Sunday, April 26, 2015

"Does It Make You Remember" by Kim Carnes

Song#:  1239
Date:  11/06/1982
Debut:  78
Peak:  36
Weeks:  13
Genre: Pop

Pop Bits:  Carnes' album "Voyeur" got off to a rocky start when the title track could only muster a #28 showing. It was a disappointment coming off of a #1 album ("Mistaken Identity") and massive #1 single ("Bette Davis Eyes"). This second single from the LP was unable to turn things around with its lackluster Top 40 showing. Without a supporting hit single, the album sunk after a disappointing #49 peak.

ReduxReview:  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I love Carnes' "Voyeur" album. But no matter how much I love it, I think it was the wrong move to go totally dark synthpop after "Mistaken Identity." Sadly, this played out as correct and the album pretty much tanked. It is unfortunate because it is a masterful 80s synthpop record. This haunting ballad is a highlight, but I don't think listeners related to a more brooding Carnes.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  In 1979, Carnes and her husband Dave Ellingson wrote a comedy/novelty song called "She Dances with Meat." The recording was credited to "Connie con Carne." The song has been featured on the Dr. Demento radio show and was covered by the comedy team of Pinkard and Bowden. It is on their 1989 album "Live in Front of a Bunch of Dickheads."


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