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This Week's Forgotten Gem of the '80s - Kim Carnes - "Does It Make You Remember"

By December 9, 2012

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KimCarnes-DoesItMakeYou.JPGDistinctively raspy-voiced female pop/rock songstress Kim Carnes certainly remains most identified for her classic 1981 chart-topper "Bette Davis Eyes," but there's a lot more to her talented versatility than the synthesizer-fueled new wave of that tune. This should probably come as no surprise given Carnes' consistent crossover appeal throughout the decade of her greatest success. Ultimately, the singer-songwriter would chart multiple times on the U.S. country, adult contemporary and pop charts, and she could just have easily made a major mark as a bona fide rock artist as well. Perhaps the best example of Carnes' bombastic arena rock capabilities is 1982's "Does It Make You Remember," an underrated track from that same year's LP Voyeur. As a single, this tune barely cracked the Billboard pop Top 40, but it definitely contains enough melodic pleasures and powerhouse vocals to have earned a more permanent place in '80s rock lore.

Rise-and-fall patterns of guitar power chords lend this song plenty of convincing muscle, and Carnes has no trouble matching the nearly hard rock flavor of this five-minute epic. The slower, power ballad-oriented sections of the track, buoyed elegantly by electric piano and tasteful synthesizers, help fill that substantial playing time with compelling moments. Carnes rarely gets credit for being a thoroughly accomplished '80s music artist, partially because her signature song has provided so many great listening experiences and nostalgic moments of recall for fans of that era's golden age. In addition to the bonus points she should undoubtedly receive for the head-to-toe leather outfit above, Carnes belongs a tier or two higher than pop music history typically places her.

Single Cover Image Courtesy of EMI

Comments

December 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm
(1) Matt says:

A nice surprise today! This entire album is worth checking out. Besides the track you highlighted and the title cut, Take It on the Chin is a bouncy, catchy pop tune, and Looker is a cover of the titular theme from the Michael Crichton film. Thanks for showcasing Kim Carnes!

December 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm
(2) Luke says:

Couldn’t agree more. This woman is so ridiculously underrated, not only as a performer but also as an extremely fine songwriter. There is nothing this woman has released that I don’t enjoy, but her ’80s output in particular is utterly superb. Voyeur, Café Racers, MIstaken Identity, Barking At Airplanes and Lighthouse remain 5 of my all time favourite albums. I don’t think there has been a time in the last 30 years when at least one of them hasn’t been in my CD stacker (yes…I still play CDs ;-) . Thank you for acknowledging this beautiful song and this beautiful artist.

December 18, 2012 at 9:19 am
(3) Shemp9971 says:

How true. Ms. Carnes is INDEED an underrated talent. She’s a fantastic performer. I still love her version of “Bette Davis Eyes’.

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