Bette Davis Eyes

“Her hair is Harlow gold, her lips sweet surprise, her hands are never cold. She’s got Bette Davis eyes…”

For most of us 80s kids, Bette Davis wasn’t exactly an icon of sexiness. Heck, at the dawn of our favorite decade, the lovely Ms. Davis was already 72 years old and known best (probably) for being in All About Eve a couple dozen years earlier.

Now, had Kim Carnes been singin’ about “Bo Derek Eyes” or “Cheryl Tiegs Eyes”, maybe we could have talked.

But there she was, rasping her way through this tune about ol’ Bette (and Harlow and Garbo).

Don’t get us wrong… nowadays we can certainly appreciate what she was going for, but in a time when we were just getting over disco and just starting to ride the new wave wave, it may not have been the best choice for a song.

Then again… what do we know?

Turns out that “Bette Davis Eyes” was not only wildly popular in the summer of 1981 (26 weeks on the charts, peaking at #1 for 9 weeks in May, June, and July), but it ended the decade as the second biggest song of the 80s. Second only to “Endless Love”.

Seriously– not Madonna, not The Police, and not even Michael Jackson had a bigger-selling hit than the comely Ms. Carnes and her ode to the ocular orbs of a long-ago movie star.

Ah, ain’t the 80s great?

We ♥ Bette Davis Eyes.

~ by weheart80s on January 11, 2012.

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