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If the '80s were the voyeur decade, this Kim Carnes tune was the theme song

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Just like Peter Sellers in Being There - "We like to watch" - and cinema has devoted many a film to that fascination. Whether it is a classic movie like Rear Window or an '80s movie like Body Double, the temptation to spy on our neighbors is always a plot device that is always ripe for our fantasies. In the '80s, Kim Carnes tapped into that vice with her minor hit Voyeur.

Kim Carnes ruled the charts of 1981 with her No. 1 album Mistaken Identity and the biggest song of the year with Bette Davis Eyes. In 1982, she faced the daunting task of trying to find equal success with the release of Voyeur. The lead single was the title track and Voyeur only made it to No. 29 on the singles charts.

The video for Voyeur is a thriller with Carnes witnessing a crime and running for her life to escape the clutches of killer. Set in the seedy streets of L.A., the gravelish voice of Carnes and techno beat of the song all come together to create nice tension for the sexy video of Voyeur.

Out of the limelight for many years, Carnes popped up in 2015 with a song on the compilation album 80s: Re Covered, an album project that took 12 popular '80s artists and let them cover other artists songs. Carnes contribution was a remake of the Rolling Stones' Under My Thumb (I don't know why they didn't do a no-brainer and remake just '80s songs either).

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[Last modified: Monday, August 29, 2016 8:30am]

    

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