Music: Return of the Celluloid Temptress

Sexy and insinuating, Kim Carnes rasps out a winner

It sounds like the theme for some late-show fantasy starring yourself, the title song for a bit of vintage swank. The heroine is available but somehow indomitable, instantly recognizable but infinitely mysterious. She is constructed of several transplanted celluloid dreams and, as anyone who has turned on a radio over the past month will know right away, she has, most distinctively, Bette Davis Eyes.

This curious and seductive song, co-written and recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1975, has turned into a surprise hit for Kim Carnes,...

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