They say eyes are the windows to the soul. This week we look at some ’80s artists who used the human (and sometimes other creatures) eye to reflect their own soul, in the form of song.
Billy Idol – Eyes Without A Face (1984)
For some reason this song freaked me out as a kid. I guess I could imagine just eyes floating around, minus a face to call home. The song was enough, but than I caught the video one Friday night and then I knew the true face of fear. Floating Billy Idol head is one thing but than when you add hooded cult like women, fire, violent spraying water, Idol’s dancing, and musical clapping on butt cheeks…no wonder I’m screwed up.
Kim Carnes – Betty Davis Eyes (1981)
What was it about ’80s music videos? What the hell does mimes, people in zoot suits, and pirates have to do with this song let alone Bette Davis? In the “baby steps” of the music video game it seems like directors went out of the way to create the weirdest stuff just so they could cast their out of work theater friends. But you know, that’s not a bad thing. I remember this song playing on the radio a lot when it came out, and it’ll always have a place in my heart for being a tiny little instant time machine.
Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes (1987)
Released on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, Hungry Eyes was a huge hit because of the success of the movie. But sadly Eric Carmen didn’t become a household name. The former singer of the Raspberries, a pop-rock band from the ’70s whose biggest hit was “Go All The Way” (great song), Eric Carmen had a much bigger hit on his hands with Hungry Eyes but the shadow of Dirty Dancing was much bigger and his name kinda got lost in history.
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger (1982)
Another song attached to a big and successful movie, Survivor’s Eye Of The Tiger has lived on in infamy some 35 years later. This song oozes the theme of over coming the odds, and it’s a theme that will last as long as time itself…like this song. It is perfection in everyway, even down to the Guardian Angels like music video. This wasn’t the last time Survivor would appear on a Rocky soundtrack…but more on that later.
Naked Eyes – Promises Promises (1983)
Just to mix things up a bit I chose a band with Eye in their name. Naked Eyes was/is a British new wave band that had some mild success with a handful of songs during the ’80s. I can’t recall the first time I came across them but ever since I did they have always made their way onto my mix tapes. On a side note, glad I don’t have to explain what a mix tape is anymore…thanks Guardians of the Galaxy!
Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes (1986)
Damn, maybe I should have just made this week’s F.N.V. a movie soundtrack edition. The beautiful song, In Your Eyes was released on Gabriel’s 1986 hit album So but will always be synonymous with Lloyd Dobler holding a boom box in the air to serenade Diane Court in the movie Say Anything. Both the song and the movie are true ’80s works of art, so it makes sense for them to be linked for eternity.
The Alan Parsons Project – Eye in the Sky (1982)
Its a real shame that was never an official video to this awesome song but I think I found one that is suitable…albeit a little trippy. Enjoy.
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