Video Review: Kim Carnes "Abadabadango"

In black-and-white, Kim Carnes and her band perform. Starting from left to right, their images are superimposed over the first layer, shadowing it. Then, it quickly pans from left to right again. Carnes dances by the microphone.

Returning to the center, she sings at the microphone. The entire band can be seen. Then, it focuses on the two guitarists and her singing. She sings into the microphone, which is shaking. She points to the audience and the screen fades to black.

Starting from right to left, she and the band performs. The background singers join in during their part. Again, from left to right, the camera pans again. However, everyone is in shadow. It returns back again and everyone’s faces can be seen.

First, in shadow, the camera finds Carnes and then shows her face again as well as the rest of the band. Carnes holds onto the microphone with both hands  as she sings. While she sings, the two microphones next to her are empty. The guitarist goes to his microphone and they look at each other while they sing.

From left to right, the camera pans to show everyone. The background singers join in for their part. In shadow, everyone claps. Someone tosses a handful of confetti. The saxophonist plays his solo. Carnes moves to back to let him have the spotlight. She returns to microphone for her cue.

The camera pans from right to left. Carnes sings to the saxophonist who has turned to face her. Then, the camera pans from left to right. Carnes takes hold of the microphone, causing the stand to almost fall. Then, everyone is in shadow as the camera pans away from the stage.

Rating: 3.5/5

The black-and-white is stylized to be like paint, which had been carefully colored in the figures. It as though the stage has been turned into a canvas and the film has provided another layer to it. The video itself could be considered a sophisticated moving illustration, designed with an artist’s detailed eye.

However, while the camera keeps darting from side to side to have some action of some sort occur, it tends not to know Kim Carnes well. Although Carnes dances in place in the beginning, it assumes she will continue to be static. Midway through, she almost tears the microphone off the stand. Despite her burst of energy, the camera chooses to leave and decides to keep panning from each side of the stage.

The camera, though, does give each member of the band a moment to shine. The background singers are given their due, along with the two guitarists who perform alongside her.

Director: N/A  Year: 1985


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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit , Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.

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