Invisible Hands (song)

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"Invisible Hands"
Single by Kim Carnes
from the album Café Racers
Released October, 1983
Format 7" Single, 12" Single
Recorded 1983
Genre Rock, pop rock


5:08 (dance version)
Label EMI America
Writer(s) Martin Page, Brian Fairweather
Producer(s) Keith Olsen

"Invisible Hands" is a 1983 single and the lead release from Kim Carnes's album Café Racers. Martin Page and Brian Fairweather wrote the selection's words and composed its music; Keith Olsen was its music producer. Carnes released it and its source album, Café Racers, on the EMI America Records label, the label for which she then recorded.

Despite positive reviews in the music press and a popular MTV video, which James "Jim" Yukich directed, the single stalled at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100; it would be the highest charted of all the singles released from the album. (It did, however, reach #34 on the Cash Box survey.) John "Jellybean" Benitez, who would go on to produce Madonna's breakthrough hit "Holiday," was recruited to remix the track for the dance mix version.

The single's B-side was "I'll Be Here Where the Heart Is," the principal ballad from the movie Flashdance.

In 1984, Kim was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Invisible Hands" - in the Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female category. She competed against Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Bonnie Tyler, and Joan Armatrading.

Format and track listings[edit]

7" Single
  • A "Invisible Hands" (FM Mix) (3:09)
  • B "I'll Be Here Where the heart Is" (4:42)
12" Single
  • A "Invisible Hands" (Dance Mix) (5:04)
  • B "Invisible Hands" (FM Mix) (3.09)


  • European versions of the 7" single featured "Hanging On by a Thread (A Sad Affair of the Heart)" as the B-side.