Barking at Airplanes

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Barking at Airplanes
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 5, 1985
StudioOcean Way Recording, Galaxy Studios and Larabee Studios (Hollywood, CA); Record One (Sherman Oaks, CA)
GenrePop rock
Length42:46 (original)
56:08 (reissue)
ProducerKim Carnes & Bill Cuomo ("Abadabadango" produced by Kim Carnes & Duane Hitchings)
Kim Carnes chronology
Café Racers
Barking at Airplanes
Light House
Singles from Barking at Airplanes
  1. "Crazy in the Night (Barking at Airplanes)"
    Released: 1985
  2. "Abadabadango"
    Released: 1985
  3. "Rough Edges"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Barking at Airplanes is the ninth studio album by Kim Carnes, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music).

The album received some positive reviews, including from People magazine, which wrote that “Carnes has had plenty of moments before but she’s never recorded an album as pleasing as this.”[2] Yet on Billboard's album chart, it stopped short of the Top 50 and sold less than 200,000 copies.

The album spawned two hit singles, "Crazy in the Night (Barking at Airplanes)" and "Abadabadango", which peaked at Nos. 15 and 67 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. The 2001 reissue includes the Horn/Downes-penned track "I Am a Camera", which was previously recorded by Yes on their 1980 Drama album (as "Into the Lens") and by Downes and Horn themselves on the final Buggles album, Adventures in Modern Recording.

Critical reception[edit]

Barking at Airplanes received a fairly positive retrospective review from Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic. He described the album as a "cohesive and consistent album" and the "best she made since "Mistaken Identity", but states that it is more akin to the standard of Carnes' 1982 album, Voyeur. Although he said the album meets a mainstream 1980s adult audience, he justified the quality of the album by arguing that "it fits Carnes very well, not just because her great voice sounds ideal in this setting, but because she does this music very well."[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."Crazy in the Night (Barking at Airplanes)"Kim Carnes3:35
2."One Kiss"Kim Carnes, Bill Cuomo, M. Paul3:32
3."Begging for Favors (Learning How Things Work)"Kim Carnes, Dave Ellingson4:52
4."He Makes the Sun Rise (Orpheus)"Kim Carnes, Bill Cuomo, Chas Sandford4:28
5."Bon Voyage"Kim Carnes, Craig Krampf4:44
6."Don't Pick Up the Phone (Pick Up the Phone)"Kim Carnes, Bill Cuomo4:19
7."Rough Edges"Kim Carnes, Dave Ellingson4:44
8."Abadabadango"Kim Carnes, Dave Ellingson, Duane Hitchings3:58
9."Touch and Go"Clive Gregson4:48
10."Oliver (Voice on the Radio)"Kim Carnes3:46
Total length:42:46
2001 re-issue
11."I Am a Camera"Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes5:11
12."Make No Mistake, He's Mine" (solo version)Kim Carnes4:13
13."Forever"Steven Van Zandt3:58
Total length:55:39


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  2. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Barking at Airplanes". Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  3. ^ Album review, AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine. Retrieved 10 April 2013