Mistaken Identity (Kim Carnes album)

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Mistaken Identity
Kim Carnes - Mistaken Identity.jpg
Original cover art
Studio album by Kim Carnes
Released April 1981
Recorded December 1980 – January 1981 at Record One (Los Angeles, CA).
Genre Pop rock, adult contemporary
Length 40:13
Label EMI America
Producer Val Garay
Kim Carnes chronology
Romance Dance
(1980)Romance Dance1980
Mistaken Identity
Alternate cover
Singles from Mistaken Identity
  1. "Bette Davis Eyes"
    Released: March 10, 1981
  2. "Draw of the Cards"
    Released: 1981
  3. "Mistaken Identity"
    Released: 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 starslink

Mistaken Identity is the sixth studio album by Kim Carnes released in the spring of 1981. It was one of 1981's biggest albums and produced Billboard's #1 song for the entire year, "Bette Davis Eyes". It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

The album spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard magazine's Top Albums chart, and was subsequently certified Platinum. The album spawned three singles, "Bette Davis Eyes", "Draw of the Cards" and the title track, which peaked at #1, #28 and #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, respectively.

The Mistaken Identity Tour found Carnes at the peak of success, selling out arenas and large venues.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bette Davis Eyes" Donna Weiss, Jackie DeShannon 3:47
2. "Hit and Run" Weiss, DeShannon 3:17
3. "Mistaken Identity" Kim Carnes 4:49
4. "When I'm Away from You" Frankie Miller 3:36
5. "Draw of the Cards" Dave Ellingson, Bill Cuomo, Val Garay, Carnes 4:54
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Break the Rules Tonite (Out of School)" Dave Ellingson, Wendy Waldman, Carnes 3:17
7. "Still Hold On" Eric Kaz, Dave Ellingson, Wendy Waldman, Carnes 4:39
8. "Don't Call It Love" Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford 3:09
9. "Miss You Tonight" Carnes 5:09
10. "My Old Pals" Richard Stekol 3:19

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[1] 3
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[2] 36
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[3] 4
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[4] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[5] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 26
US Billboard 200[7] 1


  1. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kim Carnes – Mistaken Identity" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Kim Carnes – Mistaken Identity". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Kim Carnes – Mistaken Identity". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Kim Carnes – Mistaken Identity". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Kim Carnes | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Kim Carnes – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Kim Carnes. Retrieved 23 December 2014.