Guilty Pleasures – Debbie Gibson

In honor of Debbie Gibson’s birthday today, I am reposting this article which was originally published on January 28, 2011. Previously, there was only a preview of the “Snake Charmer” song. Now the full version is available, so I updated it.

Growing up, some of my favorite bands were AC/DC, Def Leppard, Journey, Kiss, Quiet Riot, Van Halen, Ozzy, and Judas Priest. So naturally, the first concert I ever went to was….Debbie Gibson!! Ah yes, the Out of the Blue tour!
Debbie Gibson may have been a teen-queen, but unlike the teen queens of today, she actually had talent.

Her debut album, Out Of The Blue was a huge success. Four singles from the album reached the top 5 of the Billboard charts: Only in My Dreams”, “Shake Your Love”, “Out Of The Blue”, and the # 1 hit “Foolish Beat”. “Foolish Beat” set a record for Gibson, making her (at 17) the youngest artist ever to write, produce, and perform a Billboard # 1 single, as entered in the 1988 Guinness Book of World Records, and she remains the youngest female artist to write, record, and perform a #1 single to date.
There was no sophomore slump for Ms. Gibson. The Electric Youth album spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart. The first single released, “Lost in Your Eyes”, was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, which gave Debbie another achievement with both the Electric Youth album and the single “Lost In Your Eyes” simultaneously at #1. She shared ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award 1989 with Bruce Springsteen. She had other hits on the Electric Youth album, but not as big: Electric Youth (#11), No More Rhyme (#17) and We Could Be Together (#71).

However, just like Tiffany, Debbie’s popularity dwindled at the dawn of the dreaded ’90s. In 1995, she released the very underrated album Think With Your Heart. In the meantime, Gibson has starred in some Broadway shows, such as Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast, Gypsy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Grease.

Like Tiffany, Debbie posed in Playboy, and has also appeared in some reality/competition shows over recent years. In January 2006, she joined the cast of Skating with Celebrities on Fox Television, partnered with former Canadian World Champion figure skater Kurt Browning. She was voted out in the third episode. On January 6, 2008 Gibson appeared on Deal or No Deal along with Corey Feldman as part of an ’80s special.

“Mega Python vs. Gatoroid” is not Debbie Gibson’s first foray into cheesy sci-fi movies. She co-starred with actor Lorenzo Lamas in “Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus” which was released on May 19, 2009 (and is also airing again earlier tomorrow at 5:00pm Eastern).

10. Only In My Dreams

The one that started it all. You could tell that Debbie Gibson would become a star. She was cute and had a very good voice. This video is from the tour where I saw her:

9. Out of the Blue

Another very good song from her debut album. It was a welcom change after hearing so much of “Only In My Dreams” and “Shake Your Love”.

8. Should’ve Been the One/We Could Be Together

These are pretty good songs from the Electric Youth album. They both have a similar sound, but they are both good.

Again, I saw her do this in the concert I was at. Wow, it feels like yesterday!

7. Didn’t Have The Heart

Great ballad from the Think With Your Heartalbum. This is a very emotional sad song.

6. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Debbie did an outstanding job on this remake on her Think With Your Heartalbum. I think this is one of the better versions.

5. Electric Youth

The first dance song off of the album of the same name. Very awesome upbeat song.

4. Naked

This song came out around the same time that she appeared in Playboy. The song isn’t about Playboy, or posing naked though. It is a very good adult contemporary song. I can listen to this over and over.

3. Can’t Do It Alone

My favorite song from Think With Your Heart. You can tell that Debbie put a lot of feeling into this.

2. Snake Charmer (From the Motion Picture “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid”)

This song was just released, and I can’t get enough of it! It is a great upbeat song with an Indian sound to it:

1. Lost In Your Eyes

By far, this is Debbie Gibson’s best song. It stands the test of time.

Journey of The Rhode Runner (Part 1: Introduction)

Hi Everybody! I would like to fill you in on another project I am working on. Almost 2 years ago, I began running again for the first time in many, many years. Then May of last year, I had a severe ankle injury. I have been able to run pain-free for the past couple of months. During one of these runs, I decided that I want to run a 5K in all 50 states. I am going to try to do this over a 5 year period. My first race is coming up this Sunday. I have created a blog to track my journey, called The Rhode Runner. Don’t worry though. Return to the ’80s is still going to be alive and well. If you follow my Rhode Runner blog, you will get to know me on a more personal level. So, please head on over to, and subscribe, if you would like to follow me on this exciting new Journey. (and yes, I used the word journey, accidentally-on-purpose, as a nod to my family here on this site. It just so happens to be very appropriate). I am also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under TheRhodeRunner. Here is my first article. There is also a Part 2. Let me know what you think. And for anybody outside of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, please let me know if you know of any good 5K races in your area. Maybe we can have an ’80s party when I hit your town.

The Rhode Runner

Profile - Finish for a Guinness 2014 There are at least two types of journeys. One is traveling from one place to another. The other is a personal journey, progressing from one stage to another.

Each one of those definitions are appropriate for my mission. What is my mission? It is to run a 5K race in all 50 states in the U.S. I will track my progress on this blog. I will also write about the places I visit. Most 5k’s raise money for some sort of charity. So, I will try to interview the founders of each 5k and also get information about their charity if it applies. I’m not sure where this road will lead me, but if I am lucky enough to get some sponsors for this journey, I will write an article about them as well. I am going to try my hardest to do this over a 5 year period.


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Remember That Song: 8/31/15

Here is another Remember That Song, brought to us by Andy (@andytorah).

Can you name the artist and song:

Don’t lose sight of potential mastermind
Remember when you were young

Last Song: “Breaking the Law” by Judas Priest from British Steel (1980)

Feel as though nobody cares if I live or die
So I might as well begin to put some action in my life

MIAMI VICE: Season 1- Episode 8: The Great McCarthy

It’s Friday! So, you know what that means. Time for some Miami Vice! There were no big names in this episode. Yet, it was still a very good episode. So, you know this is a great series if they don’t need any stunt casting for it to be a solid show. Now, let’s Return to the ’80s, and see what’s going on with Miami Vice.


This episode was directed by Georg Stanford Brown. We’ve had both Starsky and Hutch each direct episodes of Miami Vice. Now we have another director who came from a ’70s cop show. Georg Stanford Brown is best known for his role as Officer Terry Webster in The Rookies, which ran from 1972 to 1976. This episode was written by Philip Reed & Joel Surnow, and originally aired on November 16, 1984.

Just when you think you have the answer, somebody changes the question. I figured every episode would begin with a stakeout or undercover operation. But, this episode starts with a foot chase. A bank was robbed, and Crockett and Tubbs were in pursuit. They corner the guy, and it’s Izzy. Izzy is played by Martin Ferrero, who played the cross-dressing hitman in the pilot episode. He reminds me of Fredo Corleone. But, if you don’t know him from this show, you may know him as the lawyer from Jurassic Park.
Anyway, Crockett and Tubbs catchy Izzy literally red-handed, as he is covered in dye from the money dye pack. Queue the opening theme:

As Crockett and Tubbs interrogate Izzy, he tries to make a deal to give them Louis McCarthy (William Gray Espy)- a drug smuggler.

Next, we are at a yacht club, where Tubbs is watching Crockett riding around in a speedboat. McCarthy is into speedboat racing, and is also watching. Tubbs passive-aggressively challenges McCarthy to race in an upcoming event. McCarthy said that the race is already closed to any more participants. He told Tubbs that he could watch. Tubbs left, and got in the boat with Crockett. Apparently, they recognized one of McCarthy’s sidekicks, Dale Gifford (Charles McCaughan), and decide to pay him a visit.

They go to Gifford’s house, and through their conversation, we learn that Gifford is an informant. They ask him why he never gave McCarthy up to them. McCarthy is smart, and makes everything dalegiffordlook legitimate. They go through the books, and see some money going to a suspect account. Apparently, Gifford is skimming money
for McCarthy’s girlfriend, Vanessa (Maria McDonald), without McCarthy knowing.

Crockett and Tubbs go to the high end men’s clothing store owned by McCarthy, and run by Vanessa.  When Vanessa made her entrance, this is what Tubbs looked like:

So you know that there’s trouble brewing ahead.

They meet with McCarthy,and try to get him to do a drug deal, but he doesn’t bite. Instead, he invites them to a party that he is having that night.

They go to the party which has dancing. And in Miami Vice, whenever there is dancing, you know that there will be some ’80s music playing! In this case, it was Rod Stewart’s “Some Guys Have All the Luck”.
The guys go to a room where McCarthy is shooting pool, winning a game without the other guy even taking a shot. So, Crockett challenges him. If he wins, then they get to race in that speedboat race. If he loses, then McCarthy gets Crockett’s Ferrari. After McCarthy breaks, Crockett, takes his turn, and gets every shot. So, now he can race. They all go back to the party, and Tubbs and Vanessa hit it off.

Just as McCarthy is confronting Tubbs about “Getting over” with his woman, there is a scream outside. OK, whose dead body was found? It was Gifford’s body.

Crockett needed $25,000 to get into the speedboat race, but he did not get approved by the station. But, Castillo told him that he could probably get the money from Gina and Trudy as they were about to make a bust. So Crockett and Tubbs go help out as backup, even though Switek and Zito are already there. I am really warming up to those guys. I had never known about them before, but they bring a great comic relief to the show. In this instance, Zito was pretending to be a life guard, hitting on a hot blonde. I love when Crockett says to Tubbs and Switek, “Oh man, we should never put him on the beach. Hi could blind someone”.


The bust goes down, we get a mini chase, and Crockett and Tubbs get their money to get into the race.

Now, we have the boat race. It was a good way to fill up several minutes.

Tubbs, Crockett, and Zito were riding together, and noticed that McCarthy’s boat disappeared, but then reappeared in front of them. They never saw him pass them. They realized that he had two identical boats. The one McCarthy was in now, had the drugs in it. The report it in to Castillo, then go on to win the race, and the rest of the gang is there to arrest McCarthy.

But, the episode’s not over yet! While Tubbs was getting it on with Vanessa, Crockett was having a cuddly evening with Gina, when Izzy showed up a Crockett’s boat. He found the gun that killed Gifford. They found out Vanessa was the one who killed him. Crockett and the gang arrive at Vanessa’s house just as Tubbs is leaving. They give him the news. He said that he would make the arrest. So, he went back to the door, and told her that he didn’t want to arrest her, but he had to. The End. It seems like these episodes have had sudden endings lately.


This episode had some good music. There are four featured songs:

“Some Guys Have All the Luck” by Rod Stewart

“Self Control” by Laura Branigan

“Go Insane” by Lindsey Buckingham

“Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf

Final Thoughts

OK, I’m going to have to get real here and say that this wasn’t the greatest episode. There were still some fun parts, but overall, this wasn’t very well written. There were no big chase scenes and no gun fights. They put all their energy into the boat race, which wasn’t that great. I much prefer the boat race from the John Candy movie, Summer Rental. But, I did watch this a couple of times, and I would still watch it over most things that are on television now.



Remember That Song: 8/28/15

Hair’s to Friday!

Can you name the artist and song:

Feel as though nobody cares if I live or die
So I might as well begin to put some action in my life

Last Song: “Gloria” by Laura Branigan from the album Branigan (1982)

Will you meet him on the main line, or will you catch him on the rebound?
Will you marry for the money, take a lover in the afternoon?

Great job Vicky (@vickster_1968) and Andy (@andytorah)!!!

Quote of the Day: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

Pee-wee: I wouldn’t sell my bike for all the money in the world. Not for a hundred million, trillion, billion dollars!
Francis: Then you’re crazy!
Pee-wee: I know you are but what am I?
Francis: You’re a nerd!
Pee-wee: I know you are but what am I?
Francis: You’re an idiot!
Pee-wee: I know you are but what am I?
Pee-wee, Francis: I know you are but what am I? I know you are but what am I? I know you are but what am I? Pee-wee: Infinity!
Francis: No, I’m not.
Pee-wee, Francis: You are! No way! Knock it off! Cut it out!
Francis: Shut up, Pee-wee!
Pee-wee: Why don’t you make me.
Francis: You make me!
Pee-wee: Because. I don’t make monkeys, I just train ’em.
Francis: Pee-wee listen to reason.
[Pee-Wee cuffs his hand around his ear in a listening motion]

Francis: Pee-wee!
Pee-wee: Sh! I’m listening to reason.
Francis: Pee-wee!
Pee-wee: That’s my name, don’t wear it out.
Francis: Remember the first time I saw your bike? You came riding past my house and I came running out to tell you how much I liked it even way back then?
Pee-wee: I love that story.
[jumps on bike and pedals away]
Francis: You’ll be sorry, Pee-wee Herman!

Happy 63rd birthday to Paul Reubens!!!


Remember That Song: 8/27/15

Can you name the artist and song:

Will you meet him on the main line, or will you catch him on the rebound?
Will you marry for the money, take a lover in the afternoon?

Last Song: “Tarzan Boy” by Baltimora from Living in the Background (1985)

Great job Andy (@andytorah)!!!

Hide and seek
I play along while rushing cross the forest
Monkey business on a sunny afternoon

Quote of the Day: Uncle Buck

Miles: Where do you live?
Buck: In the city.
Miles: You have a house?
Buck: Apartment.
Miles: Own or rent?
Buck: Rent.
Miles: What do you do for a living?
Buck: Lots of things.
Miles: Where’s your office?
Buck: I don’t have one.
Miles: How come?
Buck: I don’t need one.
Miles: Where’s your wife?
Buck: Don’t have one.
Miles: How come?
Buck: It’s a long story.
Miles: You have kids?
Buck: No I don’t.
Miles: How come?
Buck: It’s an even longer story.
Miles: Are you my dad’s brother?
Buck: What’s your record for consecutive questions asked?
Miles: 38.
Buck: I’m your dad’s brother alright.

Happy 35th Birthday Macaulay Culkin!