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.

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