Debbie Gibson's Electric Youth Turns 25: A Loving Look Back at the Videos
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A decade before Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera ruled the charts, Debbie Gibson reigned as teen-pop princess, with a prolific body of work – she recorded more than 100 of her own songs by age 15 – and a hat collection to rival Blossom‘s.
Her debut effort, 1987’s Out of the Blue, spawned five singles, including “Foolish Beat,” which made her the youngest artist ever to write, perform and produce a No. 1 hit. On Jan. 24, 1989, Gibson, then 18, released her sophomore effort, Electric Youth. Twenty-five years later, here’s a look back at that album’s four most memorable singles. (For the record, her rival, Tiffany, had four Top 10 singles while Gibson had five – but Tiffany did date a New Kid on the Block, so there’s that.)
"Lost in Your Eyes"
Fun fact: The album’s first single, “Lost in Your Eyes,” was her second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and stayed there for three weeks.
Fun fact: Electric Youth was also the name of Gibson’s signature fragrance. In 1990, PEOPLE invited a panel of “experts” – including Jerry Seinfeld – to weigh in on the scent, and opinions were divided. “It smells like the perfect scent for a sixth grader who likes gum…. It reminds me of candy and acne,” China Beach‘s Nancy Giles observed, while Seinfeld compared it to “cherry Luden’s cough drops.”
"No More Rhyme"
Fun fact: Long before Danica McKellar played video vixen for Avril Lavigne, the Wonder Years star was Gibson’s muse.
"We Could Be Together"
Fun fact: In 1989, Gibson partnered with Starlight Children’s Foundation to give a young fan with cancer the opportunity to appear in her “We Could Be Together” video. Years later, Gibson ran into the girl – now a healthy, cancer-free woman in her 30s – at one of her shows.
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