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Pop Rewind: Debbie Gibson “Foolish Beat”

How can I put this? Before there was Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber, there was Debbie Gibson.

In the 80’s music scene, teenage pop stars were fairly rare, which is perhaps why then-17-year-old Debbie Gibson made such a splash with her breakout album Out of the Blue. Her top hit from that record, “Foolish Beat,” was a record-setter, garnering her an entry in the 1988 Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest musical artist at that time to write, produce and perform a Billboard No. 1 hit. Out of the Blue yielded four other Top 5 hits, making Gibson a worldwide sensation. From there, she entered the record books again with her follow-up record Electric Youth and the single “Lost In Your Eyes”, being the first female artist to have a Number-One album and Number-One single simultaneously.

Although Debbie Gibson has continued writing, recording, producing and performing into the current day, somehow she has never matched the widespread popularity of those two albums. However, her successes have made her an indelible part of 80’s pop music history.

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About the Author


Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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