Electric Youth

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Electric Youth
Front cover
Studio album by Debbie Gibson
Released January 24, 1989
Recorded 1988 at Z Studio, Brooklyn, Sorcerer Sound, The Hit Factory, and Soundtrack, New York City
Genre Pop, dance-pop, bubblegum pop, pop rock, freestyle
Length 58:17
Label Atlantic
Producer Debbie Gibson, Fred Zarr
Debbie Gibson album chronology
Out of the Blue
(1987)
Electric Youth
(1989)
Anything Is Possible
(1990)
Singles from Electric Youth
  1. "Lost in Your Eyes"
    Released: January 1989
  2. "Electric Youth"
    Released: March 1989
  3. "No More Rhyme"
    Released: May 1989
  4. "We Could Be Together"
    Released: August 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

Electric Youth (Atlantic LP 81932) is the second album by Debbie Gibson, released January 24, 1989 on Atlantic Records. It is the highest-charting album of her career, staying at the top of the Billboard 200 Albums chart for five weeks, and reaching Number 8 on the UK album chart.

Album[edit]

As with Out of the Blue, all tracks were written by Gibson, and she single-handedly produced six of the tracks. She was also given half of the production credits on one track alongside Fred Zarr who produced the other four tracks. The album, like her first, contained mainly bubblegum-pop songs, though other, more mature styles were touched upon. Electric Youth spawned four singles, the first being the biggest charting single of her career—"Lost In Your Eyes," which held #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks. "Electric Youth", the album's title track, just missed the Top 10, reaching #11. "No More Rhyme" followed, ending its run at #17, and "We Could Be Together" charted at #71. In the USA, the album was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA. Gibson promoted the album with "The Electric Youth World Tour" in 1989. In parallel with the album, she created an Electric Youth perfume under Revlon, and various makeup essentials for young girls through Natural Wonder Cosmetics, one of her sponsors at the time, distributed throughout the US.

The album also inspired an original stage musical of the same name which premier at the Starlight Dinner Theatre (formerly Mark Two Dinner Theatre) in Orlando, Fl. Dean Parker wrote the book and Gibson co-produced. It's limited run ended and there have been no talks of a workshop or revival for the stage as of yet.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Debbie Gibson. (Music Sales Corporation, ASCAP)

Side One

  1. "Who Loves Ya Baby?" (4:00)
  2. "Lost in Your Eyes" (3:34)
  3. "Love in Disguise" (4:17)
  4. "Helplessly in Love" (4:10)
  5. "Silence Speaks (a Thousand Words)" (3:37)
  6. "Should've Been the One" (5:07)

Side Two

  1. "Electric Youth" (4:55)
  2. "No More Rhyme" (4:13)
  3. "Over the Wall" (3:58)
  4. "We Could Be Together" (5:33)
  5. "Shades of the Past" (4:52)

CD Bonus tracks:

  1. "We Could Be Together" (Campfire Mix) (5:33)*
  2. "No More Rhyme" (Acoustic Mix) (4:13)*

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

  • Debbie Gibson-lead and background vocals, piano, keyboards, additional keyboards, drum programming
  • Fred Zarr-keyboards, drum programming, piano (tracks 1-3, 5, 7-8, 10-11)
  • Greg Savino-keyboards (track 6)
  • Leslie Ming-hi hat (tracks 1, 3, 8-9)
  • Bashiri Johnson-percussion (tracks 1-5, 7-11)
  • Adam Tese-percussion, saxophone (track 6)
  • Lou Appel-drums (tracks 5-6)
  • Ira Siegel-acoustic guitar, electric guitar (tracks 1, 4-5, 7-11)
  • Tommy Williams-electric guitar, acoustic guitar (tracks 2-3, 6)
  • Kirk Powers Burkhardt-bass (tracks 5-6)
  • Bob Osman-cello (track 8)
  • Jeff Smith-saxophone (tracks 1, 8)
  • Roger Rosenberg-flute solo (track 5)
  • Ed Palermo-tenor sax (Cadillac Horns) (tracks 8, 10)
  • Bud Burridge-trumpet (Cadillac Horns) (tracks 8, 10)
  • Matt Finders-trombone (Cadillac Horns) (tracks 8, 10)
  • Carrie Johnson-background vocals (tracks 1, 3, 7-8, 10-11)
  • Libby Johnson-background vocals (tracks 1, 7, 10-11)
  • Keeth Stewart-background vocals (tracks 1, 9-10)
  • Tim Lawless-background vocals (tracks 8, 11)
  • Sandra St. Victor-background vocals (track 8)
  • Linda Moran-background vocals (track 10)

Production

  • Debbie Gibson-arranger, mixing (tracks 1-7, 9-10)
  • Fred Zarr-arranger, mixing (tracks 1-3, 5, 7-8, 10-11)
  • Don Feinberg-recording engineer
  • Phil Castellano-recording engineer, mix engineer, additional engineering, mixing (tracks 2-3, 5, 8, 11)
  • Bill Scheniman-recording engineer (track 6)
  • Mario Salvatti-additional engineering (track 6)
  • Rich Travali-additional engineering (track 9)
  • Matt Malles-assistant engineer
  • Bill Esses-assistant engineer, additional engineering, programming engineer (tracks 1-10)
  • Jim Goatley-assistant engineer, assistant mix engineer (tracks 2, 5-6, 8)
  • Bob Rosa-mix engineer, mixing (tracks 1-2, 6-7, 9)
  • Bob "Bassie" Brockmann-mix engineer, mixing (tracks 4, 10)
  • Tom Vercillo-assistant mix engineer (tracks 1-3, 6-7, 9-11)
  • Chris Floberg-assistant mix engineer (tracks 3, 10-11)
  • David Lebowitz-assistant mix engineer (tracks 3-4, 10-11)
  • Diane Gibson-management
  • Douglas Breitbart-executive producer
  • Albert Watson-photography
  • Greg Porto-Logo Design
  • Fran Cooper-makeup
  • Kerry Warn-hair
  • Freddie Leiba-stylist
  • David Salidor-publicity
  • Abbe Rosenfeld-session coordinator
  • Howie Weinberg-mastering (Masterdisk)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Year Chart Position
1989 US Billboard 200 1[3]
1989 UK Albums Chart 8[4]
1989 Australian Albums Chart 10[5]
Preceded by
Don't Be Cruel by Bobby Brown
Billboard 200 number-one album
March 11 - April 14, 1989
Succeeded by
Lōc-ed After Dark by Tone Lōc

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