Foolish Beat

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"Foolish Beat"
Single by Debbie Gibson
from the album Out of the Blue
A-side Vocal (4:25)
B-side Instrumental (4:29)
(U.S., 89109)
"Between the Lines" (4:42)
(U.K., A9059)
Released February 11, 1988
Recorded 1987-1988
Genre Pop, R&B, adult contemporary, Freestyle
Length Album Version 4:20
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Debbie Gibson
Producer(s) Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson singles chronology
"Out of the Blue"
(1988)
"Foolish Beat"
(1988)
"Staying Together"
(1988)

"Foolish Beat" (Atlantic 89109; Atlantic UK A9059) is the fourth single, and the first ballad release, from American singer-songwriter-actress Debbie Gibson. Originally recorded in the winter of 1987 for the Dream Tour, months prior to its inclusion on her album Out of the Blue (LP 81780), this made Gibson the youngest person to write, produce and sing a number-one single entirely on her own when "Foolish Beat" hit the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the summer of 1988.

In the United Kingdom, the single reached a peak position of number nine on the UK Singles Chart. The single was released in Japan as the B-side to "Out of the Blue" on Atlantic Japan 10SW-15.

In 2010, Gibson re-recorded the song as an extra track for the Deluxe Edition release of the Japan-exclusive album Ms. Vocalist.

Track Listing (Atlantic DM 86556)[edit]

All songs written by Debbie Gibson - Music Sales Corp., ASCAP "Foolish Beat"

1. (Vocal/Extended Mix/6:46)
2. (Instrumental/4:29)

"Only in My Dreams"

3. (Dream House Mix/10:03)

"Medley: Out of the Blue - Shake Your Love - Only in My Dreams"

4. (Debbie Gibson Mega Mix/7:13)

Versions[edit]

  • Foolish Beat [LP Version] 4:20
  • Foolish Beat [Extended Version] 6:40
  • Foolish Beat [Extended Pull Version] 9:47
  • Foolish Beat [Video Version] 4:20

Legacy[edit]

"Foolish Beat" ranked at number three on VH1's 40 Most Awesomely Bad Break-up Songs... Ever.[1]

References[edit]

Preceded by
"Together Forever" by Rick Astley
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 25, 1988
Succeeded by
"Dirty Diana" by Michael Jackson