Electric Youth (album)

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Electric Youth
Debbie gibson electric youth.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 24, 1989
Recorded1988
StudioZ Studio, Brooklyn, Sorcerer Sound, The Hit Factory, and Soundtrack, New York City
Genre
Length58:17
LabelAtlantic
Producer
Debbie Gibson 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
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau(C+)[3]

Electric Youth is the second album by American singer-songwriter Debbie Gibson, released January 24, 1989 on Atlantic Records. It is the highest-charting album of Gibson's career, staying at the top of the US Billboard 200 albums chart for five weeks, and reaching number 8 on the UK Albums Chart.

Composition[edit]

As with her debut album, 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, contains mainly bubblegum-pop songs, though other, more mature styles are touched upon.

Singles[edit]

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.

Commercial success[edit]

In the US, the album was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA and sold over 4 million copies worldwide.[4] 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 premiered at the Starlight Dinner Theatre (formerly Mark Two Dinner Theatre) in Orlando, Florida. Dean Parker wrote the book and Gibson co-produced.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side One - This Side

  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 - That Side

  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)*

Charts and certifications[edit]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ Billboard charts - Debbie Gibson Billboard. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  14. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Albums Chart – 1989 (1–60) (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 1)". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved May 9, 2017. N.B. The triangle symbol indicates platinum certification.
  15. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1990". IFPI Hong Kong.
  16. ^ "Japanese album certifications – デビー・ギブソン – エレクトリック・ユース" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan.
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Debbie Gibson – Electric Youth". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Electric Youth in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Debbie Gibson – Electric Youth". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.