Electric Youth (song)

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"Electric Youth"
Single by Debbie Gibson
from the album Electric Youth
B-side "We Could Be Together (Campfire Mix/5:33)"
Released April 18, 1989 (U.K.)
June 26, 1989 (United States)
Format 7", Cassette, CD3
Recorded 1988
Genre Teen pop, freestyle
Length 4:55
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Debbie Gibson
Producer(s) Fred Zarr
Debbie Gibson singles chronology
"Lost in Your Eyes"
"Electric Youth"
"No More Rhyme"
"Lost in Your Eyes"
"Electric Youth"
"No More Rhyme"

"Electric Youth" (Atlantic 88919; Atlantic UK A8919; Atlantic Japan 09P3-6130) is the seventh single from American singer-songwriter-actress Debbie Gibson, and the second from her second album Electric Youth (LP 81932). Produced by Fred Zarr and engineered by Phil Castellano for BiZarr Music, Inc., it became one of her most famous songs, peaking at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 and fourteen on the UK Singles Chart. Douglas Breitbart was executive producer.

Gibson had written the song as a statement about how young people of that era were seen and how their ideas were often ignored. As a teenager herself, she was a firm believer that the beliefs and ideas held by young people were just as important as those held by adults and the song reminded people of this. It also reminded them that the current youth would become the next generation of adults.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Gibson and Jim Yukich and was nominated for a moonman at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Art Direction in a video.

In 2006, elements of the music video (particularly the silhouette dance clips) were parodied by Cobie Smulders in the sitcom How I Met Your Mother for her character Robin Sparkles' own 1990's ("The 80's didn't come to Canada 'til like '93."[1]) hit single, "Let's Go to the Mall."[2]

Track listing (Special DJ release, Atlantic UK A8919A)[edit]

"Electric Youth"

A. Special DJ Edit (3:37)
B. LP Version (4:55)

Track listing (Atlantic DM 86427)[edit]

"Electric Youth"

1. (Deep House Mix/7:35)
2. (Shep Pettibone House Dub/5:51)
3. (LP Version/4:55)
4. (The Electro Mix/6:37)
5. (Electric Dub Gone Haywire/6:31)

"We Could Be Together"

6. (LP Version/5:33) (Mislabelled Campfire Mix this DM)

Both songs written by Deborah Gibson - Music Sales Corp., ASCAP



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