Foolish Beat

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"Foolish Beat"
Debbie-Gibson-Foolish-Beat.jpg
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 April 11, 1988
Recorded 1987
Genre Pop
Length Album Version 4:20
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Debbie Gibson
Producer(s) Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson singles chronology
"Out of the Blue"
(1988)
"Foolish Beat"
(1988)
"Staying Together"
(1988)
"Out of the Blue"
(1988)
"Foolish Beat"
(1988)
"Staying Together"
(1988)

"Foolish Beat" 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.

Music video[edit]

In the video, Gibson typecasts herself as a young performer who recently broke up with her boyfriend; although she now regrets jilting him and wants to make amends, he brushes off her efforts to do so. The video ends with him being sent a bouquet, clearly from her; he drops the flowers in a trash can, then walks off into the distance.

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

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[1] 60
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 20
Canadian Singles Chart 2
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 29
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 7
Spain Top 40 radio[7] 36
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[11] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Gavin. "25 Years Ago This Week: August 14, 1988". chartbeat.blogspot.com.au. Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – Debbie Gibson – Foolish Beat" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Foolish Beat". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Debbie Gibson – Foolish Beat". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Debbie Gibson search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Debbie Gibson – Foolish Beat" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  7. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  8. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Debbie Gibson – Foolish Beat". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  9. ^ "Archive Chart: 1988-07-09" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  10. ^ "Debbie Gibson – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Debbie Gibson. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  11. ^ "Debbie Gibson – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Debbie Gibson. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
Preceded by
"Together Forever" by Rick Astley
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 25, 1988
Succeeded by
"Dirty Diana" by Michael Jackson