Monday, July 25, 2016

Songoftheday 7/25/16 - Zappin' it to ya the pressure's everywhere, goin' right through ya the fever's in the air...


"Electric Youth" - Debbie Gibson
from the album Electric Youth (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #11 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's song of the day comes from teen singer/songwriter/producer Debbie Gibson, who had landed her second #1 pop hit with the lead single from her second album, "Lost In Your Eyes", in the spring of 1989. The follow-up release would be the set's title track, "Electric Youth". A squeaky-clean and  bouncy teen-pop nugget written by Gibson and produced by Fred Zarr, it was maybe a little too nice to continue her streak of top ten hits...


"Electric Youth" frustratingly stopped right short of the top ten on the American pop chart at #11 for three weeks in May of 1989, and dropped quick out of the top-40 after two months. However, the club remix of the song became her biggest dance hit at #3. Internationally, the song made the top-20 in Ireland (#13), the UK (#14), Canada (#15), and Germany (#18).

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Here's the "deep house" remix done by the legend Shep Pettibone that made the song her biggest club hit...


...and here's Debbie live in concert in 1990 performing the song after a short interview...


and finally, here's Debbie trying to update the song with producer Jace Hall in 2012...


Up tomorrow: A former bathhouse queen takes you to the beach by air.

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