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[September, 1988] Girl Talk

Sep. 20, 1988

Dear Journal,

Yesterday I went over Rose’s house. She got this new game called girl talk and it is something like truth or dare and one of the dares was to call up a boy and sing him your favorite song, so I ended up calling Bruce and sang him “Foolish Beat.”

"Can't you see I'm not fooling nobody?"

“Can’t you see I’m not fooling nobody?”

Before she was Deborah Gibson, star of the recent cult film Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, she was Debbie Gibson, Teen Pop Queen. There was nothing scandalous about her: she didn’t wear skimpy clothes, have questionable affairs, drink, do drugs, display her wealth in obnoxious ways or do any of the other things many of today’s young celebrities do.To this day, the most “controversial” thing Gibson has done is pose for Playboy and that was well into her adulthood.

At 17, Debbie Gibson was the youngest artist to ever write, perform, and produce a #1 single, which she did with “Foolish Beat” a somber tune of heartbreak and regret. At ten years old, it was my favorite song and the one I chose to serenade Bruce with.

Rose and I called him up and there was probably copious amounts of giggling before I was able to sing him part of the song. When I was finished and on the verge of exploding with embarrasment, he said, “You have a really nice voice.” I hung up, blushing even though I no longer had a crush on Bruce.

That was the first time I sang a Debbie Gibson song in front of others, but not the last time. A few years ago, a couple of friends and I went to a karaoke bar one afternoon. The bar was dead, so we decided to pick the most humiliating songs for each other to sing.Russian Roulette Karaoke, we called it. Debbie Gibson’s “Electric Youth” was chosen for me. I pretended to be all put out and bashful singing it, but the truth is, I loved every pop-filled second.

  1. August 31, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Debbie Gibson and Girl Talk….the memories of my ‘electric youth’ are flooding back!

    • damiella
      August 31, 2009 at 5:07 pm

      There are more mentions of Ms. Gibson in future entries. (Please tell me you had the perfume, too??)

  2. August 31, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Oh man!! I LOVED GIRL TALK!!! hahaha Memories…

    • damiella
      August 31, 2009 at 10:04 pm

      Was that game around when you were a kid, too? Not that we have such a huge age difference, but I always thought of it as a very 80s game. I wish I got to play it more when I was little, but I think that was one of a handful of times I did.

  3. October 25, 2009 at 3:16 am

    OH MY GOD, I totally had Electric Youth perfume. I actually might still have it somewhere at my parents’ house. I thought it smelled soooo good. From what I remember, it was sickly sweet and musky. Bleghghgh.

    • damiella
      October 26, 2009 at 3:14 pm

      The question is whether you had the bottle with the pink lightning bolt or electric coil. I had both at some point (I went through a LOT of that fragrance and “!”) but I preferred the coil for some reason.

  4. October 29, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Wow, it makes me happy to know that someone in NYC was having the exact same experience I was having in NE Ohio regarding Debbie Gibson. Good entry.

    • damiella
      October 29, 2009 at 9:53 pm


      I read your blog post about Gibson and especially loved when you mentioned the saxophone solo in “Foolish Beat.” And I’m sorry you didn’t get to see her live in concert. I’ll try not to gush about it too much when I write the entry about it. 😉

  5. September 2, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I still have my Debbie Gibson cassettes and 45 records! I was a bigger fan of Tiffany, but I loved Debbie Gibson, too! My friends and I have done something we called “Kamakaze Karaoke”, where we drew names, wrote up a song for whoever’s name we got and put it directly into the host, so that none of us knew what we were singing until we got up to sing! Good times. 🙂

    • September 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      I played a game like that with friends once, too, but we called it Russian Roulette Karaoke. And funny enough, I had to sing Debbie Gibson’s “Electric Youth” during one of my rounds.

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