Electric Youth

Album: Electric Youth (1989)
Charted: 14 11
Play Video


  • The title track of Debbie Gibson's second album is about empowering the young generation. As a teenager herself, Gibson felt that the beliefs and ideas held by the youth were just as important as those held by adults. It also reminded them that the future belonged to the youngsters, or the "Electric Youth."
  • Gibson recalled to Billboard magazine regarding the song title in January 2014: "That was one of those channeled titles that I feel was meant to be a phrase infused into pop culture at the time. I never really put any thought into coming up with it. Literally, it, and the song, dropped in and I looked up to the sky, waved and said 'thank you! To me, that's how anything inspired comes. If you and your thinking get out of the way, the universe provides what is supposed to be and it comes on through."
  • Most of Gibson's early hits, including "Out Of The Blue" and "Foolish Beat," are about finding or losing love. "Electric Youth" went in a different direction, with Gibson calling for her generation to be heard.
  • The big hit from the album was the first single, "Lost In Your Eyes," a ballad that went to #1 in the US. "Electric Youth" was released next and was less successful, peaking at #11.
  • Gibson is credited as a director on the video along with Jim Yukich, who did most of her videos around this time. In the clip, Gibson shows off some of the looks and moves that would earn her the role of Sandy in the West End production of Grease in 1993.
  • In 2008, Gibson started a summer camp for kids called Debbie Gibson's Electric Youth. At the camp, kids develop their musical talents, often working with Gibson and other mentors to write songs.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Timothy B. Schmit

Timothy B. SchmitSongwriter Interviews

The longtime Eagle talks about soaring back to his solo career, and what he learned about songwriting in the group.

Bob Dylan Lyric Quiz

Bob Dylan Lyric QuizMusic Quiz

Think you know your Bob Dylan lyrics? Take this quiz to find out.

Modern A Cappella with Peder Karlsson of The Real Group

Modern A Cappella with Peder Karlsson of The Real GroupSong Writing

The leader of the Modern A Cappella movement talks about the genre.

Charlie Benante of Anthrax

Charlie Benante of AnthraxSongwriter Interviews

The drummer for Anthrax is also a key songwriter. He explains how the group puts their songs together and tells the stories behind some of their classics.

Gilby Clarke

Gilby ClarkeSongwriter Interviews

The Guns N' Roses rhythm guitarist in the early '90s, Gilby talks about the band's implosion and the side projects it spawned.

Corey Hart

Corey HartSongwriter Interviews

The Canadian superstar talks about his sudden rise to fame, and tells the stories behind his hits "Sunglasses At Night," "Boy In The Box" and "Never Surrender."