” Electric Youth ” is by Debbie Gibson ( Deborah Ann “ Debbie ” Gibson ), the American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Debbie has had a successful career, in 1989 she was recognised by ASCAP ( American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers ) as Songwriter of the Year along with Bruce Springsteen.
Along with her work in music, Debbie has gone on to starring roles on Broadway and touring musicals which included playing Eponine in Les Misérables and Sandy in Grease. She has also worked in independent film and television.
The song was written by Debbie Gibson with production for the single by Fred Zarr.
Fred is an American musician, songwriter and song producer based in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked with a variety of artists including Madonna, Whitney Houston, Samantha Fox, Sheena Easton, Planet Patrol, Dionne Warwick, Randy Crawford, Jocelyn Brown and Ziggy Marley. Fred co-wrote the Village People’s Album, Sex Over The Phone.
” Electric Youth ” was released by record label Atlantic ( Atlantic Records Group ) on the 18th of April 1989 in the United Kingdom and the 26th of June in the United States. It was taken as the second single from Debbie’s second Album of the same name.
The Album, released on the 24th of January 1989, became the highest-charting Album of Debbie’s career. In the United States, it reached Number One on the Billboard 200 and stayed at the top for five weeks. In the United Kingdom, the Album reached a peak of number eight on the UK Albums Chart.
The Album produced several hit singles including the Billboard Hot 100 Number One ” Lost In Your Eyes “, which held the top spot for three weeks. The Album sold over four million copies worldwide and was certified 2x Platinum by The Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) in the United States.
” Electric Youth ” was written as a statement by Debbie, lyrically the song is about how young people were being seen at the time and how their ideas were being ignored by their elders. At the time Debbie was a teenager herself and thought that the thoughts and beliefs of young people were just as important as those held by adults. In the song, she also reminds the adults that the younger people would grow up to become the next generation of adults.
In addition to being the name of a hit single and Album, Debbie launched a perfume called ” Electric Youth ” in 1989. According to fragrantica.com, it contained notes of fruits, flowers, sweets, woods and amber. The website gave it a Perfume rating: 3.71 out of 5 from 120 votes.
The accompanying music video was co-directed by Jim Yukich and Debbie Gibson. Grammy Award-winning Jim Yukich is a graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he studied film. He has worked with the likes of Phil Collins, Peter Cetera, Survivor, Mike + The Mechanics, Iron Maiden, Jeff Beck and David Bowie.
” Electric Youth ” was a commercial success for Debbie. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent thirteen weeks on the chart there. It also reached number three on the Dance Club Songs Chart.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 29th of April 1989 and reached a peak of number fourteen. It spent three weeks in the Top Twenty and a total of eight weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 11
UK Highest Chart Position: 14
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 21, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 38, Canada (RPM) 28, Germany (Official German Charts) 18, Ireland (IRMA) 13, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 5, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 35, Spain (Spain Top 40 Radio) 40
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