” Foolish Beat ” is by Debbie Gibson ( Deborah Ann “Debbie” Gibson ), the American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. The song was written and produced by Debbie.
The song was released on the 11th of February 1988 by record label Atlantic ( now part of the Warner Music Group ) and was the fourth release and the first ballad taken from Debbie’s debut Album, Out of the blue.
The song was written when Debbie was just 14 when she was on an aeroplane touring clubs. Debbie became the youngest female artist to have a Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100 who had written, produced and performed on a song entirely by herself.
When ” Foolish beat ” went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, Debbie gained entry into the 1988 Guinness Book of World Records for the feat of becoming the youngest female artist to do so; she still retains this record today.
The accompanying music video was directed by Nick Willing, the British director and producer. Nick produced the 4 x Emmy award-winning 1999 NBC adaptation of Alice in Wonderland which had a cast of film and tv stars including Ben Kingsley, Ken Dodd, Martin Short, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Ustinov, Christopher Lloyd, Gene Wilder, and Miranda Richardson.
The video was shot on St Patrick’s Day at the historic South Street Seaport in the borough of Manhattan, New York. Today South Street Seaport has a museum, mall, tourism centre and hosts a summer music festival.
Debbie’s love interest in the video was played by model John Gallagher; John also appeared in another of Debbie’s videos ” Lost In Your Eyes “. Her Grandfather and cousin Albert are also part of the cast.
In an interview, Debbie said of the video ” I’m wearing an outfit from my closet in that video, which I probably got at Roosevelt Field Mall. Some of my best friends from school are in the little café scene, sitting at the tables. And John Gallagher, who we cast to be in that video as my love interest — he and I are still friends. I’m still in touch with him; he’s a super cool guy. We shot it on St. Patrick’s Day. I remember trying to get into serious actor mode, but everybody was drunk on the pier on St. Patrick’s Day, throwing bottles and acting crazy. Now every St. Patrick’s Day I have a flashback to that video “.
” Foolish Beat ” was a commercial success for Debbie. In the United States, the single reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100, which it held for one week. The song spent a total of twenty weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Singles Chart on the 9th of July 1988 and reached a peak of number nine. It spent two weeks in the Top Ten and a total of nine weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 9
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 20, Ireland (IRMA) 5, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 29, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 7, Spain Top 40 radio 36, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 10
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