Tuesday, May 1, 2012

"Lost in Your Eyes" by Debbie Gibson - May 1st 80's Quest Song/Band of the Day

Debbie Gibson was a teenaged singer/songwriter who wrote a lot of girly pop songs, but to her credit she had the talent to write her own music, which is saying something when so often the trend in music is to assemble some good looking singers, dress them up, teach them to dance, give ‘em a song and send them out on tour.  I can’t say that I loved a whole lot of her songs, but I did like this one.  It was a very swirly, romantic, ballad, but when it was released I was a young woman falling in love, so I suppose that was the hook for me.

Deborah Ann “Debbie” Gibson was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1970, but grew up in Merrick, Long Island (NY).  When she was 5 years old she began performing in community theater with her sisters and cousin.  At age 5 she also wrote her first song, “Make Sure you Know Your Classroom”.  By age 8 she was singing in the children’s chorus at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.  Shortly thereafter she learned how to play the ukulele and piano.

By age 17, Debbie was performing in nightclubs.  In 1987 she recorded her debut album, Out of the Blue in four weeks.  The album took off and spawned 4 singles that hit the Billboard Top 100:  “Only in My Dreams”, “Shake Your Love” “Out of the Blue” and “Foolish Beat” (which hit #1).  The album was a success in America, as well as the U.K., and southeast Asia. Gibson toured in support of the album, filling stadiums.  A concert video for her Out of the Blue tour was also released.

In 1988 she made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the as the youngest female to write, record, and perform a #1 single.  An honor she still holds. 

In 1989 she released her second album, Electric Youth.  This album charted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart.  The first single from this album was “Lost in Your Eyes”.  It held the #1 spot on the charts for 3 weeks, garnering her another honor as the first female to have both an album and single simultaneously at #1.  Other singles from the album included:  “Electric Youth” (#11), “No More Rhyme” (#17), and “We Could be Together” (#71).  Gibson set out on a world tour in support of the album and released another video of the tour.  She branched out in other areas and created and marketed a Revlon perfume called “Electric Youth” as well as other cosmetics for young girls that were distributed across America by Natural Wonder Cosmetics (who also sponsored her tour).

Weird fact:  Gibson was the subject of many stalkers including Robert Bardo who was jailed for the murder of Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989.  Apparently Bardo had a wall in his house covered with pictures of Gibson. 

In the 1990’s she recorded more albums:  Anything is Possible (1990), Body Mind Soul (1993), Think With Your Heart (1995), and Deborah (1997).  Her 1990 release Anything is Possible was co-written with Motowner, Lamont Dozier.  It reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, but the lead single “Anything is Possible” failed to chart in the Top 100.  Another single “One Step Ahead” managed to do well on the dance charts.   Her 1995 release Body Mind Soul spawned a minor hit with “Losin’ Myself” (her last hit to chart in the Billboard Hot 100).  The video for the song was notable because up until then Debbie had a pretty clean cut  image, but performed as a stripper in the video.  A second single “Shock Your Mama” was a minor hit in Europe.

In 1995 she moved from Atlantic Records to EMI’s SBK Records and recorded her only album on that label, Think With Your Heart, a more adult-contemporary release containing many piano and keyboard ballads recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  At the time the album was being recorded, her producer, Niko Bolas was also producing a reunion album for California punk rockers The Circle Jerks, so that’s how Gibson turned up singing background vocals on The Circle Jerks single “I Wanna Destroy You”.  She also performed on stage at famed NYC club CBGB’s with The Circle Jerks.

Gibson left EMI and formed her own record label, Espiritu and released her sixth album, Deborah which included the lead single “Only Words” which charted on the dance charts, and a ballad called “Naturally”.  By 2001 she had yet another new record label, Golden Egg, on which she released her next album, M.Y.O.B.

By this time Gibson was already performing in theatre productions on Broadway.  In 1992 she played Eponine in Les Miserables, and starred as Sandy in a production of Grease in London, England’s West End.  The original cast recording of her duet with Craig McLachlan on “You’re the One That I Want” reached #13 on the U.K. charts.  When she returned to the United States she again appeared in Grease, this time as Rizzo.  She appeared as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and other credits include the starring role as Bell in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, and as Louise in Gypsy.  She was in a national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as the narrator, and played Cinderella in a national tour of along with Eartha Kitt (as the Fairy Godmother).  In 2002 she played Velma Kelly for the Boston production of Chicago, and in 2003 was back on Broadway as Sally Bowles in Cabaret.  In 2004 she played Marta in the UCLA Reprise! Production of Company.  In 2008 she played Anna Leonowens in a performance of The King and I in Thousand Oaks, California.

Gibson has also caught the Reality Television bug.  In 2003 she was a judge on the American Idol spinoff show American Juniors, but the show only lasted one season.  She appeared in the fifth season of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice which began airing in February 2012.

In March 2005 Gibson did a nude pictorial for Playboy magazine to coincide with a release of a single called “Naked”.  In 2006 she went on tour, singing with The O’Neill Brothers.  In 2006 she released a single with Jordan Knight called “Say Goodbye”.  The same year she also acted in an independent film called Coffee Date.  She continues to release songs on her website.  She continues to tour, and has a large following in the gay community appearing at Gay Pride parades and other charity and music festivals in America.  In 2011 she appeared along with many other guest stars in Katy Perry’s video for the song “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”.

In 2009 she co-starred with Lorenzo Lamas in a low-budget film called Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus on the SyFy channel.  Gibson appeared along with another teen singer from the 80’s, Tiffany, in a follow-up Sy-Fy channel movie Mega Python Versus Gatoroid which aired in January 2011.

Although once engaged, Gibson has never been married yet. 


I get lost in your eyes
And I feel my spirits rise
And soar like the wind..
Is it love that I am in?

I get weak in a glance
Isn't that what's called romance?
...And now I know
'Cause when I'm lost I can't let go

I don't mind not knowing what I'm headed for
You can take me to the skies...
It's like being lost in heaven
When I'm lost in your eyes

I just fell, don't know why
Something's there we can't deny...
And when I first knew
Was when I first looked at you

And if I can't find my way
If salvation seems worlds away
Oh, I'll be found
When I am lost in your eyes

I don't mind not knowing what I'm headed for
You can take me to the skies...
Oh it's like being lost in heaven
When I'm lost in your eyes

I get weak in a glance
Isn't this what's called romance?
Oh, I'll be found
When I am lost in your eyes

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