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Debbie Gibson - Foolish Beat (1987)

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“Foolish Beat” is the fourth single, and the first ballad release, from American singer-songwriter-actress Debbie ...

“Foolish Beat” is the fourth single, and the first ballad release, from American singer-songwriter-actress Debbie Gibson. Originally recorded in the winter of 1987 for the Dream Tour, months prior to its inclusion on Gibson’s album Out of the Blue, the single topped the US Billboard Hot 100 on June 25, 1988, giving Gibson the record for the youngest person to write, produce, and perform a number-one single entirely on her own, at age 17.

In the United Kingdom, the single reached number nine on the UK Singles Chart. The song also reached the top five in Canada and Ireland and the top 10 in the Netherlands and Switzerland. The single was released in Japan as the B-side to “Out of the Blue” on Atlantic Japan 10SW-15.

In 2010, Gibson re-recorded the song as an extra track for the Deluxe Edition release of the Japan-exclusive album Ms. Vocalist.

Music video

In the video, Gibson typecasts herself as a young performer who recently broke up with her boyfriend; although she now regrets jilting him and wants to make amends, he brushes off her efforts to do so. The video ends with him debating about seeing her show having brought a bouquet of flowers for her, he drops the flowers in a trash can deciding that he didn’t want to get hurt again, then walks off into the distance.

The music video was directed by Nick Willing, who directed music videos for bands such as Eurythmics, Bob Geldof, Swing Out Sister, and others. The video took place in New York City, during Saint Patrick’s Day on March 1988.

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