Video Review: Debbie Gibson “Electric Youth”

A little boy and his toddler sister sit on the couch together, watching television. With the remote, he changes the channel and pauses when he sees Debbie Gibson holding a baby in one hand and a marker in another, saying “it’s electric” The toddler mumbles some jibberish as they watch the video on their television.

Two men play trumpets on a castle balcony. In silhouette, behind a white background, she jumps in the air.

She and her dancers perform on a platform with a castle behind them and flashing turquoise lights above.

Lit by a zaffre blue, she walks out of a jai cell and into a grey dungeon. There, her band plays.

At six, eleven and eighteen, she is seen playing the piano.

Back on the castle grounds, she and her dancers continue with the routine.

In the middle of turquoise laser beams against a black background, she sings. When she opens her hands, the word possibility is written. Then, she sings in an individual with the lasers spinning in the background. She spins in a circle with the lasers enclosing her.

Against a white background, the colors are muted but for both her and her dancers outfits, the bright orange and lavender of their tops and shirts are punched up.

She trains with the director, making her hands wide like a camera. Outside a trailer, she swings a baby around. She performs on stage during one of her concerts.

In black-and-white, she waits to cross the street. Only the sign shines in red and then green. In a forest, older man perform a couple of steps.

The director watches the most recent footage on the monitor. She waves to the camera and picks up the camera, filming.

She and her band fly across the screen like paper dolls against a picture of the castle set.

In a split screen, she balls up some paper and throws it. Meanwhile, a little boy is shown in a basketball jersey and then as an eleven-year-old, a teenager and then a picture of Michael Jordan is shown dunking the ball into the net.

A fortune teller waves her hands over her crystal ball, which reveals Gibson’s face and the album’s logo.

Back in the forest, a little six-year-old girl is shown, then a ten-year-old and finally Gibson.

It rotates between the castle background and the white background with a touch of neon as she and the dancers perform.

In the silhouette. the world youth is written alongside Gibson. The toddler turns off the television.

Rating: 2/5

According to Debbie Gibson, teenagers are oppressed and aren’t taken seriously by anyone. They are sheltered from the world and imprisoned in their homes (given the dungeon theme). However, she renders her point moot as she dances the entire time. After a while, it’s filler.

Every child has a chance to become someone, if their dreams are nurtured. Through various stages of her life, she plays piano. Music was her interest growing up and her parents paid for her lessons. She was fortunate her parents listened to her.

As the insert, Michael Jordan didn’t become famous overnight. He was a child once, too who wanted to be in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He accomplished it due to his own grit, even after rejection.

Then, it returns back with clips of Gibson being a director. Again, it seems as though she’s just swirling the camera. If it were of more shots of her training than goofing around, it could be seen as more than a vanity credit.

Directors: Debbie Gibson & Jim Yukich Year: 1989


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