Thursday, February 2, 2023

"We Could Be Together" by Debbie Gibson

Song#:  4043
Date:  09/23/1989
Debut:  80
Peak:  71
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Things started to slow down with Gibson's #1 album Electric Youth when its third single, "No More Rhyme," missed out on the Pop Top 10 stalling at #17. It was a bit of a disappointing result following a pair of gold selling singles. Still, it was enough to call for a fourth single and this track was selected for release. It didn't catch on and would become Gibson's first song to miss the Pop Top 40.

ReduxReview:  This was a cute, nicely written tune by Gibson that showcased her young talent. However, it wasn't nearly as catchy or memorable as her bigger hits. Electric Youth was a solid pop album, but it wasn't as deep with single candidates as her debut. It only generated one Pop Top 10 hit whereas her debut had four Top 5s. Gibson was going to have to grow as a songwriter to maintain her popularity and she gave it a go with her next LP Anything Is Possible, but it proved to be difficult going from her teens into her twenties and it didn't quite pay off. (Side note - one of my all-time favorite music reviews was for that album. It basically listed the album title Anything Is Possible followed by "...except me liking this." Brilliant!) Like some kid actors, Gibson just couldn't maintain her popularity in that tough transition from teen idol into adulthood. However, she kept a good career going both on record and on stage.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Double Shot 1) Gibson would return late in 1990 with her third album Anything Is Possible. She would collaborate with famed Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier on four songs including the title track, which would be released as the first single. It didn't fully catch fire and stalled at #26 Pop/#48 AC. Further singles failed to chart and that left the album peaking at #41. Despite that result, the LP would sell well enough to go gold. Gibson would do one more album for Atlantic Records, '93's Body, Mind, Soul. It contained her last Pop chart entry with the #86 "Losin' Myself" (#49 AC). The album stalled at a low #109. Gibson would continue to record over the years, but nothing would come close to her 80s run of hits.  2) With her pop star days slowing down, Gibson would turn to performing on stage in musicals. Her first big role was playing Eponine during the Broadway run of the Tony-winning hit Les Misérables. On the heels of that, Gibson would play Sandy in the hit London West End revival of Grease. From there, Gibson would appear on Broadway during runs of the shows Beauty and the Beast and Cabaret. She also toured with Grease, Cinderella, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In addition to being on stage, Gibson has appeared in films and on TV, which included teaming up with fellow former teen idol Tiffany for SyFy's 2001 monster/disaster flick Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.


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