The Moment

Debbie Gibson Reflects on Her Electric Youth

The iconic pop star reflects on life as a teenage sensation and the years she’s spent since getting to know herself.

Debbie Gibson.
Debbie Gibson.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Ray Garcia Photography.

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to the teen-pop icon and actress Debbie Gibson, who gave us “Only in My Dreams” and “Lost in Your Eyes.” Having both grown up on Long Island, the two reflect on the highs and lows of Debbie’s career and how she walked the line between being a product and an artist.


Debbie also shares stories from her youth including the dirty limerick that almost made its way into her single “Shock Your Mama,” and what it felt like to be a young woman in the music industry during the late 1980s and ’90s. Plus, Debbie talks about growing into some of her old songs, resisting projects that feel even remotely dishonest, and what’s on the horizon for her career.


Topics this week:

Lost in Your Eyes” by Debbie Gibson
Only in My Dreams” by Debbie Gibson
Out of the Blue
Electric YouthAnything Is Possible, and Think With Your Heart  by Debbie Gibson
New Music Seminar
 in New York City
Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna
Les Misérables
GreaseFunny GirlGypsyBeauty and the BeastChicago, and Cabaret
Foolish Beat” by Debbie Gibson
Atlantic Records

Losin’ Myself” by Debbie Gibson, performing live in Chile
Shock Your Mama” by Debbie Gibson
Long Island Music Hall of Fame
Eat Move Sleep
 a book by Tom Rath


People this week:

Debbie Gibson
Carole King
Anita Baker
Taylor Swift
Billy Joel
Phil Ramone
Wilson Phillips
Belinda Carlisle
Doug Morris
Katy Perry
Matt Goss
Avril Lavigne
Dee Snider
Sturken and Rogers

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