It was something like 28 years ago when I saw this in the store:
Upside: Got that whole blonde-with-nice-legs thing going on. Downside: Why did she draw a face on her knee? Well, she was just seventeen — you know what I mean? — and girls not quite on the brink of adulthood do things like this. I bought the album, and played it through something like three times in a row: it was that good.
Still, I did not anticipate that I’d be paying attention to Debbie Gibson by the time she turned forty-five, which is, um, today. By the time her record sales started to droop in the States, the Japanese had embraced her:
She turned to Broadway, to television, to anywhere she could find an audience. And she always found one, even in places you’d never have expected her:
In 2013, she was stricken with Lyme disease; it looked for a while like she was wasting away.
Healthier now, she’s as busy as ever, and if she’s not topping the charts — here, anyway; her 2010 Ms. Vocalist album, released by Sony Japan, produced the #1 single “I Love You” — she’s all over the papers and the tube.
And I couldn’t be happier for her.