Thursday, June 28, 2012

Debbie Gibson - "No More Rhyme"

No More Rhyme - Electric Youth

(Debuted June 17, 1989, Peaked #17, 14 Weeks on the Chart)

Though Debbie Gibson was probably better-known for her dance-oriented music, her ballads were even bigger. Of her first seven chart singles -- all Top 40 hits -- the two ballad-style hits "Foolish Beat" and "Lost In Your Eyes" were #1 hits. So, it made perfect sense for another ballad to get a single release. However, it went to #17, which was the last time Gibson would make the Top 20.

The song was written by Gibson and was part of her second album Electric Youth. While the LP was an attempt to break away from the slick bubblegum material that helped her debut, she was a little trapped by the association as a teen idol. Even though she delved into more serious topics ("No More Rhyme" is about the after-effects that kick in after love isn't enough to sustain a relationsip), the public didn't seem as interested in a deeper Debbie Gibson. And that was a shame.

When the video for "No More Rhyme" was being played on MTV, I was quick to notice the appearance of Danica McKellar, who was then playing Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years. I had such a crush on her at the time (sigh).

Debbie Gibson - No More Rhyme by jpdc11

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