Debbie Gibson

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Eligible since: 2012 (The 2013 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Debbie Gibson be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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Still the Youngest to ever write, produced and performed a song!

Posted by connie eng on Tuesday, 12.11.07 @ 06:42am


First to chart #1 single and album, single: Lost In Your Eyes, ablum: Electric Youth simultaneously. ASCAP songwriter of the year 1989 along with Bruce Springsteen.
Deborah's influence on todays pop acts from Britney to Avril Livigne, Gwen Stefani, and Hillary Duff etc is obvious whether there is any credit given or not. She wrote or co-wrote her own #1 hits.

Posted by Mark on Tuesday, 12.11.07 @ 07:39am


When you think of the 80's she is one of the first that comes to mind. She is talented, beautiful and is still performing! She deserves to be in the Hall of Fame!

Forever Princess of Pop.

Posted by Rick on Tuesday, 12.11.07 @ 10:17am


No, when I think of her, I think of teeny bopping, cheesy music.

Posted by The Matzo ball on Tuesday, 12.11.07 @ 11:56am


Hey they already had her dress from the Out Of the Blue vidoe from 2004-2005 on display in the teen Idols section so why shouldn't be inducted in 5 year considered she still the youngerst artist too write and produce a number one song.

Posted by Erica on Tuesday, 12.11.07 @ 17:04pm


deborah,
deserves to be inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame. she is the one that paved the way for all these young singers and the wanna be from american idol. they shoould be thanking her for that!

Posted by rob on Sunday, 12.16.07 @ 15:37pm


Deborah Gibson is still working and has a loyal fan base. Her music and performance has mature beautifully! She should be inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame

Posted by Ralph on Tuesday, 12.18.07 @ 06:02am


believe you me, I loved Debbie Gibson, however, she still gets a no. Unless for some reason Tiffany got in, then, it would be a crime.

Posted by gary on Wednesday, 12.26.07 @ 14:48pm


It would be correct if she made it! Deborah Gibson still holds a 20 year old record. Her career and fame are based on talent and hard work. Not many so called "singers" or "pop stars" can say that. Go Deborah.

Posted by David on Saturday, 12.29.07 @ 05:39am


For those who voted Yes overwhelming, Are you serious?????

Posted by JasonP on Thursday, 02.28.08 @ 08:47am


I know last year March 15,2007 Tiffany along Paula Abdul .made this..

'GLAM' ROCKS: Only six solo female artists have been able to pull two or more Hot 100 No. 1 singles from a debut album in the last 20 years. The list includes Tiffany, Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce and, as of this week, Fergie


But alot of singers can do that now.
But how many artists has written their own songs and had them go to top of charts.
Think Deb had 10 songs on her 1st album and half of them made top 10.
Here's Debs 9 top 40 hits

OIMD-Deb wrote
Shake your love-Deb wrote
Out of the blue-Deb wrote
Staying Together-Deb wrote
EY-Deb wrote
LIYE-Deb wrote
NMR-Deb wrote
AIP-Deb co-wrote
Foolish Beat-Deb wrote(youngest artist to ever write,produce and perform #1 hit and still hold close to 20 years.
She was the first too have a #1song and album chart at same time.
Many awards along the way
She writes for other artist. She is well known in Broadway. She continues to write,produce and perform.

Posted by pattyg on Saturday, 03.1.08 @ 08:54am


9 top 40 hits...no kidding?? Elvis Presley had 114 top 40 hits, not much of a comparison. You lumped Debbie Gibson in with those other artists because they're all about the same...couldn't really tell one from the other. Not really HoF material.

Posted by Terry on Saturday, 03.1.08 @ 09:02am


I say yes 100%. If it wasn’t for Deborah Gibson none of these younger half wit stars wouldn’t be able to be in the market they are in. When Deborah started out there were no teenage singers in the music industry. She paved the way for the stars today. Tiffany doesn’t count because she was nothing but cheap imitation. Talk about the lack of talent. So Deborah’s music might have been bubble gum pop and one might even say it was cheesy. But come on it was the 80’s! Not very many pop stars out there today are writing, producing, and performing # 1 hit songs. If Deborah’s music was so bad then why does she still hold the record for being the youngest American artist to write, perform, and produce a # 1 song? Umm lets see…probably because the crop of “teen pop princesses” wouldn’t have known how to pick up a pen and write something for themselves. Deborah has paid her dues and deserves just as much of a right to be there as anyone else.

Posted by Michelle on Saturday, 03.1.08 @ 17:28pm


...so you're saying she paved the way for all the younger half-wit stars...I'll buy that!!!

Posted by Terry on Saturday, 03.1.08 @ 18:42pm


For those people that don't appreciated her music and her style, is it really necessary to spread your negative thoughts. what will you gain by doing so? Why can't you let people enjoy what they enjoy? Is it harming you in anyway? If you would like another singer to be voted in, just vote on their page.
Deborah Gibson does bring a positive light to music. She does write, produce and performs her own material. Can music just be a positive thing?

Posted by NYC on Sunday, 03.2.08 @ 14:54pm


I think thats why theres a "yes" button...and a "no" button!!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.2.08 @ 15:47pm


NYC-Instead of getting on here lecturing, why don't you give a good argument, give one redeeming quality of some of the music from that era...what made you like it? I can give you a list as long as my arm on why I didn't!

I've lived through about four of these "teen idol" eras, and they all fade away, largely never to be heard from again. As Deborah Gibson said herself..."theres a big difference between Debbie Gibson and Deborah Gibson". I couldn't agree more!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.2.08 @ 17:43pm


Hey if anyone has seen her in concert you would be amazed by her piano playing skills. I put her up there with the two of the greats already in the Rock Hall. The Piano Man Billy joel and Elton John. Even back in the day she played the Piano at her concerts so she not just another bubble gum teen Idol.

Erica

Posted by Erica G on Sunday, 03.2.08 @ 18:37pm


That's a pretty strong statement, seeing as the other two mentioned are widely known as exceptional pianists...Billy Joel has been known to do things a lot of classical concert pianists can't do. Since I've never seen her play, I can only take your word. Her playing prowess certainly isn't common knowledge.

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.2.08 @ 19:04pm


Something Debs mother wrote about her
" At 5, if you hummed something for Gibson, she could close her eyes and play it. Perfectly.
Mozart and Gibson also wrote music from head to paper - without an instrument to hear the notes.
"She hears it in her head and then writes it in this musical shorthand that nobody else would know how to interpret but her," says Diane. "When it's all done, she lays it out on the piano and then she plays it. There are no corrections. To this day, I haven't met anybody who can do what she does."

In 1995, Gibson was recording her album Think With Your Heart for SBK in London's AIR Studios in a building that was originally a church. It was the first time she had written arrangements for a 44-piece orchestra. "She went through so much anxiety to put it all on paper," says Diane Gibson, "and then when that orchestra came together in the church and played those first notes, she was overwhelmed. You could see it. After that day, she collapsed. We had to take her to a hospital. The emotional energy that she went through was incredible. She was intense about getting it all just right."

Posted by pattyg on Monday, 03.3.08 @ 19:31pm


How many artists do you know that has ever done that? Put a 44-piece orchestra togather ,write her own music scores/lyrics and then pass out due to all the anxiey by having to "do work" which is what no artist these days due. They just draw in close to or if not millions a month and then goto parties and then wonder why her kids have been taking away(talking about BS)

I don't know any or any that have ever been famous.

Posted by pattyg on Monday, 03.3.08 @ 19:34pm


What you describe is a far cry from "Shake Your Love". If she has this amazing ability on the piano, maybe she should display it more! I don't think Mozart could've been bothered with something like "Only In My Dreams"...

Posted by Terry on Monday, 03.3.08 @ 19:44pm


It is understood to the general public that when you think of Debbie Gibson, you think of the 80's songs. No matter what her loyal fans say, the general public will not even give her music a chance. A little narrow minded. If you haven't listen her other works beside the songs she wrote at the age of 13... is it fair for you to judge?
It's been over 20 years since her first hit. Deborah Gibson's music has matured through the years and her "craft" is amazing.
I loved her music in the 80's (the bubble gum pop) because I was a teenager. I love her music now because like her music I have grown. I do apprciate that she composes her own material. She doesn't try to find the easy way out to "display" her music.
To this day, I have the greatest respect and admire her because even in the entertainment business, she maintain a positive role model as a individual and as an entertainer. It is sad that to say that it appears that the younger generation don't have many positive "stars" to admire.
Before jumping to any conclusions, find out other information about her music. Granted she was only 20 years old, but listen to "Another Brick Falls", great piano work. Her "M.Y.O.B." album is one that is under rated.
It does bother me that people can not see the positive in others. I personally don't think Deborah Gibson flaunts her talent which is another reason, I do put her on a pedestal.

BTW.. the reason why she started her career with the name Debbie Gibson was because Atlantic records wanted a "younger" name. If you do read on the back covers of her album, it does state that songs were written by Deborah Gibson.

Posted by NYC on Tuesday, 03.4.08 @ 06:11am


I really don't think I'm being positive or nagative...I lived through the original "teen idol" era (Fabian, Frankie Avalon,etc...). It was "gee, let's see if we can manufacture another Elvis". After that came groups like 1910 Fruitgum Co., Ohio Express, The Archies, etc...labeled as "bubble gum music"...UGH!!! Then came the start of the boy bands and the really light pop sung by the likes of Tiffany and...Debbie Gibson. Now to someone like me who was in their 30's, had played in bands, and was an overall "Rock & Roll" fan...this music didn't interest me at all!

First impressions, especially in music, are pretty strong statements. Unfortunately, my first impression of Debbie Gibson wasn't favorable...doesn't mean it was bad for some, but I didn't care for it. So that initial impression kind of stuck with me, and even though I'm sure she's very talented (she's very articulate when she's been interviewed lately), it's kind of like Pat Boone trying to cover metal songs...to me he'll always be "April Love".

It really is a shame that record companies don't let younger talent "flex their muscles" and show what they can really do. Even though she was young, if she was in fact producing she should've had enough authority to say "I'm more than this"...most producers I've heard of do.

This is all just my opinion, and I welcome and respect yours!

Posted by Terry on Tuesday, 03.4.08 @ 18:02pm


you're kidding, right????

Posted by spike on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 11:25am


"you're kidding, right????"-spike

Maybe the key to getting along on this site is to welcome and respect other people's comments...until they start getting stupid (see above)!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 11:37am


How does one equate Debbie Gibson and Rock and Roll? Debbie Gibson may be many things ...but Rock and Roll is not one of them.

Posted by StevePotocin on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 13:15pm


One of her outfit is already in the Rock n Roll Hall of fame... it is only fitting that she will be part of history.
She is so talented! She can write a song in no time

Posted by Reggie on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 16:24pm


I dunno. My instincts say no, but if she's already got an exhibit in the hall, it could be a pretty good indicator.

Or not. I've yet to visit the Hall.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 04.24.08 @ 09:40am


Debbie Gibson in the Rock -N- Roll Hall of Fame?

NOT!!!!!!

Posted by Karl T. on Wednesday, 06.4.08 @ 15:59pm


Rock Producer of the Year - American Songwriter Awards - 1990

Posted by patty on Sunday, 06.22.08 @ 08:30am


I guess if you're going to let Madonna in...!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 06.22.08 @ 08:57am


first female to win "ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award" 1989

Posted by ralph on Monday, 06.23.08 @ 06:15am


She is Not rock n roll but hea they are lettin in rap and pop so they should change their name to music hall of fame. If it was really a rock n roll hall of fame Rush would be in by now. Also j tull b4 metallica too,it's only fair,another group of morons gave them a rock n roll award first,remember? So sad.

Posted by Darryl on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 22:39pm


Piss off Debbie!!!

Posted by Zeb on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 15:14pm


"Piss off Debbie!!!"
Posted by Zeb on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 15:14pm

what he said

Posted by Denise on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 15:20pm


"No, when I think of her, I think of teeny bopping, cheesy music."
Posted by The Matzo ball on Tuesday, 12.11.07 @ 11:56am

Me too,I can't get over it sorry.
She might of developed into a decent performer but she's not RRHOF worthy

Posted by Denise on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 18:54pm


Debbie Gibson in the Hall?

Only in your dremas!

(Sorry, I couldn't resist the pun.)

Posted by Joe on Wednesday, 01.7.09 @ 16:51pm


Debbie Gibson has no chance in getting in. Anyone that feels she warrants induction is either completely delusional or insane. Never in a million years should this happen. Case closed.

Posted by Ben on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 19:32pm


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Debbie Gibson and Steve Perry were to do a song together, it would be called...

What is "Foolish Heartbeat?"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 00:34am


I wish they'd let her in already. First she gets passed up for the American Idol judge position, now the HOF. Her day will come. It better anyway.

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 09.22.09 @ 18:37pm


Gitarzan, that isn't really you, is it?

Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 09.22.09 @ 18:49pm


Nope...I get "stalkers" all the time though, so I'm used to it. I'd want Debbie Gibson in at the same time I'd want 1910 Fruitgum Co. and Milli Vanilli in...right about the time they're taking me to Pueblo...locking me up in a padded room...and throwing away the key (at this point in time I'd be considered criminally insane...).

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 09.22.09 @ 19:15pm


Which should be anytime, right? Haha.

But seriously, I'd love for Milli Vanilli to get in at some point. They had some killer dance moves.

Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 09.22.09 @ 21:56pm


Being that Debbie Gibson was the first artist to chart a #1 single "Lost In Your Eyes" and #1 album "Electric Youth". NOT Elvis, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, U2, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, RunDMC, Eminem, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Reba McCintire, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Cher, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Nsync, BSBoys, Miley Cyrus or any other artist, but little 17 year old Debbie Gibson, then yeah I'd say she has a good chance of getting in. Also her stage outfit WAS displayed above and in the center of that Teen Exhibit at the Rock Hall previously mentioned.

Posted by Chris72nc on Tuesday, 11.17.09 @ 20:45pm


What on earth are you talking about???? Comparing Debbie Gibson to Elvis, MJ, and the Beatles in itself leaves you with absolutely no credibility...

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 11.17.09 @ 21:10pm


Being that Debbie Gibson was the first artist to chart a #1 single "Lost In Your Eyes" and #1 album "Electric Youth". NOT Elvis, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, U2, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, RunDMC, Eminem, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Reba McCintire, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Cher, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Nsync, BSBoys, Miley Cyrus or any other artist,

Posted by Chris72nc on Tuesday, 11.17.09 @ 20:45pm
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What ARE you talking about? I won't go as far as Gitar did w/his comment, cause I'm not sure you've said what you wish to say in the correct manner.

Are you indicating that she had a #1 single & album on the charts at the same time?

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btw, Gitar, you left a comment on some page I can't find saying nobody after 1990 should be eligible. Where'd you get that QUITE FALSE idea? (lol!!!!!)

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 11.18.09 @ 04:31am


...after I listened to Debbie Gibson...ROFL!!!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 11.18.09 @ 06:11am


Oh yeah, I forgot to include Johnny Cash, and Frank Sinatra. lol Debbie Gibson was the first recording artist in chart history to have both album and single at #1 simultaneously, yeah at the same time. So that alone is a good indicator she has a shot at getting in. There are plenty that love her, and plenty that hate her, despite that the records stand as they do, being my point. I don't like a lot I have listed above, but you won't see any comment by me on their chances of getting in or not, I have better things to do with my time and truly don't care.

Posted by Chris72nc on Wednesday, 11.18.09 @ 23:16pm


Chris72nc, may I direct you to a group known as 'The Beatles'. I don't even have to chk, but I'm pretty darn sure that back in 1964 or thereabouts, The Beatles had both a number 1 single & a number 1 album (at the same time).

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 07:27am


So anyway she was the first solo artist to do it then, enough of a feat she should at least have some consideration, besides influencing her generation, and with 2 multi platinum albums, and sold out stadium tours back to back world wide for those albums. Also that her first #1 was written, produced and performed by herself at 17 the youngest up to that point in time, and still standing 20+ years later today. I just read an article about Kiss, and Black Sabbath not getting in, so if those in the industry don't like you it seems to be a big factor, and we all know they would be in were it up to the fans. So it ultimately depends how bad she pissed off Atlantic Records when she left, and those factors. Madonna is in, so ANYBODY has a shot.

Posted by Chris72nc on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 14:40pm


Debbie Gibson sold out STADIUMS????? When did this happen? Her counterpart, Tiffany, could barely draw a crowd in a mall...!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 18:08pm


She toured the US 3 times Live in Concert the Out of the Blue tour, Live Around the World Electric Youth tour, stadiums in UK, Japan, and Southest Asia. I searched and cannot find concert ticket sales reference. So maybe some of you so much more knowledgeable music aficionado's can provide reference. I do know that her Out Of The Blue video collection was among the few to go platinum also in her era, to date, still in the top 100 at amazon music and video concerts. Also surely by any artist and one so young, The Out Of The Blue tour, and following Live Around the World tour videos were both certified 2x platinum by the RIAA and also counts for something.

Posted by Chris72nc on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 20:12pm


Relatively speaking, 2X platinum sales would be considered "okay" in an era where artists were selling tens of millions. She had some commercial success, but minimal, if any significant influence or innovation...

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 20:30pm


Yeah, I guess the Alanis Morrisette's often reffered to as (Canada's Debbie Gibson) in her beginning check out some of her old stuff on youtube and you tell me? The Miley Cyrus', Taylor Swift's with videos just like Debbie's, and Britney Spears also often reffered to as influenced by Debbie Gibson to the point it pissed her off.lol Doesn't count for much either, because they too are irrelevent, I assume.

Posted by Chris72nc on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 21:28pm


I would also like reference on who you are reffering to that sold 10 million concert videos 80's up to now?

Posted by Chris72nc on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 21:31pm


Or even 1 million for that matter?

Posted by Chris72nc on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 21:32pm


As for concert videos...prove it! As for Morrisette, it's amazing how desperately she tried to SHAKE her earlier image...kinda like "Deborah Gibson" does now...

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 11.20.09 @ 06:36am


If Debbie Gibson is inducted, in theory the natural order will implode and life as we know it will cease to exist.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 12:19pm


Debbie's already had some of her touring wardrobe on display at the museum though... she's had an exhibit. That tells me she's on the radar with some of the powers-that-be, so her induction may not be as far-fetched as common sense would suspect.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 12:28pm


This is the carnage that the Rock and Roll Hall of Lame has left by letting all genre's of music in. You guys are actually discussing Debbie Gibson's chances of getting in the ROCK and ROLL, I repeat ROCK and ROLL Hall. Wow! the ship is way off course and close to sinking.

How about letting Rock bands into the Country Music Hall of Fame, have you seen country music lately? Tom Petty put it best when he said "Today's Country Music is bad rock bands with a fiddle player." Rock music has totally influenced today's country music for better or worse, but will the Country Music Hall induct Rock Bands? HELL NO! they stay true to their genre.

But the money sluts at the Rock and Roll Hall of Lame will induct anyone to make a buck. Why do you think KISS is getting in this year, and they will get in, MONEY. Kiss released a new album and is on a world tour with tons of publicity. Last year it was the same thing with Metallica, new record and world tour that they are still on with tons of publicity, MONEY.

Do you really think the arrogant snobs of the nominating committee actually believe Metallica and KISS deserve to be in? HELL NO, MONEY.

That 25th Anniversary party that they recently threw was just Jann Wenner's wet dream. It smacked of a bunch of old burn out bands and musicians (with the exception of a few) performing for Wenner and his band of morons so they could pat themselves on the back and call it a historic event.

There is so much great hard rock and heavy metal music out today, Priestess, Them Crooked Vultures, Heaven and Hell, Owl, Alice In Chains, Chickenfoot, Megadeth, Black Stone Cherry, just to name a few. Why would I want to hear Crosby, Stills and Nash, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Simon and Garfunkel, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, sounds like a show for AARP, what a burn out fest. Lets move forward and enjoy today's great rock music, we have celebrated these old geezers enough already.

Posted by SpaceTrucker on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 12:30pm


ST, you do realize most of the acts you listed probably aren't even eligible yet... the only one that I know is eligible is Megadeth.

And again, "rock'n'roll" is not defined strictly as "music for mullets and mosh pits"... it's not just "hard rock and heavy metal"... not just hot guitars, as Gene Simmons put it. It's broader than that.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 13:56pm


Philip,

I think mullets look stupid and mosh pits are lame. For me Rock and Roll is Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, and there is enough of it to last me a lifetime. Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Music has been going strong for 40 years plus and counting. It has survived all the other music fad's that have come and gone, disco, punk, new wave, etc. The guys that were part of the beginning of Heavy Metal, Black Sabbath just put out an awesome new record as 'Heaven and Hell' called 'The Devil You Know.' And there are all kinds of new bands that rock, Seventh Void, Priestess, Them Crooked Vultures. Sacred Oath has a new record out, Armored Saint is working on a new album, it is AWESOME being a fan of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal!

I could care less if these bands are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Lame. But if Debbie Gibson is the topic of possible induction, I'm out!

I'm going to listen to the new 'Them Crooked Vultures' record and find out what other great new or existing hard rock and heavy metal bands are putting out more of this music that I am so passionate about and the Rock and Roll Hall of Lame chooses to ignore.

C-YA!

Posted by SpaceTrucker on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 14:29pm


"For me Rock and Roll is Hard Rock and Heavy Metal,"

If that's what makes you happy, fine... I personally find that definition very short-sighted.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 15:33pm


That's the thing Philip, I didn't choose Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, it chose me. If you tell me, you must like different types of music, I can't, I'm hooked on Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. It's not about what makes me happy, it's a lot more than that, it moves me and I'm very passionate about it, so when I voice my opinion about rock and roll on this site that's where I'm coming from.

I can't debate Debbie Gibson's possible induction because it is so far from my world of rock and roll it's not even funny. Most of the bands and artist's discussed on this site for induction don't measure up to what my Rock Hall of Fame would look like.

So it frustrates me that the Rock and Roll Hall of Lame is the only forum for recognizing all the deserving Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands.

So I'm not short sighted, I'm just hooked on Hard Rock and Heavy Metal and quite pleased to be in that situation. By the way the new Wolfmother album, 'Cosmic Egg' is AWESOME!

Posted by SpaceTrucker on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 16:52pm


"That's the thing Philip, I didn't choose Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, it chose me. If you tell me, you must like different types of music, I can't, I'm hooked on Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. It's not about what makes me happy, it's a lot more than that, it moves me and I'm very passionate about it, so when I voice my opinion about rock and roll on this site that's where I'm coming from."

But don't you think that an artist can be worthy of RnRHoF induction without being necessarily moving to you? I mean, look at the Steve Perry thread. All those crazies who demand his induction on the sole criterion that his voice moves them to a molten heart.... and for all that it really doesn't add up to a convincing argument.

"So it frustrates me that the Rock and Roll Hall of Lame is the only forum for recognizing all the deserving Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands."

Doesn't the Hard Rock Cafe do this? What about the Mainstream and Modern Rock charts that are designed specifically for the rock scene? They don't measure Hard Rock and Heavy Metal exclusively, but then again, neither does the RnRHoF.

"So I'm not short sighted,"

Your definition of "rock and roll" excludes styles and subgenres that have critically acclaimed and officially recognized as being part of rock'n'roll. Your previous post elaborating the scenario for your definition demands disregard and disrespect for the foundation, groundwork, and history that led to the creation of what you define as "rock'n'roll"... a history that has again been officially recognized as being within the realm of rock'n'roll, and not just by the Hall Of Fame. "Short-sighted" is the nicest term I could conjure up without flat-out lying. You're entitled to be moved by what moves you and to laud all of that and say all of it deserves enshrinement, but I would advise some modicum of detachment and realize that it can be rock'n'roll without being deeply moving to you.

"I can't debate Debbie Gibson's possible induction because it is so far from my world of rock and roll it's not even funny. Most of the bands and artist's discussed on this site for induction don't measure up to what my Rock Hall of Fame would look like."

Again, note all the possessive pronouns you're using "'my' world", and "'my' Hall Of Fame". Don't you think that's just a tiny bit egocentric? You're asking for a Hall Of Fame that's not only limited to your worldview, to the point of removing the 25 year requirement... the only criterion that is actually tangible.

I discuss Debbie's chances not on my own feelings of her music (it's alright, but not innovative or influential), but on the fact that she's had an exhibit in the museum, which for acts that weren't eligible when their exhibit first appeared, has usually been a good indicator, based on historical precedent. Do you see the difference?

But enjoy your hard rock and heavy metal. That's something I cannot and would not ever take away from you.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 17:57pm


google: Deborah Gibson discography wiki
then click on the indented link: Deborah Gibson discography, near the bottom of that page you will see VHS, and RIAA certification for each video I've previously listed. But since this page has gotten all spammed up, I'll be glad to relist for you all...lol

Out of the Blue (Atlantic)

RIAA Certification: PLATINUM
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Live in Concert - The Out of the Blue Tour (Atlantic)

RIAA Certification: 2x PLATINUM
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Live Around the World (A*VISION)

RIAA Certification: 2x PLATINUM

Posted by Chris72nc on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 21:28pm


Yes. When Electric Youth came out, her popularity and respect as the youngest singer-songwriter was quite immense. Tiffany or Britney or Christina never quite made that.

Posted by Joseph on Sunday, 11.22.09 @ 15:23pm


'Rock and Roll' does NOT only stick to rock or heavy metal. It's a GENERAL term for music. Any music critic knows this.

Posted by Joseph on Sunday, 11.22.09 @ 15:32pm


Not quite, Joseph... it does get differentiated from country in general discussion... even from hip-hop/rap. and even moreso in context of the Rock Hall, as it's separated from country, jazz (for the most part), and Adult Contemporary. Artists in those genres better have made significant outside influential contributions back into Rock and Roll if they hope to be inducted.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 11.22.09 @ 15:53pm


Yeah sure let's induct Debbie Gibson...right after Samantha Fox and Debby Boone or how about Olivia Newton-John, gimme a break.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 07:54am


Still the Youngest to ever write, produced and performed a song!

Posted by connie eng on Tuesday, 12.11.07 @ 06:42am

Last I checked, that's not criteria for Induction

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 07:55am


She remains the youngest female to write, produce, and perform a #1 "Foolish Beat", as documented in the Guiness Book of World Records in 1988, that's 20 years and going.

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The first solo artist/youngest female to chart an album Electric Youth, and single "Lost In Your Eyes" #1 simultaneously.

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She shared ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award in 1989 with Bruce Springsteen.

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Out Of The Blue video collection was maybe the first/by an artist so young, and was among the few to go platinum (certified by the RIAA) in her era/to date, and remains in the top 100 at amazon music and video concerts. Additionally, The Out Of The Blue tour video, and the followup Live Around the World tour videos were both certified 2x platinum by the RIAA.

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Her influence on many acts today from Avril Livigne to Taylor Swift, Britney, Alanis Morrisette, Gwen Stefani, Miley Cyrus, and Hillary Duff etc is obvious, irregardless of whether there is any credit given or not.

She wrote or co-wrote her own #1 hits.

Her tour outfit has already been displayed, centered, and most of all, above all the others in the RRHOF teen exhibit.

Posted by Chris72nc on Friday, 07.30.10 @ 17:26pm


debbie gibson has one of the few perfect voices with fantastic range and didn't ruin it with drugs booze etc. Like some we know . Whitney Houston for instance.

debbie I have a lot of respect for and so do alot of others.

I think if anything she was under valued. Her voice has always bee great and in perfect pitch.

She never needed electronic help with her voice either as some of these newer artists. She worked hard and trained hard to use the voice God gave her well.

Posted by Sean on Monday, 03.12.12 @ 13:44pm


Debbie Gibson's influences include Elton John, Billy Joel and Wham!/George Michael.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 03.12.12 @ 14:31pm


Debbie Gibson

01. Shake Your Love
02. Only In My Dreams
03. Out Of The Blue
04. Foolish Beat
05. Lost In Your Eyes
06. Electric Youth

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 08.17.13 @ 22:56pm


Out come the rock n roll music snobs again. Same old rubbish the hipsters of today spout about their indie music. And lol what a joke they've become. Just because it's not your preferred genre and you've made no effort to research it or follow it does not mean you have the the 'holier than thou' right to trash it. You spout the same illogical rhetoric that Southern Baptists do about sinning & worship except you replace the words Hell with Pop and God with Guitar.

Posted by Kris on Tuesday, 01.6.15 @ 18:25pm


True she was an 'indie' in every sense of the word before it was so loosely thrown around these days. Shocking truth hardly known most rock band, pop star, indie and any other musician's today can buy a song and call it their own making them a 'songwriter'. More shocking truth if you can stand it all common sense says her departure from Atlantic was not the most pleasant i.e. the release of her Greatest Hit's by Atlantic just as Think With Your Heart was released on SBK. Radio station's that claim to play 'everything' including Milli Vanilli and that whole thing but not one of her bonafide hits, it's called shelved as a nicer word or less commonly known by some blacklisted, be sure she wasn't the first and won't be the last. So yes if Atlantic has their say X she will never have or get the chance to get in. If her popularity which has taken a hit for above stated reason's has anything to do with her chances of getting in with support from her dedicated fan base ✔︎ she will eventually get in. If her achievement's and body of work and influence have anything to do with her chances of getting in ✔︎ she ultimately will get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Chris72nc on Sunday, 11.29.15 @ 00:54am


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