Friday, January 02, 2015

FINALLY...My Debbie Gibson Fandom is Justified

On New Year's Eve, one of my Facebook friends initiated an intense conversation of why Mr. Mister sucks. I defended them by saying that was my first concert...and that I had a crush on the lead singer. She promptly joked that I could no longer be her friend.



The next day, middle grade/YA author Lisa Schroeder tweeted that she'd just watched the One Direction movie (I didn't even know there was a movie) and she wasn't ashamed. I replied that as children's authors, we get to unabashedly watch this sort of thing.



I regularly read posts from tween/teen authors about movies and TV shows designed for young girls, including Pitch Perfect and Glee (back when that show was good). It seems that writing for young readers gives you license to indulge in entertainment designed for young people...which can be fun. I, for instance, watched this movie on Netflix and loved it:



The whole thing reminds me of my fascination with Debbie Gibson when I was 16. Technically I was too old to be a fan of hers, but she was my age and she was writing songs that were actually on the radio. As a writer of (very bad) poetry, I was inspired.



When I was a teenager, I loved this video. It still appeals to my girly side, even if I were seeing it for the first time today.



It has everything. Fun effects, fashionable clothes (for the time, anyway!) and scrunchies. Remember scrunchies?



If you don't, don't worry. They'll come back in fashion soon. Fashion does that. Debbie Gibson probably won't, though. She's too busy making bad movies.



But I did feel a little ashamed at just how much I enjoyed fellow Hendersonville High School alum Taylor Swift's new video. What is it about these young female singers that make them SO much fun to watch? It's a really, really good video and song, actually, even if you aren't a recovering Debbie Gibson fan!



What's your most embarrassing guilty pleasure?

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  1. Stephanie, I'm older than you and I loved Debbie Gibson... my love of music, books and movies, crosses many genres :-)

    I say to each his own... many people love things I don't like, that's life... :-) By the way I truly hope scrunchies do not come back into style (yes I wore them but never again..haha) That and leg warmers... :-)

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    1. One good thing about scrunchies was that they were less damaging to your hair. Elastic bands can cause breakage. I was hoping leggings would never come back in, but here we are, in the midst of a legging revival. I'm seeing a LOT of leg warmers on young children, btw...one of my Facebook friends' daughter got them for Christmas and posed in them.

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    2. I'm one of the oldest DebFans will all her albums on CD and saw her at the end of her pop career, 1995..SC

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  2. You always have the most entertaining posts, Stephanie. Hope 2015 is wondrous.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! I always hope it's entertaining to someone besides me!

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  3. My wife likes Mr. Mister. Their songs have a strong Christian theme.
    I can't think of anything. Unless being a D&D geek counts.

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    1. They do. Rick Springfield painted Mr. Mister's lead singer in a slightly less-than-Christian light in his autobiography, though... Richard Page was a backup singer on Don't Talk to Strangers. I wish I'd never read Rick Springfield's biography. There are some things you can never "unread!"

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  4. I loved Glee when it first came out! (Stopped watching after the first season or so though.) And oh yes I remember scrunchies - how about banana clips? :)

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    1. I had a banana clip! I loved that even if you had mid-length hair, you could make it look like you had a long ponytail.

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  5. Well, I'm older than you but my guilty pleasure was the Monkees when they weren't respected as a group. What do I care? It's not like I'm having lunch with the Beatles (by comparison).

    But the guilt doesn't stop there - my musical tastes are all over the place. I like The Cure, The Tubes and Elvis Costello right along with various other popsters that NO ONE would say mixed in that group - like Donnie Osmond's solo single (now you're cringing) and Nsynch or New Kids On The Block.

    I take this whole music thing song by song. It doesn't even have to be in English.

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    1. I liked some of NSync's music...and I think you're "cool" if you like Justin Timberlake. The NSync generation is now grown up and I think they'd defend the band! I think they were better than One Direction...although I did like What Makes You Beautiful.

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  6. The Grease movies, yes both of them. I like the classic feel of Grease, but Grease II is my ultimate favorite because I absolutely loved Michelle Pfeiffer in it! :)

    Embarrassed, no! Gonna watch it again this weekend, whether Tim wants to or not.

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    1. I was a HUGE Grease fan as a kid. And I got a huge kick out of the fact that the main character in Grease II is named Stephanie!

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  7. haha, I love it. I'm a Disney girl, so my guilty pleasures would have to be High School Musical--I'm obsessed, and own all of the movies. They're just so cute! and when Hannah Montana was on I loved that too lol. My best friend and I did the Hoe Down Throwdown at her wedding!

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    1. Hannah Montana was the only Disney show I could take when my stepdaughter was little. It was actually well written, compared to other Disney shows. Although Disney shows weren't all that much worse than the sitcoms I watched growing up. When I go back and watch them now, I'm actually amazed at how cheesy they were!

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  8. Wow! I used to love Debbie Gibson. Where on earth is she now? Also, surely we don't need the excuse of being a writer for young readers in order to indulge in such wonderful entertaining TV, do we? I love it all and I write adult crime thrillers. Hmmm. I am not ashamed! :) Happy New Year, Stephanie. Wishing you continued success throughout 2015.

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    1. If I wrote crime thrillers, it would justify my fascination with Discovery shows like Disappeared and Dateline. Debbie Gibson never stopped working. She was on Celebrity Apprentice a couple of years ago and does a lot of theater, even Broadway. She balances that out by doing REALLY bad movies like that one pictured in the blog. I think she's doing sequels to that now. She's been dealing with Lyme Disease since 2013. Seems that's affecting a lot of people now.

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  9. I don't think I have more than one that counts outside stuff that most older people consider "nerdy".

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    1. Nerds rule now! The Big Bang Theory has made nerdy cool, I think. Plus...most of us are a little nerdy now, right? Anyone who gets excited about a new version of an app or the latest iPhone has a little bit of "nerd" in them!

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  10. We deserve our guilty pleasures! Mine is Britney Spears. I loved her songs and videos. She was popular when my kids were just starting to like pop music and my husband took our daughters to see her as their first concert....I think they were 8 and 10 at the time. Good memories for us!

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    1. I did LOVE Britney Spears when she was at her peak...around the Toxic time. I loved all the stuff before that, as well. Her music has logged a lot of plays on my various mp3 players (and iPhones) over the years! I recently discovered "Bombastic Love" on SongPop and downloaded it--I'd never heard that one.

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    2. I will have to look that one up!

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  11. I love this post! I was in 7th grade and my mom bought me the first Debbie Gibson CD for my birthday (because she asked someone at the store what someone my age would like (it was the first CD I ever owned). At first I was horrified because I didn't think I was a fan of her music. But I listened to it- and loved it. Then I got the next CD! I listened to them both all the way through college. She has some really fun songs and some really beautiful songs. I don't think I have either of the CDs anymore- but I might have to double check that. :)

    Yeah for guilty pleasures! :)

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    1. Electric Youth was one of my first CDs. I had one of those big CD players--it was when I was in college, around 1989 or so. I remember loving "Lost in Your Eyes" and "We Could Be Together." I had Out of the Blue on cassette.

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  12. Everybody likes what they like. I've enjoyed musical episodes of shows like Supernatural, Buffy and Xena, that count as guilty? lol

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    1. What about the musical episode of Grey's Anatomy? I think they went a step too far into the "weird" direction with that one! The first season of Glee sucked me in...it never was as good as that first season. It's the same guy who did American Horror Story--that first season was good and I haven't liked the subsequent seasons of it since.

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  13. Guilty pleasures? Maybe that I like a few Country and Western artists (but only a few). Happy New Year!

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    1. I like Shania...that's about as far as my country music interest goes, despite the fact that I live about a minute from the Opry!

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  14. they must have had a lot of fun filming that video. i like taylor swift because she's so good at making fun of herself. :)

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    1. And she's always so sweet to her fans. She goes above and beyond...which is very important when your fan base is young girls.

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  15. Guilty pleasure? Boating. That pretty much covers it. You have to know that I'm 63 years old. Things change.

    I loved both the videos.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  16. I do remember scrunchies, you are right they will more than likely make an appearance again. My guilty pleasure would be probably eating too much chocolate.

    Betty

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    1. I definitely do that--but I'm cutting way back for my New Year's resolution. Starting Monday!

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  17. LOL I didn't know that a movie for the One direction existed as well. It can be nice sometimes to have something like that to watch.

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    1. I don't think I'd watch it--I never really got into the boy bands after crushing on Duran Duran and Mr. Mister when I was a tween/teen. (At least both of THOSE bands played instruments!)

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  18. Yes, how time changes us, I used to love those guilty pleasures!

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    1. Time has mostly changed me...I just heard Taylor Swift's new song on the radio and hated it...but I've liked her other music so far.

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  19. I'm not a debbi gibson fan but i sort of grew up watching her. She's so talented.

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    1. She definitely had talent. After watching her on Celebrity Apprentice, my admiration for her changed. She was a little annoying in a Broadway star kind of way. You know how they're always loud and over-the-top? Yeah...that's how she seems to be all the time.

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  20. I loved Mr. Mister! So when Debbi Gibson was popular, I was into metal music. I would never have admitted to liking her music, but I couldn't turn the radio off when some of her songs came on! :)

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    1. The people into metal were the ones making fun of me for liking her. Maybe they had their own secrets!

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  21. I remember only Debbie's name, but can't recall any of her songs. I liked Paula Abdul back in those ancient days :)
    But I cannot stand all of today's teen stars, they're superficial, uncaught and have no intention of being positive role models. The only thing I like about Taylor Swift is her cat Olivia :)

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    1. I think Only in My Dreams and Shake Your Love are Debbie Gibson's best-known songs, but I never cared for Shake Your Love. There was a SNL skit where Shake It Off came on and people started dancing--then when they realized they were dancing to Taylor Swift, they got sick--they even named the condition!

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    2. Only a few, Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor and a few others..just avoid Beiber. His An ti-Abortion view would be tolerate if it weren;t served with a wish for rape on the side, and do you want fat women insults on the side, Justin Bieber asks?

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  22. I loved Debbie Gibson. Out of the Blue is my favorite song of hers. When I visit Youtube, I end up watching so many videos from my past.

    I'm not on top of new music. I have no idea what the big songs are and don't recognize the artists my students mention.

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    1. We sometimes watch VH1's show where they play 80s videos. It is a little sad that there isn't a way to just play videos now without going online to do it. You'd think someone would have come up with a 24-hour music video channel by now, but I guess young people just want to watch reality shows about housewives and pregnant teens these days.

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    2. Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor follow in the same foot steps - Stephanie & Medeia, you'd enjoy them, they speak very highly of Debbie..how about Lady Gaga and others doing big band and country..

      I'm old enough to be Debbie's older brother and I like her as well. Don't forget she was on Celebrity Apprentice and other more recent shows and guest starred in the allstar cast of Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night", For fans of this it is a very hilarious affectionate song and video..the new artists have some of the same values..All about that Bass was the 2014 best seller for best seller newcomer, Meghan Trainor's..it's a lot like Debbie's and the 60s doow op.

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  23. Ahh scrunchies! Who could forget those! I remember they tried to make a come back in the early 2000's and it just never caught on. I am never ashamed of the things I watch or read. Why should I be? I think they keep me young at heart! At leas that is my story and I am sticking to it. ;)

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    1. I agree with that! I even listen to Top 40 radio when I can stand it. If a song has a good tune, I love it. Often music just seems repetitive and flat, though. I've found music just connects or it doesn't. I like Meghan Trainor's music. There's something very retro about it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PCkvCPvDXk

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  24. Wow, Stephanie... bringing back some memories! I loved Mr. Mister and am guilty as charged for sporting scrunchies while pulling off three pairs of socks per leg. Remember when we used to have different colors crawling toward our knee? Or the MC hammer pants while spraying our bangs as far high up as they could go, lol.
    My niece loved the Katy Perry movie so I totally wouldn't mind watching it. Pitch Perfect was really cute.

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    1. I had some MC Hammer-inspired pants, actually! I never owned parachute pants, though. The Katy Perry movie was awesome. I actually cried.

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  25. I do miss the eighties and what I really miss and hope they bring for big kids not just toddlers --- high tops! I miss my old LA Gear high tops...

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    1. Well...decorated vans (shoes) are back in style, so high tops might not be far behind!

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  26. Fandom for anything is never something to feel guilty about. It goes with enthusiasm, commitment and involvement. So I refuse to accept guilt for loving things. Ever. Apathy is sooo much more dangerous. And insidious.

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  27. Oh, scrunchies, I do remember you. And how sweet and innocent that music video was- nothing like nowadays!

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    1. Yeah, even the Taylor Swift video is seriously violent toward the end.

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  28. I don't admit to guilty pleasures in public...

    But I do love teen movies. And TV shows. It's my fault that my niece watches Pretty Little Liars.

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    1. I tried to watch that show...I couldn't get into it.

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  29. You already know about mine, but the '90s 90210. The mullets. The crazy outfits. Ian Ziering with a perpetual sunburn. Horrible personal issues that are resolved in an hour or less. Ah, 90210...take me with you.

    It doesn't hurt that Ziering and Priestley are both super guys in real life. Very sweet and down-to-earth.

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    1. I loved that show. It's not online, is it? I'd love to rewatch it! Melrose Place is on Netflix and I rewatched it last year. It was such a trip down memory lane. I thought Jason Priestley was the most handsome guy in the world around the time that show was on. Big crush! Luke Perry moved here to Tennessee--I heard some nightmare stories about him. Seems he isn't quite as nice as the other two guys...

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  30. Have a good weekend, Stephanie.

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  31. I'm not ashamed that I watched Big Time Rush with my daughter before the show was cancelled. I can sing most of their songs too. ;)

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    1. Moms always get a free pass on that!

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  32. I loved Debbie Gibson when I was younger. But just a few of her songs. I watched that Katy Perry movie too and thought it was very well done.

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    1. Yeah, not every Debbie Gibson song was a diamond, for sure! And Katy Perry's music can be hit-or-miss, too.

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  33. That was fun... and I'm still wearing the same black hat... today I call it my "Frosty hat".(shh).

    I got a similar response on Facebook when I posted Taylor's, "Shake it up," which I think is an excellent song.

    I'm with you, Stephanie, bring back scrunchies and leggings!
    A truly fun posts. Did you like the Bangles?

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    1. I did! They were supposed to open for Mr. Mister when we got tickets to the concert but in the interim, they hit it big and suddenly had to cancel their opening act for Mr. Mister...I'm sure they realized they were more popular than the band they'd be opening for by then!

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  34. Hello Kitty is my guilty pleasure. There was this purse once...

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  35. Thanks for sharing the video. Taylor is such a talented singer.

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  36. My best friend was a huge Debbie Gibson fan back in the Eighties and early Nineties. I'm not sure if she's still into her. Usually she steered far clear of singers and groups with massive amounts of hype, as did I, so I was gobsmacked a few years ago when she seriously went to a NKOTB reunion tour and gushed about it. Does she not remember how we hated that group and made fun of the girls who loved them?

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  37. I remember Debbie Gibson (yeah, I'm just that old). My secret guilty pleasure is listening to disco. On the flipside, my wife likes David Hasselhoff and NKOTB.

    Father Nature's Corner

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  38. That was a good video!
    My guilty pleasure - dinosaur movies!
    Congratulations and Good luck with your tour!

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  39. Hahaha, so much fun. Love your admission. It made me giggle. Mine? My guilty pleasure? The Monkeys and Herman's Hermits. Hahaha. THERE. It's out. I'm relieved. I love their humor.

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  40. Great videos. Yes, its the fun part of research!

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  41. I love Taylor Swift, too. Another one of my guilty pleasures is Pretty Little Liars. And in general a lot of young adult books :)

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  42. I remember that Debbie Gibson album and I wore scrunchies. They're totally coming back into fashion just like neon did. My new guilty pleasure is Odd Squad. It's a kids' show on PBS. Like Men in Black meets Harry Potter. So quirky! (And I don't even write YA!)

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  43. I loved that Debbie Gibson video & song. She was one of my favorite singers back then. I like Taylor Swift's new song. The end of the video is definitely crazy!

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  44. Holy Aquanet hair Batman! That movie not only has Debbie Gibson, but THE Tiffany! Thank you for making me smile :D

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  45. Not sure what guilty pleasures I have since I'm pretty open to a lot of things. I do enjoy Katy Perry, but can't say I really keep up with her. Used to watch Glee until I guess I just got tired of it--or maybe something better had come on against it. Can't say since I don't watch much TV either.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  46. I am behind! I watch Glee and think it is quite good. I still have a couple of scrunchies:)

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  47. I think she goes by "Deborah" now. But yeah, she was good looking. This may be why I don't normally aim to write for young people, because much of what annoyed me when I was young still annoys me now. LOL.

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  48. Meghan Trainor is a lot like Debbie Gibson
    Whole image
    bloinde hair
    singer/songwriter


    I have almost all of Deb's albums and Meg's "Title".

    Stefanie, ya have a great blog (I was 28 when Debbie had her #1 hits Foolish beat and Lost in your Eyes.)

    Debbie and Meghan could star in a neato mother and daughter singing movie together!

    (My name is borrowed from Gumby's pal..50s-60s Gumby fan..)

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  49. Circus Peanutsa candy, getting away from music, a guilty pleasure, and Meghan Trainor...I should have written Wholesome not Whole image for Meghan Trainor/Debbie Gibson

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