Wednesday, April 24, 2024

’80s Pop Redux: Debbie Gibson Has First Album in 20 Years, Richard Marx Is Right Here Writing for You


Talkin’ about the next generation:

Debbie Gibson and Richard Marx are each pop icons from the 1980s. They weren’t from my world, but they were each each very popular and continue to be.

Now comes news from both of them. Gibson will release her long- awaited new pop album on August 20th—her first in 20 years. Her 10th studio album is called “The Body Remembers,” and  features 15 new tracks written or co-written by Gibson, along with a studio version remake of her 1989 hit power ballad “Lost in Your Eyes”—now a duet with Joey McIntyre, out today.

“I’m in the zone musically on this album like never before,” says Gibson in a statement. “There’s a flow happening and it’s very exciting. I’m excited to be releasing an album that people of my generation can relate to that also feels modern.”

Gibson and McIntyre, from New Kids on the Block, are also on tour this summer.

And then there’s Richard Marx, who made the girls swoon in his 80s MTV videos. He’s got a memoir coming on July 6th called “Stories To Tell” with a two-disc companion release featuring remastered versions of his biggest hits plus never before released demos, and live tracks. Plus he’s recorded fresh interpretations of songs he wrote for other artists including NSYNC’s “This I Promise You,” Josh Groban’s “To Where You Are” and Keith Urban’s “Better Life.”

Whew! I didn’t know this but Marx is now coupled in real life with MTV’s Daisy Fuentes. He also suffers from an undiagnosed malady. He looks pretty good nonetheless in this clip from Mother’s Day:



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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