E-lec-tric Youth!

On a bleak January day, the alarming and unmistakable sound of glass breaking halted all activity in the main lobby area of Forest Hills Elementary School. Before our eyes could show us what had happened, our noses gave us all the information we needed to know: a bottle of Debbie Gibson for Revlon’s “Electric Youth” perfume had fallen from the hands of a careless sixth-grader onto the flecked gray-and-black tile floor. The sweet, citrus-y scent, intoxicating though it was, could not soothe the deep sense of loss each female student felt during such a travesty. And once we could bear to look, and see that cheerful pink coil bouncing and flailing forlornly in the air, each of us knew that no amount of babysitting money or increase in allowance could ever truly make up for the loss experienced by Cara C. that day.

In fact, only one thing could lift the spirits of anyone who experienced so great a material loss, and that is to watch Debbie Gibson’s “Electric Youth” and be energized by both her performance and the lyrics. The future only belongs to the future itself, after all.



About missblissindc

Miss Bliss lives, works, and reminisces about the golden age of her youth in the Midwest from the DC area. She’s a Scorpio, but only in the good senses of that term. To share your 1980s/1990s mem’ries, e-mail missblissindc@gmail.com.
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3 Responses to E-lec-tric Youth!

  1. Vittoria says:

    so have you seen the trailer for “take me home tonight”? it’s looks, um… AMAZING!!!

  2. Mary El says:

    Congrats on being mentioned in DC Blogs! This is hilarious, I feel like most of the time reading your blog sparks memories that I forgot I had. It took me a second, but then yes, Electric Youth came back to me. It was the pink coil that I remember mostly. How do YOU remember all this stuff?

    • Sadly, I remember and can re-live the experiences of the ’80s and ’90s much better than things that happened to me last week. I guess it’s part of getting old!

      Thanks for reading. 🙂

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