Debbie Gibson Scores '3 Billion and Counting,' Loses Happy Naivety

Linda Sharps

Remember Debbie Gibson? One-time youngest artist to write, produce, and perform a #1 single on the Billboard Top 100 ("Foolish Beat")? Performed in a lot of malls? Eventually, as is the natural progression for such things, posed for Playboy?

She's back in the news today thanks to Howard Stern, who mentioned the documentary 3 Billion and Counting on his show this morning. The link between a documentary that aims to rehabilitate the reputation of DDT so it can be used more widely in third world countries to battle malaria, and an '80s pop princess? She wrote the score for the film.

Oh, and also her boyfriend Dr. Rutledge is the film's creator. Debbie says of her involvement:

Before I met (Dr. Rutledge) I was happily naive. Now, I can’t unknow what I know about a woman or child dying every 12 seconds from a preventable disease.

This is her first time scoring a movie, and she also created the theme song. Here's a behind the scenes look at "Rise" from the soundtrack:

It looks like a potentially interesting film that explores what the creators believe to be flawed political reasoning behind the DDT ban of the chemical DDT. From the movie website: "Thirty plus years after the DDT ban the death toll is gargantuan. Is it a mere coincidence that deaths from West Nile virus, mosquitoes, and bedbugs are growing by leaps and bounds right here in the US?"

On the other hand, the "director's note" looks a bit like it was written by a guy wearing a tinfoil hat.

Well, good for Debbie. However this movie turns out, it's got to be a better career move for her than fighting mall-singing rival Tiffany in, ahem, that blockbuster hit Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.

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