TONI BASIL "MICKEY" (1982)

Mickey was a 1982 hit U.S. pop song recorded by singer and  choreographer Toni Basil. It was actually first recorded by UK pop group Racey in 1979 as "Kitty".

The single reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week and No.2 in the UK Singles Chart. The song was Toni Basil's only Top 40 UK hit, making it a one hit wonder.

The UK singer Lolly also had a No.4 hit in the UK singles chart in 1999, with a cover of Mickey.

The choreographing in the video is actually really decent, and there are some impressive dance routines. In fact, it's the first mainstream pop video to feature choreographed dance routines, so it was pretty groundbreaking when released. Basil was actually 38 when she performed in the video. Another video was also released featuring Toni Basil with a backing band, although I've never seen it.
Although the song has many critics, I've always liked it, and, I guess, it's one of those guilty pleasure tracks!
There were rumours abound that the lyrics are about Mickey Dolenz from The Monkeys, as it was believed that Toni Basil had a crush on him. However, Basil has always denied this.
The B-side includes the tracks "Hanging Around" and "Thief on the Loose".

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This was a track taken from the debut album Word of Mouth, and is a cover of the song by Devo who also perform on this version. The album was certified Gold and also featured the worldwide #1 hit Mickey.

 

Mickey RemixesToni Basil LP