Mickey Toni Basil
Song Title: Mickey
Artist: Toni Basil
Date of release: 5 February 1982
Description: ” Mickey ” is by Toni Basil, the American singer and choreographer. The song was released in 1982 and taken from her first Album ” Word of Mouth “.
Written first by the 70’s hit writers Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, ” Mickey ” was first performed by the English 70’s – 80’s group Racey.
Originally called ” Kitty ” the song first appeared on their first Album ” Smash and Grab “.
For this version, Toni Basil changed the title from ” Kitty ” which was about a woman to ” Mickey ” which was to be a man.
This change caused some speculation for the reason of the difference, and some said it was for Toni’s fondness for the Monkees singer Mickey Dolenz after she met him on the set of the film Head.
Toni had been doing the choreography for the film. However, she denied this and said she didn’t know him that well. Added to this rumour was the actual meaning intended for the lines ” any way you want to do it / I’ll take it like a man “. Supposedly the Gender swapped lyrics referred to the sexual act of anal sex, again this was disputed by Toni in which she called the rumour as ” ridiculous “.
The video was filmed in 1981 and involved Cheerleaders in a dance routine, Toni directed, produced and choreographed the dance.
The cheerleader routine used in the video came about because Toni had been a Cheerleader herself, in the video she wears a sweater with LVHS which is from her former High School.
The video for ” Mickey ” was often played on MTV a great deal, shot in 1981 it is considered to be the very first video to use dance routines that had been choreographed.
In the opening sequence of the video, a Cheerleader jumps through the centre of a human pyramid; this practice is now illegal in Cheerleading competitions.
A commercial success for Toni, ” Mickey ” reached the Number One position on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart, where it held the slot for only one week.
In the United Kingdom, the song also reached the higher echelons of the charts with a number two position. However, Toni Basil and her song ” Mickey ” was to be her only top 40 hit, and she has gone into the one hit wonders box.
VH1 named ” Mickey ” at number five on their 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of All Time.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 39, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 69, Ireland (IRMA) 3, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 39, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 3
Official Website: Tonibasil.net
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/ToniBasil