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Few (One/Two) Hit Wonders - TONY BASIL (1983)
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"Mickey" by Toni Basil - 

This was originally recorded as "Kitty" by a group called Racey. In the original lyrics, Kitty was a girl. Toni Basil changed the lyrics from "Kitty" to "Mickey" and the gender from female to male. She decided on "Mickey" as she was fond of former Monkee Micky Dolenz, who she choreographed in the 1968 Monkees movie Head. Tony Basil can be seen in Head in the surreal sequence where Davy Jones and Tony Basil dance alternately in a white and a black room, wearing a combination of white and black.
This was written by the songwriting team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, who wrote several other pop hits, including "Love Is A Battlefield" and "Ballroom Blitz."
Basil got the idea for the video before she found the song to accompany it. The video was produced, directed, and choreographed by Basil - she was the first to do this for her own video. She had made some short films in the past, and had a deal with a European company to make a collection of videos. For one of the videos, she decided to do something with a cheerleader concept, since she had been head cheerleader at Las Vegas High School (now known as Las Vegas Academy - that's why the sweater she wears in the video says, "LVHS"). She made the clip before MTV went on the air, and the video was first established in England, where various TV shows played it and sent the song up the charts, where it peaked at #2 in February, 1982.
In America, it took a while before MTV got the video and started playing it, but when they did, the song took off, reaching #1 for a week in December, 1982.
The cheerleaders in the video were members of a championship squad from Carson high school in Los Angeles. Basil met them at a competition where she was shooting video of cheerleading choreography.
Basil is an accomplished choreographer. She worked on dance numbers for many TV shows and movies, and often appeared on camera herself. She worked on the '60s show Shindig and was a guest star on Laverne and Shirley. She has also directed videos, including the Talking Heads "Once In A Lifetime," where she taught David Byrne his wacky dance moves. She did choreography for the movies That Thing You Do and My Best Friend's Wedding, and worked on the Gap commercials that featured swing dancing.
Basil appeared in the movie Easy Rider - she played one of the girls in the cemetery drug scene set in New Orleans. She grew up in show business. She is the daughter of Louis Basil, who led what was basically the house band at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas during the '60s. The band was known for its loose, rambunctious shows. 
Two years after this was released, Basil tried to follow it up with a song called "Over My Head," which stalled at #81 in the US. Her only other chart entry was "Shoppin' From A To Z," which went to #77 in the US, also in 1983.
The Irish teen girl group B*Witched recorded a version of this that was used at the end of the movie Bring It On
Weird Al Yankovic did a parody of this called "Ricky," which had a Ricky Ricardo/I Love Lucy theme. Al says the video cost about $3000 to make, and at one point, he was supposed to be shaking maracas. Since no maracas were handy, he ended up shaking a bowling pin.

Billboard Top 100 Songs of 1983

1 Police Every Breath You Take
2 Michael Jackson Billie Jean
3 Irene Cara Flashdance... What A Feeling
4 Men At Work Down Under
5 Michael Jackson Beat It
6 Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse Of The Heart
7 Daryl Hall and John Oates Maneater
8 Patti Austin and James Ingram Baby Come To Me
9 Michael Sembello Maniac
10 Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
36 Toni Basil Mickey

| Closed on 12/19/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
6 Fans 
0%a. 10 (Great Song)
50%b. 7-9 (Liked that song)
33%c. 5-6 (Ok song)
0%d. Who? What? Huh?
17%e. WTF?!?!?

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#3 | 340 days ago

7-9 (Liked that song)  
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#1 | 340 days ago

(Edited by texas_tornado4261)
Annoying song that kinda grew on you  ….  if it wasn't played too much  …
7-9 (Liked that song)  
#2 | 340 days ago

A song that will always define the 80's
#3 | 340 days ago

7-9 (Liked that song)  
#4 | 340 days ago

i hate this song 
#5 | 339 days ago

Eh... it was OK but man, they hammered that song on the radio. The chicks were bouncing around in cheerleading unis, I'll give them that much.
5-6 (Ok song)  
#6 | 339 days ago

(Edited by icfeet)
I actually liked the parody of this song by Weird Al...

5-6 (Ok song)  

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