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Toni Basil

Toni Basil was one of new wave's ultimate one-hit wonders, falling completely off the musical radar screen after topping the charts with the ubiquitous cheerleader-chant single "Mickey." Chiefly a choreographer, Basil was born Antonia Christina Basilotta in Philadelphia (sources listing her birth date range from 1943 to 1950) and attended high school in Las Vegas, where -- unsurprisingly -- she was a member of the cheerleading squad. After high school, she became a go-go dancer and quickly moved into choreography, working on '60s television shows like Shindig and The T.A.M.I. Show; in 1964, she appeared with Annette Funicello in the film Pajama Party, which she also choreographed. In 1966, Basil released her first single, the Graham Gouldman-penned "28"; the B-side was her recording of the title song from avant-garde filmmaker Bruce Conner's Breakaway, in which she also appeared as a dancer. Basil's acting career soon hit a peak with her role in 1969's landmark Easy Rider as a New Orleans hooker; she went on to appear with Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces and Dennis Hopper in The Last Movie. During the '70s, she choreographed films like American Graffiti and The Rose, and also worked on David Bowie's 1974 concert tour.

In the late '70s, Basil formed her own urban-style dance troupe, the Lockers, and moved into music video directing as well, helming the groundbreaking Talking Heads clip for "Once in a Lifetime." In 1981, she signed to Chrysalis as a recording artist and cut her debut album, Word of Mouth. Among the tracks was "Mickey," a song penned by the Mike Chapman/Nicky Chinn songwriting team (Sweet, Pat Benatar, etc.); it was originally titled "Kitty" and recorded by a group called Racey. Word of Mouth had been out for some time when "Mickey" finally began climbing the charts in Britain, eventually peaking at number two; a few months later, helped along by Basil's self-directed, cheerleader-themed video, "Mickey" hit number one in America and became an inescapable pop culture phenomenon. Basil wasn't so lucky with the follow-up singles, however; "Shoppin' From A to Z" and "Over My Head" only scraped the lower reaches of the charts, and her eponymously titled 1983 album stiffed. Basil returned to her earlier careers, taking occasional acting roles and choreographing for film, television, and commercials. Among her more notable assignments included the films Delirious, That Thing You Do, and My Best Friend's Wedding. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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BEST SONG EVER!!!!!!!
Because of the remixes I get electronic music at least half the time.
mikeway1723
Word
j144174
Tank. For.
j144174
Tannk. For
He favorite role for me was as the junkie in the movie, Mother, Juggs and Speed
Joan Jett? Really?
It's funny when your name is mickey
My aunt look just like you in the 70's I was born in the 70's but is cute
bbade
Your so fine Your so fine u blow my mind,
Hey MICKEY
jarlow50
Toni Basil is older than the hills.
I was just reading Toni's listing and I think that makes a great review of her. Ever since I first heard her song , I've been just in love with her; she sounds sooooooo CUUUUUUUUUUT E : o D This comment is from
alt./new-wav e / t h r a s h - m e t a l - f r e e - j a z z - p u n k / p o s t - p u n k / e c l e c t i c lead singer from , ©Jenny Glass, who thinks Toni is totally cool-you rock my world, babe!(o:†
I like it :)
This Song Is Good For Dancing In Cheer ♥✌
HEY MICKEY....CL A P P I N G ... HEY MICKEEEEYYYY !!! LOOOOOVE IT LOL
COOL SONG mickey hay
kire27
<3 love this song
vballgirl200 1
I love this song!
medeirosj5
Cheer for me OK OK Mickey I do it for Mickey
1. Kiss your left hand
2. Say your crushes name
3. Say a school day
4. Close your hand
5. Say your name
6. Open your hand and look at it
7. Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out on the day you said
I SHOW YOU MY P**SY
If this is the only contribution this singer makes to humanity, it is quite enough.
She can make good songs.
780561281
Best song ever!!!
-sumbudy-
Love it.. And everyone always say.. Hey Nikki your so fine! ❤
sbmott5
Love this song..rememb e r i n g my wild 80's
Didnt pitch perfect do this song?????
rolltide3333 2
Funny
rolltide3333 2
Hee hee
purplevans24
Hey Mickey your so fine!! :3
I really liked it in pitch perfect!
msilvermerli n
wanna laugh, this song just appeared on my Metallica station! LOL!
I do have a 80's station too.
I love this song..don't break my heart, Mickey!! ❌⭕❌⭕
Love this song in Bring It On. Whenever I hear this song it reminds me of that movie.
I love this song!
I thought this was about micky mouse when I was little
lexiv8
WAIT....HOW DID THIS GET ON MY I-POD??????
kelseymullen 4
MUST READ THIS!!!!!! I'd just like to say to all of you posting these comments saying your going to die or date your crush are not true. You will not actually die or fall in love. Trust me, I've read one and never posted it. Someone just started it to freak people out. So can you please just chill out and stop? Repost to get the word around.
Pitch perfect lol
I remember listening to this in pre-k I knew all of the chorus
I LOVE THIS SONG AND HOW TGEY SING IT IN PITCH PERFECT!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
Love this song we always pratice to this song in cheer!!<3
godlovesmp
If u follow me ill follow u back
godlovesmp
When this played on the radio me and my mom sang it!
I alway think of wane's world when i hear this song
Hey catchy but the staion I have it : psy it should not be there
Hey Mickey!
Ur so fine u blow my mind
Hey mickey hey mickey your so fine
924748122
Hey! Hey Mickey!!
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