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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
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I knew nothing about her career prior to this song. A very accomplished woman.
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I like this song
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Good song
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i like this song
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Wow, WHY did I think this song was from Madonna? No, it's a LOT better than anything Deborah Ciccone EVER did (I actually think I'm wrong about that being Madonna, too - oh well!)
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Awesome song!!
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I never knew a guy named Mickey but this song is very trendy.
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LOLLIPOP CHAINSAWWW
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This song makes me want to get up and dance!!!
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Don't break my heart Mickey!!! ������������
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Love It!
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More than half that album was DEVO. Give credit where credit is due
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heidyyyayy
Hey mickey
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The beginning of MTV
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Good song hey Mickey
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I remember when this song came out! This brings back memories for me!
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Where are the lyrics? Pandora is getting worst! I'm looking for another app to hear music and see lyrics... anyone does know one really good?
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r.f.riddle30
Why do we not have lyrics anymore on the songs? Return the lyrics!!
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shes a great singer and very hot
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Lyrics ?
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What happened to the lyrics?
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This song takes me right back to high school! I love it!
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sue981
This song is really cute :)
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What's with the remixes they are not as good as the original
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You take me by the heart when you take me by my hand
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Hey mickey
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BEST SONG EVER!!!!!!!
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Because of the remixes I get electronic music at least half the time.
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mikeway1723
Word
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j144174
Tank. For.
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j144174
Tannk. For
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He favorite role for me was as the junkie in the movie, Mother, Juggs and Speed
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Joan Jett? Really?
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It's funny when your name is mickey
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My aunt look just like you in the 70's I was born in the 70's but is cute
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bbade
Your so fine Your so fine u blow my mind,
Hey MICKEY
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jarlow50
Toni Basil is older than the hills.
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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:†
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I like it :)
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This Song Is Good For Dancing In Cheer ♥✌
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HEY MICKEY....CL A P P I N G ... HEY MICKEEEEYYYY !!! LOOOOOVE IT LOL
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COOL SONG mickey hay
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kire27
<3 love this song
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I love this song!
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medeirosj5
Cheer for me OK OK Mickey I do it for Mickey
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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
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I SHOW YOU MY P**SY
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If this is the only contribution this singer makes to humanity, it is quite enough.
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She can make good songs.
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Best song ever!!!
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