After years of working as a dancer and choreographer for everyone from Frank Sinatra to David Bowie, Philly-girl Antonia Christina Basilotta (Toni Basil, to you and me) wanted to try her hand (and voice) at singing.
So in 1980 she recorded a ditty that stands today as one of the 80s’ most famous songs. “Mickey” wasn’t actually released until two years later, but when it DID hit the airwaves and the record stores… whew! ‘Instant Hit’ doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Originally recorded as “Kitty” by the British group Racey in 1979, the song was re-titled by Basil to become “Mickey” (and, thus, about a boy)–– just in time for the dawn of MTV.
And if you weren’t already picturing Basil in her red, white, and blue Las Vegas High School cheerleading outfit, bopping around in a white studio with those baby-blue-and-navy clad cheerleaders beside her… well, you best get up off this site–– ’cause you ain’t no REAL 80s child.
“Mickey” went on to be certified double-platinum, and it spent 27 weeks on the Billboard charts, peaking at #1 for a week in December 1982. It was, alas, to be Basil’s one and only hit… making her (and her song) one of the most famous one-hit wonders of our favorite decade.
And we love it now, just as much as we did 30 (!) years ago.
We ♥ Mickey.