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Toni Basil – Mickey (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 15th, 2011



“Mickey” is a 1982 U.S. new wave song recorded by singer and choreographer Toni Basil. Written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn as “Kitty”, it was first recorded by UK popular music group Racey during 1979. Toni Basil changed the name from Kitty to Mickey to make the song about a man, and because she was fond of The Monkees’ lead singer Micky Dolenz after meeting him on the set of their movie Head as a choreographer. A music video for the song, featuring costuming and choreography inspired by cheerleader dance routines, was played heavily on MTV.

The single scored number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week and number two in the UK singles chart. The song was Basil’s only Top 40 success, making her a “one-hit wonder”. It is named #5 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of all time, #16 on 20 to 1’s Top 20 One Hit Wonders Countdown and #7 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s. It has also appeared on countless Greatest or Best lists and countdowns.

Mickey (Special Club Mix) 5:58

Mickey (Spanish Version) 5:12

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Excellent


Year Single Chart Position
1982 Mickey U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1982 Mickey U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #3
1982 Mickey U.S. Cashbox Top 100 Singles #2


Label: Chrysalis – CDS-2666
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave
Credits:Producer – Greg MathiesonTrevor Veitch

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
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All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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20 Responses to “Toni Basil – Mickey (US 12″)”

  1. Marc Says:

    WOW it’s a Toni Basil Celebration


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Lol! yeah I guess it is but it ends today 🙁


    Marc Reply:

    you have to get her Singles Suspense, Do You Wanna Dance, Time After Time, Street Beat (all 12” Singles)


  2. jbird Says:

    Thanks so much, Paul! It’s so nice to FINALLY hear a clean copy of the 12″. I wasn’t sure I liked this remix back in ’82 but it’s grown on me. Anyway, it’s classic early MTV. Remember the video music days? Ahhhhh! What a great time to be a 20-something!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Those definately were the days I remember how exciting it was to wait for the world premiere of a video. I think I am slowly chipping away at some of your request Jbird 🙂


  3. jbird Says:

    As you know, it (the chipping away) is greatly appreciated. Thanks, paisano.


  4. ric Says:

    Love your mini Toni Basil series, Paul!
    My only grouse about this single is that it prevent Laura Branigan’s Gloria from hitting #1 on the Hot 100 charts back in 1982.
    And I remember those days of anticipation, for every new weekly AT40 chart show, and then later on every MTV premier. Those were certainly the days!
    And btw, does anyone think that those same cheerleaders in that Mickey video would’ve made the cut is the video had been made today?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Ric. Those cheerleaders definately would not have made the cut these days because they look too normal (lol) today evryone looks like manicans and you can’t weigh over 90 pounds. How I wish for the simpler days.


    ric Reply:

    oh yes…girls would have to be matchstick thin to be GORgeous…eeeuw!


    Dan Reply:

    I think Lionel Richie’s “Truly” also prevented “Gloria” from going to #1 in Billboard. Although the reverse happened in “Cashbox” – “Gloria” went to #1 there while “Mickey” stalled at #2. Plus, in that time frame in “Billboard”, there were 3 consecutive #1 songs with one-word titles: “Truly”, “Mickey” and “Maneater”.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Great trivia Dan thank you!


  5. musicdivaSF Says:

    Dj PaulT, thanks so much for this rare of a gem post. this and the “over my head” post made me think of the other toni basil hits that i enjoyed listening to. sure would love to see street beat on here someday. 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    MusicdivaSF Thank you. I am working on tring to get some more Toni singles in my collection.


  6. DJ Mr. Tm Says:

    Any chance or re-upping this? I can’t seem to find the copy I downloaded the first time round.
    PS Thanks for everything you do?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Links have been restored and 24 bit also added. Enjoy!


    DJ Mr. Tm Reply:

    Oh snap! I know a certain Dj that’s got another donation heading his way after the first 🙂


  7. Armani Watches Sale Says:

    I was searching Google about this file format, and I found your blog. Thanks for the valuable information.


  8. mixhunter Says:

    Purely curious just saw the German 12” of this in discogs here:


    shows a 4:32 Remix and a 4:48 Extended Version

    Cover is similar but record label pics match the above times.

    Anyone heard this or know if the “German” mixes are edits or much different?


  9. walrus64 Says:

    Muchas Gracias!! 🙂


  10. Martin L. Gore Says:

    Do you by any chance have the 90s JASON NEVINS Remix CDM?


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