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Album Review

Razor & Tie's The Best of Toni Basil: Mickey & Other Love Songs is a fine 12-track collection that compiles nearly all of her best material. Since Basil wasn't able to deliver a hit follow-up to "Mickey" — her two subsequent charting singles, "Shoppin' from A to Z" and "Over My Head," didn't break the Top 75 — most of this material will be unknown to everyone outside of hardcore fans. It's also unlikely that anyone outside of New Wave fetishists and dedicated fans will find much of interest outside of "Mickey" on this collection. Basil and her producers lacked musical imagination, offering only variations on "Mickey," and quirky, Blondie-esque New Wave pop. While that can be quite entertaining to those with special interests, the average fan of her one hit will be better off with a various-artists collection. Nevertheless, fans who want to dig a little deeper will probably not be too disappointed with this collection, even if it doesn't contain "Shoppin' from A to Z." It has just enough hidden minor gems, such as a cover of the ubiquitous "Be Stiff," to make it an enjoyable New Wave artifact.

Customer Reviews

Toni Basil had excellent music and was underrated.

I can tell you I honestly would have never thought she was more than "Mickey" before I found out she covered three DEVO songs. Once I heard her Devo covers I instantly got "Word of Mouth" and her self titled album and fell in love with her music. It is simply amazing, especially the stuff Devo worked on.

Real Version of Hey Mickey!

So hard to find the real version of Mickey, but here it is!

Mickey awesome song

wut wuz shi thinking???

Biography

Born: September 22, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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