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Hey Mickey

Song by Racey
from the album Smash and Grab
Mike Chapman
Artwork for US vinyl release
Single by Toni Basil
from the album Word of Mouth
  • "Hanging Around"
  • "Thief on the Loose"
  • Greg Mathieson[3]
Toni Basil singles chronology

"Mickey" is a 1981 song recorded by American singer and choreographer Toni Basil on her debut album Word of Mouth. Written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn as "Kitty", it was first recorded by UK music group Racey during 1979, appearing on their debut album Smash and Grab. Toni Basil changed the name from Kitty to Mickey to make the song about a man.


Toni Basil's version of the song was initially issued as a single in the UK in May 1981, but did not chart at that time. Reissued in January 1982, "Mickey" quickly became a substantial UK hit, reaching number 2. It was issued in Australia by April, where over the Northern summer (Southern winter) it rose to number 1.

Finally issued in North America in August 1982, "Mickey" became a number 1 hit in the US and Canada in late 1982, a year and a half after its original release.


The original Racey song did not include the famous "Oh Mickey, you're so fine, you're so fine, you blow my mind" chant, which Basil added.

For years, it had been rumored that the name was changed to Mickey because Basil had a crush on Monkees' drummer and lead vocalist Micky Dolenz after meeting him on the set of their movie Head for which she was the choreographer; however, this claim has been denied by Basil, who said she didn't know Dolenz that well.[4]

Music videos

Two different music videos for the song were recorded, one featuring Basil with a backing band, and another featuring costuming and choreography inspired by cheerleader dance routines. Shot in 1981, while Basil was 37 or 38 years of age, the cheerleader video is considered the very first choreographed dance video.[]


Rock critic Robert Christgau commented on the perceived 'obscene' content of the lyric "So come on and give it to me / Any way you can / Any way you want to do it / I'll take it like a man". Christgau wrote in a review at the time that Basil "was the only woman ever to offer to take it up the ass on Top 40 radio." However, Basil adamantly denies this: "NO! That's ridiculous. People read shit into everything. It's not about anything dirty. You change the name from boy to girl" -- i.e., from "Mickey" to "Kitty" -- "and they read anything they want into it! When it's a guy singing about a girl, it's a sweet line. But when a girl sings it, it must mean butt-fucking! This is how the wrong foot gets cut off when the doc wheels you into the E.R. Then it's Micky Dolenz and butt-fucking."[5]

The single scored number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for one week and number two in the UK Singles Chart. The song was Basil's only Top 40 success.[6][7] It was 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 #57 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s. It has also appeared on multiple greatest or best lists and countdowns.

Charts and certifications

Track listings

US 7" single

  1. "Mickey" - 3:36
  2. "Thief on the Loose" - 3:50

International 7" single

  1. "Mickey" - 3:36
  2. "Hanging Around" - 4:06

US 12" single

  1. "Mickey" (Special Club mix) (Short) - 4:32
  2. "Mickey" (Special Club mix) (Long) - 5:58

Alternate US 12" single

  1. "Mickey" (Special Club mix) - 5:58
  2. "Mickey" (Spanish version) - 5:12

Lolly version

Lolly - Mickey.jpg
Single by Lolly
from the album My First Album
Length3:36 (album version)
Dufflebag Boys
Lolly singles chronology
"Viva La Radio"
"Big Boys Don't Cry"

The UK singer Lolly scored a top five hit in the UK Singles Chart in 1999. There is also a karaoke version of the cover on the album.

Track listings

UK CD single 1[29]

  1. "Mickey" - 3:36
  2. "Sweetheart" - 2:54
  3. "Mickey" (Karaoke version) - 3:36

UK CD single 2[30]

  1. "Mickey" - 3:36
  2. "Mickey" (Creator remix) - 5:58
  3. "Mickey" (D-Bop remix edit) - 4:22
  4. "Mickey" (The Bold & The Beautiful remix) - 5:50

UK Cassette single[31]

  1. "Mickey" - 3:36
  2. "Mickey" (Karaoke version) - 3:36


Chart (1999) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 14
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[32] 4

Other notable versions

Songs which sample the Toni Basil recording

See also


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  8. ^ "Australia No. 1 hits -- 1980's". World Charts. Archived from the original on 9 January 2017. Retrieved 2013.
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  10. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6192." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
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  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  17. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles - Week ending DECEMBER 18, 1982". Archived from the original on 21 September 2012.. Cash Box magazine.
  18. ^ "Forum - ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts - Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts - 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ "Top 100 Singles of 82". RPM. Vol. 37 no. 19. Library and Archives Canada. 25 December 1982.
  20. ^ "End of Year Charts 1982". Recorded Music New Zealand. Retrieved 2016.
  21. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1982". Archived from the original on 21 September 2012.. Cash Box magazine.
  22. ^ "The Top Singles of 1983". RPM. Vol. 39 no. 19. Library and Archives Canada. 24 December 1983.
  23. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1983". The Longbored Surfer. Archived from the original on 29 November 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  24. ^ "Hot 100 Turns 60". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
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  26. ^ "Canadian single certifications - Toni Basil - Mickey". Music Canada.
  27. ^ "British single certifications - Toni Basil - Mickey". British Phonographic Industry.Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Mickey in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  28. ^ "American single certifications - Toni Basil - Mickey". Recording Industry Association of America.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.
  29. ^ "Lolly (2) - Mickey". Discogs. Retrieved 2014.
  30. ^ "Lolly (2) - Mickey - The Mixes". Discogs. Retrieved 2014.
  31. ^ "Lolly (2) - Mickey". Discogs. Retrieved 2014.
  32. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  33. ^ "Främling" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedatabas. Retrieved 2015.
  34. ^ Burgos, Danielle (9 August 2018). "'The Meg' End Credits Song Adds So Much Levity to a Movie About Terrifying Giant Sharks". Bustle. Retrieved 2018.
  35. ^ McLeod, Kembrew; DiCola, Peter (2011). Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling. Duke University Press. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-8223-4875-7.
  36. ^ "Nitty's Hey Bitty samples Toni Basil's Mickey". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2013.
  37. ^ "Limp Bizkit's Nookie [Androids vs. Las Putas Remix] samples Toni Basil's Mickey". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2013.
  38. ^ "Boards of Canada's Nine-Rubber Wisdom samples Toni Basil's Mickey". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2013.

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