The song was written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn (titled as “Kitty”) and originally performed by the pop group “Racey” in 1979 . Toni Basil’s version – “Mickey” – was released in January 1982 with “Hanging Around” on the B-side (“Thief on the Loose” in the United States) as a lead single from her debut album, “Word of Mouth.” The song is known for its catchy and upbeat pop sound, featuring handclaps and Toni Basil’s spirited vocals.
The lyrics of “Mickey” convey a playful and flirtatious tone, with the narrator expressing her infatuation with a boy named Mickey and encouraging him to join her in a dance. The chorus is particularly memorable and features repetitive chants of “Oh, Mickey, you’re so fine, you’re so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey!”
The song “Mickey” became a commercial success, reaching the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. It also achieved chart success in other countries. The music video for the song features Toni Basil and a group of cheerleaders performing energetic dance routines, adding to the song’s lively and fun-loving vibe.The music video was directed, produced and choreographed by Basil herself.
The song was Basil’s only Top 40 success. “Mickey” was named Number 6 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80’s. Overall, “Mickey” is celebrated as one of the catchy and enduring pop songs of the early 1980s, and it remains a classic in the realm of cheerleader-inspired music.