Song: “Mickey” by Toni Basil
Reached #1: December 11, 1982 (her first, 1 week)
As one-hit wonders go, this is one of the one-hittiest (if that’s a word).
Toni Basil’s singing “career” stretched from the mid-‘60s until the mid-‘80s, and produced three chart singles. Two charted below #75. And then, there was “Mickey”.
The song didn’t start as “Mickey”. In 1979, the Aussie/British duo of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn wrote a song called “Kitty”, a album track by the UK band Racey. When they suggested it to Basil, she wanted a name change so she was clearly singing about a guy. There was apparently no one specific reason for the name “Mickey” (at least, she’s never mentioned one particular Mickey as the source).
Basil also added the chant that really gave the track its hook (“Oh Mickey you’re so fine…”) – and inspired the cheerleader-based video. Basil did wear her Las Vegas High School cheerleader outfit in the video (20 years after high school, so more power to her). The dancers were not, as far as we know, really cheerleaders… but all of those “cheerleaders” certainly didn’t hurt the video when MTV was looking for content…
Basil’s more long-lasting influence was (and is) in dance, where she’s an in-demand choreographer and founding member of the Lockers street dance team.
Tomorrow, the only pop song that I know of which references Pagliacci.
Other songs that reached #1 on December 11:
1961 – “Please Mr. Postman” by the Marvelettes (their first, 1 week)
1993 – “Again” by Janet Jackson (her seventh, 2 weeks)
2004 – “Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell (his first, 3 weeks)
2010 – “Raise Your Glass” by Pink (her first, 1 week)