#Music - Songs you didn't know were covers - 001 - "Mickey"

For many of my generation just saying "Hey, Mickey!" is enough to get half of you humming the tune to Toni Basil's one-hit wonder from the early 80s.

Decked out in pigtails and a cheerleader outfit, the forty-year-old Basil danced and chanted her way to the top of the American charts and a place in music history. However, the talented dancer was not the first to record the song. The tune was originally written for a group called Racey...and it was called "Kitty."

Racey recorded Kitty for their 1979 album, and despite being written by the very successful Chapman/Chinn songwriting partnership, never released it as a single. So, Toni changed the name, added the cheerleader chant and scored the hit, and Racey? Well, had you heard of them before I brought them up?




  1. Apparently Racey, as all UK bands from Weston-super-Mare do, are still on the go. You tube vid of them playing at Bognor in Feb this year!!
    See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPDpbE-tX90

  2. It wasn't until Prince died that I found out he wrote "Nothing Compares 2 U". I don't know how I didn't know this but I didn't. https://youtu.be/K7OaJjdsHS8

    1. He also wrote Chaka Khan's I feel for You - it is on his 2nd album Prince.


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