"Mickey" is a 1982 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 popular 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. Basil commented on the effect of this change: "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!" For years, it had been rumoured that the name was changed to Mickey because Basil was fond of The 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 disputed by Basil, who said she didn't know Dolenz that well. A music video for the song, featuring costuming and choreography inspired by cheerleader dance routines, was played heavily on MTV. Filmed in 1981, the video is considered the very first choreographed dance video, and the opening stunt, where a cheerleader jumps through the center of a human pyramid, is now illegal in competition.
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, making her a "one-hit wonder". 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 countless greatest or best lists and countdowns.
The UK singer Lolly scored a top ten hit in the UK Singles Chart in September 1999. Unlike the original, this version is very pop-heavy,[clarification needed] and includes influences from that direction. In addition, there is also a karaoke version of the cover in the album.
In the film Wayne's World, the song is sung by Tia Carrera and Mike Myers.
On September 25, 2009, a flash mob and orchestra performed a parody version ("Oh, Mackey, you're a swine. You're a swine, you blow my mind," etc.) inside a Whole Foods grocery store in Oakland, California, to protest Whole Foods' CEO John Mackey's public opposition to health care reform in the US, including his rejection of the principle that people have a right to health care.
Spanish TV show Sé lo que hicistéis... (I know what you did...) used to play the song to introduce one of the hosts, Micki Nadal.
The song is sung in a short scene on the American sitcom Friends, in the episode "The One Where They're Up All Night".
This song is sung in the show Napoleon Dynamite with the name "Rico" replacing "Mickey".
This song has been used twice in the animated American sitcom King of the Hill: Kahn sings and dances to it at the opening of "Three Days at the Kahn-do" and it is used during a montage for "The Powder Puff Boys".
The song is sung in the show George Lopez with the name "Ernie" replacing "Mickey", in the 2003 episode "Team Leader". Season 2, episode 22.
This song is featured in the 2012 video game Lollipop Chainsaw: It is played when Juliet, the player character, enters a temporary powered-up state. It is also unlockable as a background song.
The song is featured as part of the Riff-Off sequence of scenes in the 2012 film Pitch Perfect.