Word of Mouth (Toni Basil album)

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Word of Mouth
Studio album by Toni Basil
Released 22 May 1981 (U.K.)
April 1982 (U.S.)
Recorded 1981
Genre Pop, new wave
Length 39:28
Label Chrysalis (U.S.)
Radial Choice (U.K.)
Producer Greg Mathieson, Trevor Veitch
Toni Basil chronology
Word of Mouth
Toni Basil
(1983)Toni Basil1983
Singles from Word of Mouth
  1. "Mickey"
    Released: 5 February 1982
  2. "Nobody"
    Released: 1982
  3. "Time After Time" / "You Gotta Problem"
    Released: 1982
  4. "Shoppin' from A to Z"
    Released: 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Word of Mouth is the debut studio album by Toni Basil. It was first released in 1981 in the U.K. It was certified Gold by RIAA. It featured the #1 worldwide hit "Mickey". The album also contains three covers of songs by the band Devo who also performed on the songs. The song "You Gotta Problem" is actually a retitled version of Devo's "Pity You." The U.S. version of the album added the songs "Rock On" and "Shoppin' from A to Z", and removed "Hanging Around".

Track listing[edit]

US LP[edit]

  1. "Mickey" (Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn) – 4:12
  2. "Rock On" (David Essex) – 4:04
  3. "Shoppin' from A to Z" (Allee Willis, Bruce Roberts, Toni Basil) – 4:08
  4. "You Gotta Problem" (Mark Mothersbaugh) – 4:34
  5. "Be Stiff" (Gerald Casale, Bob Lewis) – 3:22
  6. "Nobody" (Paul Delph) – 4:00
  7. "Little Red Book" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 4:04
  8. "Space Girls" (Casale) – 2:56
  9. "Thief on the Loose" (Basil, Greg Mathieson) – 3:50
  10. "Time After Time" (Nick Gilder, James McCullough) – 4:18

UK LP[edit]

  1. "Nobody" – 4:03
  2. "Hangin' Around" (Conway) – 4:08
  3. "Thief on the Loose" – 3:54
  4. "Time After Time" – 4:23
  5. "Mickey" – 4:15
  6. "Little Red Book" – 4:07
  7. "Be Stiff" – 3:24
  8. "Space Girls" – 3:00
  9. "You Gotta Problem" – 4:36

International cassette[edit]

  1. "Mickey"
  2. "Nobody"
  3. "Hangin' Around"
  4. "Thief on the Loose"
  5. "Little Red Book"
  6. "Time After Time"
  7. "Be Stiff"
  8. "Space Girls"
  9. "You Gotta Problem"



  • Produced by Greg Mathieson and Trevor Veitch
  • Assistant engineer and 2-track editing: John Michael Weaver

Chart performance[edit]

The lead single "Mickey" became an international hit, which led to further success. It received double platinum certification. The album, which was released shortly after, was also a success, peaking at just #22 but receiving a Gold certification. However, the following singles ("Nobody" in the UK and "Shoppin' from A to Z" in the US) both flopped, which cut the album's success short. It also reached #27 on the New Zealand albums chart.

Chart (1982) Peak
Billboard 200 22
New Zealand Albums Chart 27