When the British band Racey recorded a song by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman called Kitty in 1979 , Toni Basil rewrote the title, changed the title to Mickey and shot a video clip with cheerleaders . She herself played the head cheerleader in her old high school costume.
Initially, however, there was no success. It wasn't until MTV was founded in 1981 that this early music video became so popular that the song was first released on February 5, 1982 and eventually became a number one hit and two-time million seller in the US, Australia and Canada . The success also extended to Great Britain, where Basil still reached number two. In Germany , however, the single was unsuccessful and only reached number 69, after only two weeks Mickey left the German charts. In Austria and Switzerland Mickey could not place himself in the charts.
In the English-speaking world, Mickey is still a classic and a popular cheerleader song to this day. Performers like the Spice Girls , Avril Lavigne and Ashley Tisdale have the song in their repertoire. 1983 Weird Al Yankovic had his first chart success with the song with the corruption as Ricky . In 1995 No Use for a Name played a melodic hardcore version in a medley on the album Leche Con Carne . In 1999 the British singer Lolly reached number four in the British singles chart with a version of the piece. Artists like Heidi Montag , Limp Bizkit , Madonna and Kylie Minogue sang their own songs on the melody of Mickey . In addition, many artists recorded Mickey in their mother tongue and some of their versions were able to land hits in their homeland, such as the Brazilian singer Xuxa . Other cover versions:
- 1983: Carola Häggkvist
- 1983: Timbiriche ( Micky in Spanish )
- 1995: Eugene Chadbourne
- 1999: Lolly (singer)
- 2000: B * Witched
- 2006: John B
- 2009: Zebrahead
- 2010: Girls' Generation ( Hey Cooky )
In the movie Wayne's World there is singing in the car.