Song Stuck In My Head: Going 'Over My Head'

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

"Mickey" really sucks. Bold statement, but I don't think it deserves to be on any 80's "best of" whatever list and it totally undermines what Toni Basil has done musically. On the contrary that "Mickey" is achingly catchy and is easy to like, yet after hearing beyond that particular song, I have come to the conclusion that its Basil's worst song. As Basil's music career stalled before it began, she did release some fun songs (see 1986's "Girls Night Out" from Modern Girls) and some cheeky albums, her best being her 1983 self-titled final hour. Toni Basil feels more like a soundtrack for dance/mall rat moves of that time, as the music is spirited, filled with synths and its drips in hot pink gloss. The album spawned only two hits, "Street Beat" and "Over My Head", the latter track being more my speed. Even though "Over My Head" does sound like Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" in the beginning, it dives into something that is energetic electric candy, and just puts a rush on me. The music visual below displays Toni's kooky personality, not to mention her talent for being a dancer and choreographer, yet somehow this pop perfection didn't take off as planned, because after it, no other songs were released from Toni Basil. Shame, as it shows that there was more to Basil than a cheerleader romper. 

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