Toni Basil is an American pop singer, songwriter, director and choreographer and dancer, best known for her multi-million-selling worldwide #1 hit "Mickey".
Toni Basil served as an assistant choreographer to David Winters and was a dancer on Shindig!, an American music variety show. She was also assistant choreographer and was featured as a go-go dancer on the 1964 concert film The T.A.M.I. Show (Teen-Age Music International). She choreographed, and co-directed with David Byrne, the music video for "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads and directed and choreographed the video for their song "Crosseyed and Painless." She also choreographed David Bowie's Diamond Dogs Tour in 1974, and Glass Spider Tour in 1987.
Basil's recording career consists of only two albums. Her first album, 1982's Word of Mouth included a second Hot 100 single "Shoppin' from A to Z," as well as three songs by Devo, with the group providing the backing track. The track "Space Girls" was a re-recording of a 1974 Devo demo titled "Space Girl Blues" that would later be released on Devo's "Hardcore Devo: Volume One". Devo member Gerald V. Casale and Toni were in a relationship at the time and Basil had been an early supporter of the group. Toni Basil, her eponymous second album, yielded a third and final Hot 100 charting single, "Over My Head," which also reached #4 on the U.S. Dance chart.