Some facts about Toni Basil that you might not know (or care about)

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    Some facts about Toni Basil that you might not know (or care about)

      From yahoo.com: Hey Toni, you’re so fine, you're so fine, you blow our minds. You're 70! You're 70!

     

    Forming a human pyramid isn’t how we usually celebrate pop artists entering their eighth decade. But we’ll have to make an exception in the case of Toni Basil, the symbol of early-'80s sprightliness who slipped us a "Mickey" with her sole hit back in 1982. She turns 70 on September 22 and, if recent public appearances are any indication, Basil fits into that Las Vegas High cheerleader outfit just as well as when she starred in one of MTV’s most famous early videos.

     

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    "Mickey," the single

    She's a one-hit wonder who's enjoyed a successful career throughout the last 50 years. If that sounds paradoxical, it's worth pointing out that "singer" has really been the least important component of her multi-hyphenate singer/dancer/actress/choreographer/director legacy. Like Jennifer Lopez, Basil was a dancer who parlayed that into a musical career. But unlike J.Lo, she quickly went back to her former profession, retiring from record-making after her sophomore album stiffed in '83.

     

    ''People think, 'Well, she's not around because she's not in front of the camera.' You're not going to be that naïve, are you?” she complained to Entertainment Weekly in 1996, taking umbrage at the one-hit wonder slur.

    It was hardly as if she could financially coast on the success of "Mickey," which continues to be the DJ's choice any time some ‘80s tunes are called for on the dance floor. "I don’t think my story is an unusual story for a lot of music performers," she told an English TV interviewer recently. "But I think that since 1982, worldwide, I have probably seen less than 3,000 American dollars in royalties."

    Unknown to most pop fans who know her mostly for her work with pompons, Basil has been a virtual Zelig of pop culture — working alongside David BowieElvis Presley, Talking Heads, the Monkees, Devo, Frank SinatraGeorge LucasJack NicholsonTom Hanks, Bette Midler, the Muppets, Matchbox Twenty, and even "Suite Life"-era Zack and Cody. Her latest credit on IMDB had her choreographing an episode of RuPaul’s TV show...which is a long way from dancing next to Annette Funicelloall the way back in 1964's Pajama Party.

    Basil really did go to Las Vegas High, per the uniform, thanks to her father/s longtime gig as the orchestra leader at the Sands. She soon came to L.A. to dance in an early-/60s theatrical revival of West Side Story, the cast of which included fellow dancer and BFF Teri Garr, who boogied along with her in Pajama PartyViva Las Vegas, and "The T.A.M.I. Show."

    "Boy, did I envy her!" Garr wrote in her memoir. "Toni grew up in a show business family in Las Vegas...At her apartment she had false eyelashes, hairpieces, and a waist cincher. This level of accessorizing impressed me. As far as I was concerned, it made Toni a real show-business dancer. I was in awe of her." Their adventures included being invited to sit in on the recording of the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," then going out for a full night of drinking and dancing with all four Fabs afterward.

    Basil also hoofed it up for Bob Fosse in Sweet Charity and partnered with Davy Jones for a memorable production number in the Monkees' Head. But her allure was enough to land her non-dancing roles in Five Easy Pieces and Easy Rider; in the latter, she played a hook-er Peter Fonda took a shine to in New Orleans.

    Hollywood suddenly had a thirst for the counterculture, but its elders didn't know how to service these crazy kids. As someone who knew how to keep dancing from looking musty on the big screen, Basil was uniquely positioned to start getting her own choreographing gigs.

     

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    Basil's first magazine cover, in 1974

    She was well known enough by 1974 to land a cover story in New York's  After Dark magazine, and, in 1976, to be praised as "the Pavlova of the Sunset Strip" in a feature in  Ms. magazine.

     

    "I was a cheerleader," she told After Dark, explaining her background, long before "Mickey." "During those years doing those homecomings and football games I learned all my choreography and musical staging I was David Winter's assistant on 'Shindig' and 'The T.A.M.I. Show'...When David came to New York to stage 'Hullaballoo,' I started getting calls to choreograph. Rock had finally begun to be used on television. All of the choreographers were older people who hated the improvisational nature of rock-music dancing. I loved rock; I was disciplined; I could stage numbers too. David was the first rockchoreographer. I was now the second. I began to stage dances for films. I did Viva Las Vegas with Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. By standing in for Ann-Margret for a week, I learned the feeling of being a star in a musical number."

    That cover story coincided with Basil getting her biggest break to date, as the co-director and choreographer of David Bowie's Diamond Dogs tour in '74. (She repeated her duties for Bowie on 1987’s Glass Spider tour.) But an even bigger turning point in the mid-'70s came when she joined a dance troupe called the Lockers, as their only white member; they performed on the third episode of "Saturday Night Live" and proved highly influential on hip-hop dancers to come. Fred "Rerun" Berry off "What's Happenin'" fame was a fellow member. "Toni worked hard in the early '70s to make street dancing something people would know about," Bowie later pointed out. Said Basil, "We did change the face of dance. We were the first street dancers that formed a group, got on television, and actually earned a dime." Within one week, Basil noted, the Lockers opened for Sinatra at Carnegie Hall and Funkadelic at Radio City Music Hall.

    She fit in just as well, if not better, as the punk/new wave era dawned. At one point she was going out with a young upstart named David Byrne (who had a thing for choreographers, since he also took up with Twyla Tharp). Their most notable collaboration was a video for "Crosseyed and Painless" that changed Byrne’s image from nerd to visually provocative nerd, as he took on the role of a jerky, forehead-slapping, Ernest Angley-style evangelist. Byrne’s label president, Seymour Stein, is quoted in a Talking Heads biography by David Bowman as having taken note of how Byrne's romances with Tharp and Basil rubbed off on his stage moves: "Boy, it's a lot cheaper than taking dancing lessons," Stein joked.

    Said Basil, "'‘Crosseyed and Painless' started when Shabba-Doo — street-dancing star of Electric Boogaloo and Breakin' — called my attention an insane dance group called the Electric Boogaloos, from Fresno, California...That was the first time I saw Boogaloo Sam do the moonwalk, which is really called the backslide. Michael Jackson did not create the moonwalk! I showed the audition tape to David Byrne, and he wanted to use that style of dance for 'Crosseyed and Painless.'"

    Then came the recording contract of her own, at which point, being a show-biz veteran in her 30s, she was hardly a babe in any of these woods.

    "On my 'Mickey' video, I was the director, producer, choreographer, editor, singer — everything," she said. "I'd made very avant-garde 8mm and 16mm films...And I had been choreographing for TV since the late '60s, so I certainly knew how to shoot for TV. I didn’t have a calculated approach to 'Mickey' of Ooh, I'll wear a short skirt in the video because will guys will like it. If you don’t like my talent, then f--- you."

    The song had already been out, in another form, as a single called "Kitty" by a (male) group named Racey, written by the then-hitmaking team of Chinn/Chapman, who’d also been responsible for smashes like "Ballroom Blitz." After being handed the song, Basil flipped the gender and, more importantly, introduced the chant.

    "I was always a cheerleader and I remember the echoing in the basketball court of cheerleaders, of us, stomping, chanting," she said. "I said I would do it if I could put the cheerleader chant on it. The record company asked me not to put the chant on because they were concerned it would ruin the rest of the tune."

    Not for 1982 audiences, it didn't, as the song soared to number two in England and number one in America. But despite the presence of Devo as the backup band on some of her tracks, music fans were being bombarded by so much novelty and color that they didn’t seem to want any Basil tunes that didn’t offer a chant.

    Since then, she's faced the responsibility of trying to remind the public that she had the same career before and after "Mickey," which essentially stands out as a defining but uncharacteristic blip. "People don’t connect the girl that sang 'Mickey' with the girl who was one of the seven original Lockers or the same girl who was in Easy Rider or the same girl who choreographed David Bowie, Tina Turner, and Bette Midler tours. It's like I've led five lives," she said — four of them in relative anonymity.

    Movie fans who put on films from American Graffiti to Legally Blonde are still astonished to see her name in the credits on DVD nights across America. Tom Hanks remembered that happening as he was looking to find someone to recreate the dancing of the '60s for That Thing You Do! "'Her name rolled by, and I said I'd be incredibly happy to get them to look like 'The T.A.M.I. Show.' Can we get Toni Basil? We made a phone call and she was there the next day.''

    Some would look at only the pop-star part of Basil's career and see failure, while others would look over her filmography and spell L-U-C-K-Y. But she’s not all about the discography or filmography anyway, as dancers in L.A.'s hip-hop, swing, and salsa clubs sometimes spot her out in public, cutting a rug for its own sake.

    "'You street-dance in a club, and you're performing,'' she said recently. ''Whether anybody sees me is a whole other thing. But it doesn't matter, because it fills my void.''

     
     
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    It is a bit more than we need to know, but it's a fun read.    

    And speaking of ... "Mickey" -- let's go with Mick's news.   

    And speaking of the age of 70, did anyone see the news that Mick Jagger, is set to become a (gulp) great grandfather?    He has a 21-year old granddaughter that is pregnant.

    Seven kids, 2 grandchildren, and now a great-grandchild.   Bet he's a blast as a grandfather.  :)   

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    Gah!!!! F**k Toni Basil and her 100 proof BS, 1-song, disgraceful, cheerleader chant dogshite. Come on!  Are you a feminist*?  Got a mother?  Sister?  Female partner? Daughter?  Female friends?  Do you think that's something for you/them to aspire to?

    She and her ilk are most of the problem and none of the solution to the disintegrating world of rock'n'roll.  Dios mio......

    * - There are 3 types of people in the world:  Misogynists, Feminists, and people that don't understand the meaning of "feminist".

     
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    Gah!!!! F**k Toni Basil and her 100 proof BS, 1-song, disgraceful, cheerleader chant dogshite. Come on!  Are you a feminist*?  Got a mother?  Sister?  Female partner? Daughter?  Female friends?  Do you think that's something for you/them to aspire to?

    She and her ilk are most of the problem and none of the solution to the disintegrating world of rock'n'roll.  Dios mio......

    * - There are 3 types of people in the world:  Misogynists, Feminists, and people that don't understand the meaning of "feminist".

     



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    Gah!!!! F**k Toni Basil and her 100 proof BS, 1-song, disgraceful, cheerleader chant dogshite. Come on!  Are you a feminist*?  Got a mother?  Sister?  Female partner? Daughter?  Female friends?  Do you think that's something for you/them to aspire to?

    She and her ilk are most of the problem and none of the solution to the disintegrating world of rock'n'roll.  Dios mio......

    * - There are 3 types of people in the world:  Misogynists, Feminists, and people that don't understand the meaning of "feminist".

     



    Did you even read the article?  It does not appear that you did.   Additionally, can you ever put anything in context??    

    And sorry to break this to you, Sonics, but most younger women (or girls ...), or men for that matter,  don't give a **** about the meaning of the word feminist.    It has, for whatever reason, a negative connotation for them.   Some co-exist as equals ... some do not.    The more things change, the more they stay the same ... more than many would care to admit.

    What is this business of what females "aspire" to with you anyhow?   Why are you struggling with this?   You seem to mention it on a frequent basis.  Some of us are just trying to have some fun in this life, it doesn't mean we "aspire" to be like anyone -- it's just an escape.     Relax, man.   If the end of the world is near, this isn't causing it.   

     
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    BTW, Sonics, we have had more than a few discussion re: sexism in the music industry.   There hasn't been much of a sea change, has there?   Is that why you're always so frustrated re: this topic?   You're the one in the industry.    

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    I had a feeling this thread was either going nowhere or it would head down a deadend street.

    When there is a fork in the road, I usually need a spoon.

    This thread wasn't meant to have a fork in the road, but our friend sonics took the wrong turn. Not that he is wrong, in principal, just reading too much into a subject that isn't worth getting overly upset about.

    I agree that Toni Basil was a one hit wonder , I agree the song was horrible. I never looked at it from the feminist point of view. I suppose it is....and yet , I find myself hard pressed to really care.

    Someone really liked this song, for whatever reason, I don't know, because it was a staple of MTV's playlist in the early 80s...I know because I sat through it hundreds of times, along with a number of duds that some programming manager must have thought was worthy.

    But, there are many choices out there ( many of them bad, as is proven by most TV shows and popular music of today.

    I have usually found better entertainment when I went down the road less travelled.

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    I see somethings don't change here.

    Hey gang - what's up? Hope all is well and everyone had a great summer.

    Sonic - easy brother - you give yourself a stroke like that.

    Took myself a small vacation, kind of on investigation. Checking out a new sensation, finding much invigoration. Hand is on the buzzer and i'm walking through the door.

    Get high - high - high  on a new thing.

     
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    The reason I started this thread isn't because I'm a fan of the song"Mickey",it was for the OTHER projects she's been a part of.It shows that although she was a one hit wonder for a pretty lame song on it's best day,she possessed other talents that I and perhaps others might find interesting.

    The list of people she's worked with is extensive and with some of the most well known artists of all time,a proverbial "Who's Who" of the entertainment industry.Maybe most people were aware of her working with Elvis,Sinatra,The Monkees and all the others.Or that she had acting roles in "5 Easy Pieces"and "Easy Rider".I wasn't aware of them and found those tidbits to be rather interesting. 

    Her total body of work far exceeds what most people know her as,and that's just a "one -hit wonder"singing "Mickey" in a cheerleaders uniform.

    If anyone doesn't like it,TFB.No one forced you to read the article.

     

     

     

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    The reason I started this thread isn't because I'm a fan of the song"Mickey",it was for the OTHER projects she's been a part of.It shows that although she was a one hit wonder for a pretty lame song on it's best day,she possessed other talents that I and perhaps others might find interesting.

    The list of people she's worked with is extensive and with some of the most well known artists of all time,a proverbial "Who's Who" of the entertainment industry.Maybe most people were aware of her working with Elvis,Sinatra,The Monkees and all the others.Or that she had acting roles in "5 Easy Pieces"and "Easy Rider".I wasn't aware of them and found those tidbits to be rather interesting. 

    Her total body of work far exceeds what most people know her as,and that's just a "one -hit wonder"singing "Mickey" in a cheerleaders uniform.

    If anyone doesn't like it,TFB.No one forced you to read the article.

     "Another day closer to the parade"



    This is the concise reason I asked him if he'd even "read the article"  before going bat****.

    People make assumptions that a "one hit wonder" artist just vanishes into thin air, but the obvious point of the article was that Toni Basil has had a very successful career, including being the only white member of an all-black dance troupe, the Lockers, back when that was probably unheard of.   Anyhow, you can lead a horse to water ... 

    Otherwise, I agree with Zilla (how much can you read into a thread like this?), and everyone else -- unless, of course, the rest of us are idiots and don't know it.   :P

     
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    Gah!!!! F**k Toni Basil and her 100 proof BS, 1-song, disgraceful, cheerleader chant dogshite. Come on!  Are you a feminist*?  Got a mother?  Sister?  Female partner? Daughter?  Female friends?  Do you think that's something for you/them to aspire to?

    She and her ilk are most of the problem and none of the solution to the disintegrating world of rock'n'roll.  Dios mio......

    * - There are 3 types of people in the world:  Misogynists, Feminists, and people that don't understand the meaning of "feminist".

     

     



    Uhhhmmmmm yah, step away from the freon....get some fresh air and have a beer...it's "just" a post....Smile

     



    Yeah, I know.  I truly believe what I wrote, but it was deliberately over-the-top to mock myself.  :-)

     
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    Gah!!!! F**k Toni Basil and her 100 proof BS, 1-song, disgraceful, cheerleader chant dogshite. Come on!  Are you a feminist*?  Got a mother?  Sister?  Female partner? Daughter?  Female friends?  Do you think that's something for you/them to aspire to?

    She and her ilk are most of the problem and none of the solution to the disintegrating world of rock'n'roll.  Dios mio......

    * - There are 3 types of people in the world:  Misogynists, Feminists, and people that don't understand the meaning of "feminist".

     

     



    Did you even read the article?  It does not appear that you did.   Additionally, can you ever put anything in context??    

     

    And sorry to break this to you, Sonics, but most younger women (or girls ...), or men for that matter,  don't give a **** about the meaning of the word feminist.    It has, for whatever reason, a negative connotation for them.   Some co-exist as equals ... some do not.    The more things change, the more they stay the same ... more than many would care to admit.

    What is this business of what females "aspire" to with you anyhow?   Why are you struggling with this?   You seem to mention it on a frequent basis.  Some of us are just trying to have some fun in this life, it doesn't mean we "aspire" to be like anyone -- it's just an escape.     Relax, man.   If the end of the world is near, this isn't causing it.   



    Hi Yoga.  As I just posted, I was deliberately trying to be silly to mock myself and my strong views.....though I stand by my view on the issue.

    I don't struggle with this issue, but it wildly frustrates and upsets me....obviously.  Do some people hate women?  Of course.  Do many people not understand what "Feminism" means? Tragically so.....how could a decent person be opposed to women having equal social, political and economic rights as men?  

    x

     

     
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    The reason I started this thread isn't because I'm a fan of the song"Mickey",it was for the OTHER projects she's been a part of.It shows that although she was a one hit wonder for a pretty lame song on it's best day,she possessed other talents that I and perhaps others might find interesting.

    The list of people she's worked with is extensive and with some of the most well known artists of all time,a proverbial "Who's Who" of the entertainment industry.Maybe most people were aware of her working with Elvis,Sinatra,The Monkees and all the others.Or that she had acting roles in "5 Easy Pieces"and "Easy Rider".I wasn't aware of them and found those tidbits to be rather interesting. 

    Her total body of work far exceeds what most people know her as,and that's just a "one -hit wonder"singing "Mickey" in a cheerleaders uniform.

    If anyone doesn't like it,TFB.No one forced you to read the article.

     "Another day closer to the parade"

     



    This is the concise reason I asked him if he'd even "read the article"  before going bat****.

     

    People make assumptions that a "one hit wonder" artist just vanishes into thin air, but the obvious point of the article was that Toni Basil has had a very successful career, including being the only white member of an all-black dance troupe, the Lockers, back when that was probably unheard of.   Anyhow, you can lead a horse to water ... 

    Otherwise, I agree with Zilla (how much can you read into a thread like this?), and everyone else -- unless, of course, the rest of us are idiots and don't know it.   :P



    BTW, I didn't read the article and wasn't avoiding the question.  By nature I'm a very curious and studious person....but I can't imagine anything about Toni Basil that could possibly interest me.

    Give me a hint of why you think I might enjoy/learn from it and I'll read it and give you proper feedback.

    One Poison Ivy Rorschach, or Kim Deal, or Chrissie Hynde.....and to a lesser extent the awesome, wild brilliance of Texas Terri Bomb......is worth a 1,000 stupid cheerleader mannequins....IMO

     
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    Gah!!!! F**k Toni Basil and her 100 proof BS, 1-song, disgraceful, cheerleader chant dogshite. Come on!  Are you a feminist*?  Got a mother?  Sister?  Female partner? Daughter?  Female friends?  Do you think that's something for you/them to aspire to?

    She and her ilk are most of the problem and none of the solution to the disintegrating world of rock'n'roll.  Dios mio......

    * - There are 3 types of people in the world:  Misogynists, Feminists, and people that don't understand the meaning of "feminist".

     

     

     



    Did you even read the article?  It does not appear that you did.   Additionally, can you ever put anything in context??    

     

     

    And sorry to break this to you, Sonics, but most younger women (or girls ...), or men for that matter,  don't give a **** about the meaning of the word feminist.    It has, for whatever reason, a negative connotation for them.   Some co-exist as equals ... some do not.    The more things change, the more they stay the same ... more than many would care to admit.

    What is this business of what females "aspire" to with you anyhow?   Why are you struggling with this?   You seem to mention it on a frequent basis.  Some of us are just trying to have some fun in this life, it doesn't mean we "aspire" to be like anyone -- it's just an escape.     Relax, man.   If the end of the world is near, this isn't causing it.   

     

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    Hi Yoga.  As I just posted, I was deliberately trying to be silly to mock myself and my strong views.....though I stand by my view on the issue.

     

    I don't struggle with this issue, but it wildly frustrates and upsets me....obviously.  Do some people hate women?  Of course.  Do many people not understand what "Feminism" means? Tragically so.....how could a decent person be opposed to women having equal social, political and economic rights as men?  

    x

     

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    Okay, so the joke's on us, I see.    Wink  Knowing that, it's very funny.   GOOD ONE.

    Recommendation:  Next time, use an emoticon or *something*!   

    RE: the issue.   It is frustrating, and it seems we should be further along on the issues that still surface and rear their ugly heads in society at large.   Many professions still have glass ceilings and women that go into those professions are either willing to put up with those factors, or they are willing and ready to stand up.     So we have to assume that many women are turned off at the prospect of bothering in the first place, to enter certain professions, because they feel it will just be too demoralizing, and they want to *work*, not spend time fighting for their proper status.  

    As far as women in rock music is concerned, there are still precious few of them.  I can say, however, that classical music is far beyond that, and you see many, many women in symphonby orchestras.  I have had two co-workers, both of whom had daughters that studied music at acclaimed music schools, and then at music conservatories, and who are now employed as musicians in established symphony orchestras.   It's encouraging, and does happen for many.   It's also highly competitive, of course, just like getting established as a classical vocalist. 

    But back to the issue ...

    There is always the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, that so many of us know:

    "No one can make you feel inferior, without your consent."     

    (If only it were as easy as it sounds.)  

     
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    BTW, I didn't read the article and wasn't avoiding the question.  By nature I'm a very curious and studious person....but I can't imagine anything about Toni Basil that could possibly interest me.

    Give me a hint of why you think I might enjoy/learn from it and I'll read it and give you proper feedback.

    One Poison Ivy Rorschach, or Kim Deal, or Chrissie Hynde.....and to a lesser extent the awesome, wild brilliance of Texas Terri Bomb......is worth a 1,000 stupid cheerleader mannequins....IMO



    The board is at times, quiet, so if an article such as this appears, I'll scan it, mostly for fun.   

    What I got out of reading it, and what made me glad I did, was simply learning that there's more to life for someone who had a "one hit wonder" and that this person, in particular, was actually a very resourceful woman, at a time when it required quite a bit of sweat and tears to gain visibility, and have a career in the entertainment arena.   Also, dance and cheerleading have more in common than you may realize and cheerleaders are highly skilled dancers and athletes.    It's not a deep article ... I read it for fun.   And fun it was.   As I said above, here's a white woman who was in an all-black dance troupe back in the day,  who had street creds galore, who worked with some of rock's legends, and who, at 70, deserves (perhaps) her props.  That's really all there is to it. =)    

    PS  Her one hit, is okay by me, too.

     
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    Re: Some facts about Toni Basil that you might not know (or care about)

    Let's do a "One Hit Wonder" thread about Norman Greenbaum who had one hit, but it was a really great song.

    Or how about the Ides Of March and 'Vehicle'...perhaps my favorite one hit wonder song ever?

    But so many of my favorite artists are "no hit wonders", such as PIL (Public Image Limited , for those who are unfamiliar the group Johnny "Rotten" Lydon formed after The Sex Pistols died). Recommended listening the LP '9' (the first 3 tracks are as good as any first 3 tracks on any album by anybody). I once started a Johnny Lydon thread and sadly it got less response than this Toni Basil thread.

    "The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you are still a rat."- Lily Tomlin

     
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    Re: Some facts about Toni Basil that you might not know (or care about)

    In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:

    Let's do a "One Hit Wonder" thread about Norman Greenbaum who had one hit, but it was a really great song.

    Or how about the Ides Of March and 'Vehicle'...perhaps my favorite one hit wonder song ever?

    But so many of my favorite artists are "no hit wonders", such as PIL (Public Image Limited , for those who are unfamiliar the group Johnny "Rotten" Lydon formed after The Sex Pistols died). Recommended listening the LP '9' (the first 3 tracks are as good as any first 3 tracks on any album by anybody). I once started a Johnny Lydon thread and sadly it got less response than this Toni Basil thread.

    "The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you are still a rat."- Lily Tomlin



    "Metal Box" is among the great LPs of all time, IMO.  Re "no hits"....wasn't "Love Song" pretty successful?

     
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