Toni Basil - Word of Mouth

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Toni Basil - Word of Mouth
Studio album by Toni Basil (U.S. cover not for sale)
Released 22 May 1981 (U.K.)
April 1982 (U.S.)
Recorded 1981
Genre Pop, new wave, synth'pop
Length 39:28
Label Chrysalis (U.S.)
Radial Choice (U.K.)
Producer Greg Mathieson, Trevor Veitch
Toni Basil chronology
  Word of Mouth
Toni Basil
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-Z"
    Released: 1983
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Allmusic 3.5/5 stars


  "Word of Mouth" is Toni Basil's debut album. 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.


Track listing



  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



  • Drums: Rick Parnell, Alan Myers, Ed Greene, Mike Baird
  • Bass: Doug Lunn, Gerald Casale (credited as Jerry Casale)
  • Synthesizers: Greg Mathieson, Michael Boddicker, Mark Mothersbough, Paul Delph
  • Guitars: Bob Mothersbaugh, John Goodsall, Robert Casale (credited as Bob Casale), Richie Vito, Trevor Veitch
  • Violin: Richard Greene
  • Synthesizer programming: Dan Wyman
  • Additional vocals: Allee Willis, Bruce Roberts, Bob Esty
  • Vocoder: Ed Greene


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


Chart performance

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




Toni Basil - Word of Mouth

UK Radialchoice BASIL 1 (1981).

Album produced by Greg Mathieson and Trevor Veitch.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

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