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Word Of Mouth [Vinyl] Toni Basil ...Chrysalis CHR 1410 1980s pressing
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By Bradley Jacobson on April 11, 2007
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Here we have one of the most overlooked albums in not only new wave but in the 80's in general; dubbed the ultimate one hit wonder Toni Basil is in the Smithsonian for crying out loud because "Mickey" was such a huge hit and then there was nothing else from this super duper choreographer gone new wave pop princess. Of all the songs on Word Of Mouth, "Mickey" is probably actually one of the more lackluster tunes, perhaps only because it's played to death even in 2007; I mean it is a great song and when you listen to the album in full you start tapping and chanting along with Toni and her girls but the other songs found on this album is what really makes it a premiere footnote in the new wave world of the early 80's. Incorporating members of Devo as band members, Toni used her high chirped hiccup vocals to good use on hilarious, endearing and best of all hugely fun songs. The album was released in two different versions, first as a 9 song album in the UK and then a few months later with a different track list and a few new songs it was released in the US. The UK version had a much more interesting track listing opening with "Nobody" was a single even hitting a notch in the UK, and it's one of my favorites on the album, "I don't want nobody/ I don't want no one", refraining from just the obvious of wanting to be alone, the verses of the song actually talk about body functions and you realize the whole double meaning found in the lyrics, "Hanging Around" was released only on the original UK version of the album but it's high energy fun, then onto my two favorites of Word Of Mouth - a rocking pop track called "Theif On The Loose" which changes melody a few times and is mostly just a cut up Benatarish sung doozy - "you better stop that man/cuz he's walking away with my heart in his hand..Read more ›
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