Word of Mouth is the debut studio album by Toni Basil. It was first released in 1981 in the UK. It was certified Gold by RIAA. It featured the number-one worldwide hit "Mickey". The album also contains three covers of songs by the band Devo who also performed on the songs. The song "You Gotta Problem" is actually a retitled version of Devo's "Pity You". The US version of the album added the songs "Rock On" and "Shoppin' from A to Z", and removed "Hanging Around".

Word of Mouth
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Studio album by
Released22 May 1981 (UK)
April 1982 (US)
Recorded1981
GenrePop, new wave
Length39:28
LabelChrysalis (US)
Radial Choice (UK)
ProducerGreg Mathieson, Trevor Veitch
Toni Basil chronology
Word of Mouth
(1981)
Toni Basil
(1983)
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 to Z"
    Released: 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Chart performanceEdit

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 number 22 but receiving a Gold certification. However, the following singles ("Nobody" in the UK and "Shoppin' from A to Z" in the US) both underperformed, which cut the album's success short. It also reached number 27 on the New Zealand albums chart.

Track listingEdit

US LPEdit

  1. "Mickey" (Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn) – 4:12
  2. "Rock On" (David Essex) – 4:04
  3. "Shoppin' from A to Z" (Allee Willis, Bruce Roberts, Toni Basil) – 4:08
  4. "You Gotta Problem" (Mark Mothersbaugh) – 4:34
  5. "Be Stiff" (Gerald Casale, Bob Lewis) – 3:22
  6. "Nobody" (Paul Delph) – 4:00
  7. "Little Red Book" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 4:04
  8. "Space Girls" (Casale) – 2:56
  9. "Thief on the Loose" (Basil, Greg Mathieson) – 3:50
  10. "Time After Time" (Nick Gilder, James McCullough) – 4:18

UK LPEdit

  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

International cassetteEdit

  1. "Mickey"
  2. "Nobody"
  3. "Hangin' Around"
  4. "Thief on the Loose"
  5. "Little Red Book"
  6. "Time After Time"
  7. "Be Stiff"
  8. "Space Girls"
  9. "You Gotta Problem"

PersonnelEdit

ProductionEdit

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

ChartsEdit

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[2] 43
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[3] 27
UK Albums (OCC)[4] 15
US Billboard 200[5] 22

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ allmusic review
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 27. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ "Charts.nz – Toni Basil – Word of Mouth". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Toni Basil Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 1, 2019.