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Toni Basil: Word of Mouth (1982)

Unrated | | Short, Music | Video
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Basil ... Herself
Craig Allen Rothwell Craig Allen Rothwell ... Dancer (as Spazz Attack)
Poppin' Pete Poppin' Pete ... Dancer
Creepin' Sid Creepin' Sid ... Dancer
Robot Dane Robot Dane ... Dancer
Fluky Luke Fluky Luke ... Dancer
Puppet Boozer Puppet Boozer ... Dancer
Tinker Tinker ... Dancer
Larry McTwig Larry McTwig ... Dancer
Scally Scally ... Dancer
David Hutchinson David Hutchinson ... Dancer
David Stores David Stores ... Dancer
Bill Landrum Bill Landrum ... Dancer
Pallas Sluyter Pallas Sluyter ... Dancer (as Pallas Haya Sluyter)
Jean Marie Jean Marie ... Dancer
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Short | Music

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USA

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English

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Craig Allen Rothwell (aka Spaz Attack) appears as the demon alien in the video for the song "Space Girls". See more »

Soundtracks

You Gotta Problem
Written by Mark Mothersbaugh
Performed by Toni Basil
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A Golden Nugget!
11 August 2004 | by marcopirroSee all my reviews

I still have an original recording of 'Word Of Mouth' by Toni Basil which was made during its original broadcast in 1982. Toni was way ahead of her time in adapting traditional and street dance styles into unique and vibrant choreographed pieces. 'Word of Mouth' was made at a time when, amongst others, MTV had begun to popularise the pop video by catapulting the medium into a more style and image dominated art form and this 30 minute 'video LP' is one of the crowning achievements of pop video production from the early eighties. Toni combined classical music with traditional street dance by mixing a Swan Lake extract with a street dance sequence performed by Black Dance Troupe 'The Lockers' something which had never been seen before. 'Word Of Mouth' also featured Body Bopping as a dance style two years before it became mainstream, Vogueing (Striking Poses) eight years before Madonna featured it in one of her videos and demonstrates the traditional Irish dance style that went on to become a worldwide sensation in 'Riverdance' Twelve years later. It is very easy to watch this video and forget that you are watching something that was made over 22 years ago.Outstanding!


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