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Toni Basil was pushing 40 when she dressed memorably as a teenage cheerleader, yet she pulled it off stylishly and created an image and track that will remain a pop classic forever.

Her career as a dancer and choreographer had started as a cheerleader at high school and, among other achievements, she conceived the moves for David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs Tour in 1974. Singing had been an occasional hobby until she heard a track by Brit bubblegum band Racey called Kitty and recognised the inherent cheerleading potential contained within.

Changing the title to Mickey, she kept the basis of the song but threw in a chant that allowed full exploitation of the pom-pom art, and “oh Mickey, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind, hey Mickey!” became one of the pop soundbites of 1982, when it peaked at No.2 in the UK. It ended up as the 21st bestselling single of the year and was awarded a gold disc.

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Issue 50 of Classic Pop is on sale now! For our 50th issue, we had to come up with something very special – and we certainly have… our cover stars this month are The Specials, hot on the heels of the release of their superb chart-topping album, Encore. Our must-read interview with the band delves into their remarkable comeback and the story behind their superb new record. We also catch up with the iconic Gloria Estefan who tells us how she brought Latin grooves to the world and Bonnie Tyler talks us through her new studio album, which features a hotly-anticipated duet with Sir Rod Stewart. 30 years on, we celebrate New Order’s Technique in our latest Classic Album feature and we also serve up a buyer’s guide to the blue-eyed soul of Simply Red. As Wet Wet Wet face the future without Marti Pellow, we meet the band as they embark on a fresh chapter with new frontman, The Voice winner Kevin Simm. Our packed new album reviews section features the wonderful return of Chaka Khan plus Dido, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Paul Weller. On the reissues front, we check out a must-have 10-CD Heaven 17 boxset plus re-releases from David Bowie, Sparks, Erasure and more. In our live reviews section, we elbow our way down to the front for Gary Numan and Echo & The Bunnymen at the Rockaway Beach Festival plus gigs by Chrvches and The Christians. Enjoy the issue!