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The massively tongue-in-cheek vibe of “The Safety Dance” doesn’t diminish its pinging infectiousness, and the rest of Men Without Hats’ 1982 debut balances the band’s silly and catchy sides just as well. Rhythm of Youth is a feast of cascading synth melodies, while Ivan Doroschuk’s vocals are versatile enough to evoke an opera singer one moment and a cartoon character the next. Between the sly cultural warfare of “Living in China” and the French bent of “Cocoricci (Le Tango des Voleurs),” eccentricity abounds.

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Oh ITunes...

I don't know what's worse: that My Alerts again failed me by not letting me know that you can finally get the full albums from Men Without Hats, or that the Listeners Also Bought section starts with Journey's Greatest Hits and The Essential Toto. (Gee thanks for the suggestions that I will NEVER pursue).

But $6.99 is a great deal! For the first and second albums from a band that I will go to the grave defending as NOT A ONE-HIT WONDER.


My parents had this record when I was little, and it's still one of my favorites!


Formed: 1980 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The new wave synth pop collective Men Without Hats were formed in 1980 by brothers Ivan and Stefan Doroschuk. Ivan was the leader of the group, writing the majority of the songs and providing the lead vocals; Stefan was the guitarist; and other members changed frequently throughout the course of the group's career. They independently released their debut EP, Folk of the '80s, in 1980; it was reissued the following year by Stiff in Britain. During 1982, the band consisted of Ivan, Stefan, another...
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