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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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Great album. Every song on the album is great.


The Safety Dance song is a timeless classic. One of the greatest songs of all time!

Better than expected

I, along with every other MTV influenced kid, bought this soley based on their single hit, but quickly found there were hidden gems on this album. I don`t think I even played the Safety Dance again after hearing The Great Ones Remember and Antartica. This band was overshadowed by their corny video, which is a shame as this really is a great record.


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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