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The Silver Collection

Men Without Hats

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Album Review

Men Without Hats were one of Canada's best — and quirkiest — new wave bands. Under the guidance of mysterious frontman Ivan and his brother Stefan Doroschuk, the Hats delivered some of the best synth pop of the early '80s. And much of that is on display in this collection — the hits from their Folk of the '80s EP, their smash Rhythm of Youth album and their enigmatic Folk of the '80s, Pt. 3 record. This includes unforgettable songs like "Living in China," "I Got the Message," "Antarctica," "I Like," "Ban the Game," and "Where Do the Boys Go?" This is a career retrospective, so it also features later hits, such as "Pop Goes the World," "Freeways," and a cover of Bryan Ferry's "Editions of You." Though the original albums are well worth seeking out to hear in their entirety, this is a strong collection, definitely weighted towards the beginning of the Hats' career, when they were at their most powerful and profound. Don't let "The Safety Dance" fool you — Ivan was writing about some pretty heavy stuff a lot of the time and the nifty little new wave dance nuggets in which he encapsulated his weighty lyrics just made the band's subversion all the more eloquent. This is the next best thing to the original albums. A formidable collection.

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The Safety Dance (Extended Version)

I really like the extended version better. It's got the spell out S-A-F-E-T-Y twice that the original version doesn't have any plus more of the keyboard beeps on this one. Love it! So 80's nostalgia as one of the best songs imo particularly the extended version.

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cmon there a classic band awsome ill buy oooops spelles awesome wrong the first time

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Love The Safety Dance!!!!

Biography

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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