HANS WORST HITS OF THE 80’S — THE SAFETY DANCE’- MEN WITHOUT HATS

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Hans Worst Hits of the 80’s- The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats. A number of years ago I asked a friend of mine who is a big music listener [but tends to like somewhat bad music- in my music snob opinion}- what his favorite song ever was- and he answered immediately “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats. What!?? I laughed out loud on that and then he felt he had to defend his choice. How do you really defend that though? This is an awful song- by a crappy group. This song was written by Men Without Talent- I mean Hats- front man Ivan Doroschuk after he got kicked out of a club for pogo dancing. The song was written as a protest song against bouncers throwing out pogo dancers from new wave clubs. Some people thought the song was a call for ‘safe sex.” Some thought it was an anti-nuclear song.  I thought it was a call to change the radio dial. The song was a slow climber- it took a couple of months in 1983 for the song to reach the charts- but it did- and eventually went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Men Without Hats- a Canadian import- had one other American hit Pop Goes The World- #20 in 1987- which is better than The Safety Dance- but hardly a classic.

16 responses to “HANS WORST HITS OF THE 80’S — THE SAFETY DANCE’- MEN WITHOUT HATS

  1. This one would be right behind/beside Every Rose has its… I can’t even type it…and nudging it for worst of the 80s… not to mention the video

  2. What the?! No way! More like, best hits of the 80s! As for the video, I went to an 80s night recently that played the videos along with the songs and I’d say about 95% of the videos were just as bad as this. Haha. I don’t know what we were thinking.

    • i agree when he replied with that answer i couldn’t believe it- of all the possible choices. a lot of them i could accept easily i never thought The Safety Dance?

  3. “The song was written as a protest song against bouncers throwing out pogo dancers from new wave clubs.”
    Pogo dancers unite! Lol !!!

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