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Men Without Hats

Men Without Hats is a Canadian new wave rock and synthpop group from Montreal, Quebec, Canada that formed in 1977, achieving their most popularity in the 80s. Best known for their international top 40 hits “The Safety Dance” and “Pop Goes the World”, they’re characterized by the deep, expressive vocals of their lead singer Ivan and their elaborate use of synthesizers and electronic processing. Men Without Hats were always, at the core, Ivan Doroschuk (who also has released solo work as Ivan) and his brother Stefan Doroschuk joining up with various other members, which have included a third brother, Colin Doroschuk, as well as Jeremy Arrobas, Tracy Howe, Roman Martyn, and Allan McCarthy.

They emerged in the early 80s with an EP called ‘Folk of The 80s’, a work released in 1980 that showed the Doroschuk family’s interest in the electronic sounds of the progressive rock scene. After picking up some local success, the group erupted onto the international scene a couple of years later with their hit single “The Safety Dance”. Parent album ‘Rhythm of Youth’ did very well, reaching all the way to the #13 slot on the Billboard 200 chart. Touring showed that they had captured their own distinctive audience.

Still, the band faced a tough time living up the expectations put upon them by the success of “The Safety Dance”, which had a popular music video and hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson played flute on the song "On Tuesday" on Pop Goes the World.
The dwarf in the music video "The Safety Dance" is actor Mike Edmonds (Return of the Jedi, Time Bandits, Flash Gordon).
In an episode of US comedy Scrubs, Turk sings 5 lines from "The Safety Dance" while discussing the problems of parenthood with his wife, Carla. In this case they are referring to their son wanting to dance instead of playing football with his friends.
In an episode of US Comedy South Park, Butters dances to part of the song.
In an episode of The Simpsons, Homer sings Safety Dance and uses a Mondegreened version of the chorus: "Everybody look at your pants!" In another episode, Safety Dance is played on the radio, and they are referred to by the KBBL broadcasters as "Men without Jobs."
In an episode of Family Guy, Brian makes fun of the band by referring to them as "Men Without Jobs."
In Futurestock , an episode of Futurama Fry meets another guy from his own time, and they discuss Safety Dance. Fry doesn't think that the dance is safe at all, while the other guy keeps imitating the keyboard part throughout the episode.
In Bio-Dome, the Safety Dance video is in part recreated by the cast of the movie, complete with the dancing midget.
On an episode of Late Night with Conan O' Brian, a skit was portrayed where the lead singer of the group was placed in everyday situations, such as his wife asking if he wanted french toast for breakfast, and he sang back "We can have french toast if you want to" and so on.

80's Hits

Pop Goes the World
Safety Dance

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