Men Without Hats - Did You Know?

Men Without Hats - Did You Know?May 1, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about Canadian new wave/synthpop group, Men Without Hats.




Men Without Hats are a Canadian new wave/synthpop group that was formed in Montreal, Quebec in 1977. The music of the band is characterized by the distinctive baritone voice of their American-born Canadian lead singer Ivan Doroschuk, as well as their elaborate use of synthesizers and electronic processing.

Men Without Hats achieved great popularity during the 1980s with their hit song "The Safety Dance", a worldwide Top 10 hit and No.3 in the US and the song "Pop Goes the World".

Though music fans have often interpreted the song "The Safety Dance" as a metaphor for nuclear war or a call for safe sex, the song is actually about nonconformism and everyone's ability to leave their friends behind and strike out on their own.

The specific inspiration for the song was bouncers hassling people in bars who would "pogo" dance to the new wave songs of the early '80s.

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