Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Musical Interlude: The Safety Dance (1983)

You couldn't escape Men Without Hats' debut hit in 1983, as it was in heavy airplay on MTV. "The Safety Dance" had a bizarre setting, leading to a medevial fair, from the looks of things. The band would score one more big hit, "Pop Goes The World" a few years later, and that was it. "Safety" was covered by Crazy Frog just a few years ago, but lacked the punch of the original.


magicdog said...

I have a soft spot for this song.

The video was different than what was on MTV at the time so it worked for me.

I've noticed this song gets used when people want to make fun of the 80s. I remember an ep of "The 70s Show" in which Eric Foreman has a dream in the classic style of "It's a Wonderful Life". When he gets transported to 1982-83, he hears this song and is horrified!

Apparently the writers were trying to tell us 80s kids that we had no taste in music! Of course the fact that the writers probably were too young to remember the times was a factor.

"Pop Goes the World" was fun too! A local radio station used to play a spoof of it called , "Pop Goes To Work" - which was pretty cute!

Watever happened to MWH anyway?

hobbyfan said...

I think they broke up. I haven't read anything of them being on a nostalgia tour or anything, so....!