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One Hit Wonders - MEN WITHOUT HATS (1983)
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"The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats - 

Though music fans have often interpreted the song as a metaphor for nuclear war or a call for safe sex, Men Without Hats guitarist Stefan Doroschuk said in an online interview that "The Safety Dance" is about non-conformism and everyone's ability to leave their friends behind and strike out on their own. His brother Ivan, who was Men Without Hats' lead singer, claimed on VH1's show True Spin that the specific inspiration was bouncers hassling people in bars who would "Pogo" dance to the New Wave songs of the early '80s. Said Ivan: "I was telling people it's OK, you can slam dance if you want to." Ivan explained that he considered Men Without Hats a Punk band, and they were very antiauthority.
 
The music video took place in the renaissance period, with lead singer Ivan Doroshuck traveling around a village orchestrating a Morris Dance, which is a kind of English Folk dance.
 
The actor Mike Edmonds plays the dwarf in the video. Edmonds has appeared in several films including Return of the Jedi, Time Bandits, Flash Gordon, Dark Crystal and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
 
This song was used in the Playstation 2 game Activision Anthology

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=7533

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1983 - Year End Charts

1 Police Every Breath You Take
2 Michael Jackson Billie Jean
3 Irene Cara Flashdance... What A Feeling
4 Men At Work Down Under
5 Michael Jackson Beat It
6 Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse Of The Heart
7 Daryl Hall and John Oates Maneater
8 Patti Austin and James Ingram Baby Come To Me
9 Michael Sembello Maniac
10 Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

35 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance

| Closed on 07/06/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
7 Fans 
0%a. 10 (Great Song)
29%b. 7-9 (Good song_
29%c. 5-6 (Ok Song)
14%d. Who? What? Huh?
29%e. THIS SONG SUCKS!

  
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#1 | 451 days ago
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This song came out during my Freshman Yr of HS........Everyone loved this song back then.  Now, when I hear it, I don't care for it.

We always thought this song was about Safe Sex and not about actually being able to dance any way you'd like as stated in the Songfacts above.


We can dance if we want to
We can leave your friends behind
'Cause your friends don't dance and if they don't dance
Well they're, no friends of mine

Say, we can go where we want to
A place where they will never find
And we can act like we come from out of this world
Leave the real one far behind

And we can dance, "dansez"

We can go when we want to
Night is young and so am I
And we can dress real neat from our hats to our feet
And surprise them with a victory cry

Say, we can act if we want to
If we don't nobody will
And you can act real rude and totally removed
And I can act like an imbecile

And say

We can dance, we can dance
Everything's out of control
We can dance, we can dance
We're doing it from pole to pole

We can dance, we can dance
Everybody look at your hands
We can dance, we can dance
Everybody's taking the chance

its a Safety dance
Oh well its safe to dance
Yes it safe to dance

We can dance if we want to
We've got all your life and mine
As long as we abuse it, never going to lose it
Everything will work out right

I say, We can dance if we want to
We can leave your friends behind
'Cause your friends don't dance, and if they don't dance
Well they're no friends of mine

I say, we can dance, we can dance
Everything's out of control
We can dance, we can dance
We're doing it from pole to pole

We can dance, we can dance
Everybody look at your hands
We can dance, we can dance
Everybody's taking the chance

Well it's safe to dance
Yes it's safe to dance
Well it's safe to dance
Well it's safe to dance
Yes it's safe to dance
Well it's safe to dance
Well it's safe to dance

It's a Safety Dance
Well it's a Safety Dance
Oh it's a Safety Dance
Oh it's a Safety Dance
Well it's a Safety Dance
 
5-6 (Ok Song)  
#2 | 450 days ago

Everybody danced to this song back in the day... I doubt they would now ...
7-9 (Good song_  
#3 | 450 days ago

I kinda liked it....Summer of 83 was when I started dating my wife....and this song, Maniac, She's A Beauty, Cuts Like a Knife, Every Breath You Take bring me back to that time.
7-9 (Good song_  

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