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Men Without Hats

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1977 – 1993, 2010 – present)

Men Without Hats is a Canadian and group from Montreal, Quebec, Canada that formed in 1977, achieving their most popularity in the . 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 with an EP called ‘Folk of The 80s’, a work released in 1980 that showed the Doroschuk family’s interest in the sounds of the 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.

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  • Nochek

    Thanks.

    9 Nov 3:44pm Reply
  • ThisDominon

    The new album is amazing!

    1 Jul 6:25am Reply
  • TheeDr

    "The Safety Dance" was my *shit* when it first came out.

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Sanguine9991

    Yeah I find it humorous that you can see the disparity in listens with The Safety Dance on one side and everything else on the other. Listen to some of their other songs! They're more than a "one hit wonder"!

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Antonionii

    One of the most underrated bands of the new wave era, Rhythm of Youth and Folk of the 80's are simply outstanding.

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • promisedeyes

    Yet another so-called 'one hit wonder' group with lots of other but still fantastic tunes

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Lubricio

    The new album is great! See them in a few hours :)

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • manoel_carneiro

    I think im in love with some i never lived.

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Hawk18727

    Most offensive name ever.

    29 Dec 2012 Reply
  • SoulShock

    Brilliance.

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • thiego23k

    D I N O S A U R J R O F N E W W A V E

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ThisDominon

    Wow, new album just got switched on and... wow..

    2 Oct 2012 Reply
  • tjd9

    I have loved this band since 1988.

    4 Sep 2012 Reply
  • fatalportrait99

    The new album might be the best they've ever done

    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • myblackdiamond

    The saftey dance , one of my favorit!!!

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Akatian

    New album is surprisingly enjoyable. Head Above Water, This War and Live and Learn are favorites so far.

    30 Jun 2012 Reply
  • sebreflex

    New album sounds gooood!!!

    28 Jun 2012 Reply
  • acey_nl

    New album sounds similar to electric six

    18 Jun 2012 Reply
  • PurplePostRock

    Cause your friends don't dance, and if they don't dance, then they're no friends of MINE!~ ♥ The Safety Dance

    13 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ericorbit

    saw these guys open for Human League last year and they were awesome. now this new album is fantastic. i never thought i'd be saying this in 2012.

    4 Jun 2012 Reply
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