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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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