Safety Dance (4:31)

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“The Safety Dance” was the best-selling single by the 1980s Canadian New Wave band Men Without Hats, written by Jeremie Arrobas. Released in the United States on March 16, 1982 and in the United Kingdom in September 1983, the song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart[1] and number one on Cash Box, as well as number one on the Billboard Dance Chart. It appeared on the album Rhythm of Youth. In the United Kingdom the song also proved successful, reaching number six. It was actually released three times before sparking an interest on radio play. The song is the only major international hit for the group. Their follow-up album, Folk of the 80’s (Part III), reached no higher than #127 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart.

The music video for the song is notable for its medieval imagery, although some of the clothing is anachronistic. It was filmed in the village of West Kington, near Bath, in south-west England. Ivan Doroschuk is the only member of the band to actually perform in the video. The Morris Dance side performing in the video was Chippenham Town Morris from Wiltshire. The dwarf actor Mike Edmonds wears a t-shirt that says “RHYTHMYOUTH”.


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