Song 22 Men Without Hats

Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance, 1983

'...Cause your friends don't dance and if they don't dance, then they're not no friends of mine!' - Men Without Hats

'Well, what do you expect? They're Canadian.' - South Park Movie

It's difficult to isolate the most embarrassing aspect of this post for me. Is it because I bought Rhythm of Youth in 1983 and loved it, without any irony or distance? Was it the expression of amazement and distaste on my dad's face as he watched the 45 of 'Safety Dance' revolving on my record player? Is it the fact that I still find Ivan attractive in that outfit, in a D&D kind of way? Perhaps it's because for years I thought the daft peasant girl popping onto the screen with her exclamation of 'Danser!' was really saying, 'Don't say!' No. I'm most hideously ashamed for this reason: I still like this song. Apparently Ivan wrote 'Safety Dance' after being thrown out of a club for his extreme New Wave dancing, though the brief shots of nuclear missiles at the end are not an explicit reaction to this. Today, I'm watching this merry medieval scene and all I can think of is - Wicker Man. Stay out of the burning man, kids! Stay safe and dance!

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