Monday, July 12, 2010

The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats

"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 are no friends of mine."

I have to say, this is just one of the coolest songs every written. And after discussing it last night at the bar with some friends, I just had to add it here for you to listen to.

"The Safety Dance" is a fantastic new wave song released by Men Without Hats in March of 1982. It reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and number 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart.

The song's writer has explained that "The Safety Dance" is a protest against bouncers stopping dancers pogoing to 1980s New Wave music in clubs when Disco was dying and New Wave was up and coming. New Wave dancing, especially pogoing, was different from Disco dancing, because it was done individually instead of with partners and involved holding the torso rigid and thrashing about. To uninformed bystanders this could look dangerous, especially if pogoers accidentally bounced into one another.

So, kids, it's safe to dance. Check out the medieval music video below, and enjoy the song!

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