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REPOST: The Safety Dance, by Men Without Hats: a Song review

General Information:

-Album Title: Rhythm of Youth

-Artist: Men Without Hats

-Release Year: 1982/1983

-Song Length: 2:44 (extended version: 4:38)

-Genre: Soundtrack, New Wave, Synth-Pop

-How to Listen: Spotify (linked below), Apple Music, Pandora, iHeart Radio, or look for the album at your local library!

-Page of Reference in RPO: 180

Lyrics:

S-A-F-E-T-Y
Safety-dance!

Ah 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 say, we can go where we want to, a place where they will never find
And we can act like we come from out of this world
Leave the real one far behind,
And we can dance

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 say, we can go where we want to a place where they will never find
And we can act like we come from out of this world
Leave the real one far behind
And we can dance.

Ah we can go when we want to the night is young and so am i
And we can dress real neat from our hats to our feet
And surprise ’em with the victory cry

I say we can act if want to if we don’t nobody will
And you can act real rude and totally removed
And I can act like an imbecile

I say we can dance, we can dance everything out control
We can dance, we can dance we’re doing it wall to wall
We can dance, we can dance everybody look at your hands
We can dance, we can dance everybody takin’ the chance

Safety dance
Oh well the safety dance
Ah yes the safety dance

S-A-F-E-T-Y
Safety-dance

We can dance if we want to, we’ve got all your life and mine
As long as we abuse it, never gonna lose it
Everything’ll work out right
I say, 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 say we can dance, we can dance everything out of control
We can dance, we can dance we’re doing it wall to wall
We can dance, we can dance everybody look at your hands
We can dance, we can dance everybody’s takin’ the chance

Oh well the safety dance
Ah yes the safety dance
Oh well the safety dance
Oh well the safety dance
Oh yes the safety dance
Oh the safety dance yeah
Oh it’s the safety dance

It’s the safety dance
Well it’s the safety dance
Oh it’s the safety dance
Oh it’s the safety dance
Oh it’s the safety dance
Oh it’s the safety dance

Review:

This song is something else.

I’ve listened to it throughout my life because my dad was a DJ (in another lifetime).  He always played awesome music around the house.  And I go through phases where all I listen to is insane gems like this one.

And while the song is fun and silly and is really great to dance to it is the music video that is a blast.

So honestly maybe this is more a review of the vintage fantastic-ness that is the idea of a pop song that really doesn’t make much sense lyrics wise (I mean “everyone look at your hands”…really?) set in what I can only guess is a Renaissance Faire in the 1980s.  Which is just fabulous on its own but come on.

A “heroically” dressed guy in a mix of 1980s fashion and really poorly researched Renaissance fashion is partnered with a little person in a full jesters outfit are joined by a girl in a horrid facsimile of peasant wear walking through an old city in Europe(???) and eventually stumble on a parade of people that all go and join up to create some sort of revelry in a renaissance faire -esque setting.

All while singing about how they “can” dance.  And dancing to a ridiculous dance that makes absolutely no sense.

Its just perfection. And the song is the kind of catchy that you get stuck in your head.

Ok…and I just went and looked some things up about it because why not when you are listening to the thing on repeat to get a good feel for the song overall….

And apparently it was written in protest against the bouncers who were tossing people out who were doing the New Wave dances like pogoing (which is a dance that is done by keeping the upper body stiff and jumping or moving around like that).  I guess it was deemed dangerous to other club goers, particularly the disco dancers. 

Which mean it just earned another half point in my book.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

(only because the music video is so absolutely ridiculous that its just vintage perfection at this point! And it’s a protest song…so there…)

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