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Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance (Extended Club Mix) (Europe 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on September 21st, 2016



“The Safety Dance” is a song by Canadian new wave band Men Without Hats, released in Canada in 1983 as the second single from Rhythm of Youth. The song was written by lead singer Ivan Doroschuk after he had been kicked out of a club for pogoing.

The song entered the Canadian top 50 in February 1983, peaking at no. 11 on 14 May. In the meantime, “The Safety Dance” was released in the US on March 16, but did not enter the US charts for a few months. When it finally did, the record became a bigger hit than it had been in Canada, peaking at no. 3 in September 1983. It also reached no. 1 on Cash Box, as well as no. 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart. “The Safety Dance” similarly found success in other parts of the world, entering the UK charts in August and peaking at no. 6 in early November, and entering the New Zealand charts in November, eventually peaking at no. 2 in early 1984.

The writer/lead singer, Ivan Doroschuk, 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 (the more deliberately violent evolution of pogoing is slamdancing). The bouncers did not like pogoing so they would tell pogoers to stop or be kicked out of the club. Thus, the song is a protest and a call for freedom of expression.

Doroschuk responded to two common interpretations of the song. Firstly, he notes it is not a call for safe sex. Doroschuk says that is reading too much into the lyrics. Secondly, he explained that it is not an anti-nuclear protest song per se despite the nuclear imagery at the end of the video. Doroschuk stated that “it wasn’t a question of just being anti-nuclear, it was a question of being anti-establishment.”

The Safety Dance (Extended Club Mix) 4:34

I Got The Message 4:45
Antarctica 3:29

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1982 The Safety Dance U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #3
1982 The Safety Dance U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #21
1982 The Safety Dance U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #1


Label: Statik Records ‎– 600 881, Virgin ‎– 600 881
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: Europe
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

Design [Graphics] – B.Wear (at A.S.)*
Producer – Marc Durand
Written-By – Ivan*

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17 Responses to “Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance (Extended Club Mix) (Europe 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    This week has been so cool so far Paul in that it really is a playlist from way-back-when. Gosh, I had no idea what the song was about. I never read too much into its lyrics and all. Totally makes sense now (I feel quite silly/stupid). The song means a lot to me because I had the 12-inch before it started to hit the pop airwaves at the time. It was also when I started to subscribing to a magazine called “Dance Music Report” a tip-sheet for Disc Jockeys and Industry Types. It was my “Bible for Dance Music.” Through the magazine I found out about all the latest releases and what was happening with the dance music industry and culture. Gosh, I miss this magazine. Unfortunately I don’t have any of the issues as I had to make room for all the other stuff I had. Well, anyway, the first issue that I received through the mail had the band Men Without Hats on the cover. How you take me back with so much pleasure and care for the sonic integrity of these 12-inches Paul. Truth be told, I don’t think I’ve ever heard these past few days records sounding as great as they do when you apply your magic on them. You have talent that’s gangbusters DjPaulT. I’m always and completely ASTOUNDED!!!

    Drooling (once again!!),



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Don’t feel bad Jeff I didn’t know the whole story behind the song either until I was researching it for this post. I wish you still had those magazines it would be fun to look back at them now. 🙂


  2. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul. I also liked the UK remix which clocked in at 5:21min.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah that was a pretty good 1993 update 🙂


  3. risildowgtn Says:

    they used 2 play this @ school discos hahahah and yup we danced to it
    o the shame of it all hahahahahhaha


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I totally understand I dance to it a few times myself 🙂


  4. Love Says:

    Thx for reminding me of one of the first 12-inches I bought. I have never grown tired of this song 🙂

    However, there seems to be something wrong with Antarctica (24-bit) as the sound is waving a bit in the beginning, like when you press play on a tape and the tape was not stretched.

    Now I’m going to go back and remembering the gold old days back in 1983 🙂


    Love Reply:

    Sry, the track is I got the message.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    There was a an issue with the pitch at the beginning of track #2 “I Got The Message” so I fixed it and have re-upload the files so they should be corrected now if you want to download it again. Sorry about that 🙂


    Love Reply:

    No problem, and thanks for the quick fix 🙂


  5. negative1 Says:

    i enjoy the group and this song.

    but this remix sucks the energy right out of the song, and makes it too slow.

    i prefer the album version. and other more upbeat remixes.

    thanks though.



  6. Dirk Says:

    Never knew the pogo story connected to this song, so I learned something anyway, ah.
    I associate pogo with rocksteady gigs and jamaican music played by white skinneys and/or old jamaicans – in too small clubs with a lot of uhm smoke. But later on at some point mixed with speed and oi-ska aswell, hence the aggressive types. That type got kicked out, the friendly ones just created their own space to bounce eachother :-), next to us..
    You folks enjoy, this one. I’ll watch from the side, as back then. Man what an ugly track, ugly clip, and some idiot movements on the floors. But now I think that’s okay :-), do please go ahead, honest.


  7. David Says:

    Thanks Paul. I always loved this song.


  8. giorgio-greece Says:

    thanx a lot dj!!!
    one of my all time favourite songs!!!!
    used to dance a lot with it at that time!!!!!
    and i always remember the fantastic absolutely fine the dj mixing this song with Captain Sensible’s ‘Wot’

    absolutely fantastic!!!!!

    thanx a lot Paul!!!!

    love from Greece!!!!!!


  9. Will McCammon Says:

    Interestingly, my copy of the album used this version.
    Record companies work in strange ways.


  10. MAN Says:

    Many Thanks …. one of my best record


  11. FaSCoRP Says:

    I would like to know who remixed the song. Besides being 34 years ago, the remix is so fresh that feel timeless. Thank you and keep up the good work!


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