Men Without Hats ‎– The Safety Dance (Extended ‘Club Mix’)

Backstreet Records ‎– BSR-13969
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single


A The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix') 4:32
B Antarctica 3:28

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Off Backstreet Music/Les Editions Chapeau (BMI)
Recorded in England
© ℗ 1983 Backstreet Records, A Division of Backstreet Enterprises, Inc.

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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Center Label A): MCA3548 (MC14279R)
  • Matrix / Runout (Center Label B): MCA3549 (MC14280)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Groove A): MCA-3548-PL-1 PRC-C1-1 BSR 13969 -A-
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Groove B): MCA-3549-PL-1 PRC-C1-1 BSR 13969 -B-

Other Versions (5 of 73) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
STAT 2412 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12") Statik Records, Sire STAT 2412 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
BSR-52232, BSR 52232 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single, Pin) Backstreet Records, Backstreet Records BSR-52232, BSR 52232 US 1983 Sell This Version
EAMS 2305-2 Men Without Hats Safety Dance (UK-Remix)(CD, Maxi) Metrovynil, EAMS EAMS 2305-2 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
BTS 1000 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) Big Time Phonograph Recording Co. BTS 1000 New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
TAK 1 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7") Statik Records TAK 1 South Africa 1983 Sell This Version



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September 14, 2018
edited over 2 years ago

An unabashed silly, bordering on nonsensical, just slightly to the left of being outrightly stupid … yet throughly infectious and entertaining, though truth be told, after all these years, I still have no idea what the video was attempting to represent, and looking at this bit of vinyl that was given to me as a gift (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it), I’m still wondering why in the world I’ve saved this after all these years.

The song was an outcry for freedom of expression regarding club bouncers to stop harassing people from pogo dancing during the heyday of new wave music, where it was considered that pogoing was one step removed from slamdancing … and no, the lead singer Ivan Doroschuk explains, “The song was not about safe sex, nor was it about being anti-nuclear.”

The music, matter of fact, all of the band’s music is comprised of synth instrumentations and rapid fire delivery with an upbeat tempo laced with energetic lyrics, a sort of fusion if you will, a combination of Disco meets Punk, handing out a sound that holds nothing back, marking “Safety Dance” as an enduring timeless anthem from the early years of the decade.

You are certainly not going to find anything at all redeeming on this record, it’s a sugar rush, a can of syrupy Coca Cola sucked dry though a Pixie Straw, though even remembering this song brings an ear to ear smile to my face, [laughing] reminding me of a few years from the last century that I would not care to relive.

*** The Fun Facts: The video was a combination of May-Pole and Punch & Judy activity, with Ivan being the only member of the actual band to perform in the production, with the other male dancers being part of the Chippenhanm Town Morris Men dancers, preforming a dance known as the Monkton Park. Of course the big question has always surround the tee shirt being sported by the dwarf (little person), which images the band’s first album cover Rhythm of Youth. The other question of course regards the identity of the fetching woman doing the quirky Safety Dance, who’s actuality was kept secret for over thirty years, being Louise Court, a British journalist and editor of Cosmopolitan.

Review by Jenell Kesler