Men Without Hats ‎– The Safety Dance

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Men Without Hats' breakout single, issued with a bewildering array of B-sides.
Reached #6 on the UK singles chart on 5th Nov 1983.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
STAT 24 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7") Statik Records STAT 24 UK 1982 Sell This Version
STAT 2412 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12") Statik Records STAT 2412 Finland 1982 Sell This Version
STAT 2412, TAK 1/12 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12") Statik Records, Statik Records STAT 2412, TAK 1/12 Finland 1982 Sell This Version
600 881, 600 881-213 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12") Statik Records, Statik Records, Virgin, Virgin 600 881, 600 881-213 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
STAT 2412 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12") Statik Records STAT 2412 UK 1982 Sell This Version
STAT 2412 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12") Statik Records, Sire STAT 2412 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
STAT 2412 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12") Statik Records, Sire STAT 2412 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
MV.012005 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12") Discos MVM MV.012005 Portugal 1982 Sell This Version
STAT 2412 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12") Statik Records STAT 2412 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
STAT 2412, Stat 2412 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12") Statik Records, Statik Records STAT 2412, Stat 2412 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
TAK 1-12, STAT 2412 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12") Statik Records, Statik Records TAK 1-12, STAT 2412 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
STAT 2412 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12", EP, ext) Statik Records, Sire STAT 2412 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
600 881 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12", M/Print) Statik Records, Virgin 600 881 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
TAK 1/12, TAK 1-12 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12", Single) Statik Records, Statik Records TAK 1/12, TAK 1-12 UK 1982 Sell This Version
TAK 1/12, TAK 1-12 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12", Single) Statik Records, Statik Records TAK 1/12, TAK 1-12 UK 1982 Sell This Version
STAK 1 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance / Security(7", Shape, Single, Pic) Statik Records STAK 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
STAT 2412 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(12") Statik Records STAT 2412 Belgium 1982 Sell This Version
BTE 1000 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(12") Big Time Phonograph Recording Co. BTE 1000 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
BTE 1000 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(12") Big Time Phonograph Recording Co. BTE 1000 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
TAK 1/12, STAT 2412 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(12") Statik Records, Polarvox Oy, Statik Records TAK 1/12, STAT 2412 Finland 1982 Sell This Version
STAT 2412 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(12") Sire, Statik Records STAT 2412 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
TAK 1/12 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(12") Harlekin, Statik Records TAK 1/12 Sweden 1982 Sell This Version
BTE 1000 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(12", Maxi) Big Time Phonograph Recording Co. BTE 1000 New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
STAK 1 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(12", Pic, TP, Unc) Statik Records STAK 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
STAT 24 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7") Statik Records STAT 24 Netherlands 1982 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
0052342 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) MCA Records 0052342 Peru 1982 Sell This Version
TAK 1 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) Statik Records TAK 1 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
105 507, 105 507-100 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) Statik Records, Statik Records, Virgin, Virgin 105 507, 105 507-100 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
TAK 1 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) Harlekin TAK 1 Scandinavia 1982 Sell This Version
BTS-1000 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) Big Time Phonograph Recording Co. BTS-1000 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
TAK 1 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) Statik Records TAK 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
25 99567 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) Sire, Statik Records 25 99567 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
TAK 1 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) Statik Records, Polarvox Oy TAK 1 Finland 1982 Sell This Version
STAT 24 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) Statik Records STAT 24 Belgium 1982 Sell This Version
25 99567 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single, Promo) Sire 25 99567 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
810 691-7 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single, Promo) Statik Records 810 691-7 France 1982 Sell This Version
052 SG 4000, 052-VG 4.000 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended 'Club Mix')(12", Maxi) Statik Records, Virgin 052 SG 4000, 052-VG 4.000 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
BSR-13969 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended ‘Club Mix’)(12", Single) Backstreet Records BSR-13969 US 1983 Sell This Version
BSR-13969 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended ‘Club Mix’)(12", Single) Backstreet Records BSR-13969 US 1983 Sell This Version
BSR-13969 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Extended ‘Club Mix’)(12", Single) Backstreet Records BSR-13969 US 1983 Sell This Version
817 112-7 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Version Dance)(7") Statik Records 817 112-7 France 1983 Sell This Version
BSR-52232 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance / Living In China(7", Single) MCA Records BSR-52232 US 1983 Sell This Version
VIC-76, B-20109, 20109 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(12", Maxi) Statik Records, Statik Records, Statik Records VIC-76, B-20109, 20109 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
813 861-1 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(12", Maxi) Polydor 813 861-1 France 1983 Sell This Version
33500-9 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(12", Single) MCA Records 33500-9 Ecuador 1983 Sell This Version
815 415-7 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7") Statik Records, Polydor 815 415-7 France 1983 Sell This Version
INT 10476 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7") CGD INT 10476 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
VIPX-1738, VIRG-1738 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7") Virgin, Virgin VIPX-1738, VIRG-1738 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
TAK 1 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7") Statik Records TAK 1 South Africa 1983 Sell This Version
BSR-52232, BSR 52232 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) Backstreet Records, Backstreet Records BSR-52232, BSR 52232 US 1983 Sell This Version
BSR-52232, BSR 52232 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) Backstreet Records, Backstreet Records BSR-52232, BSR 52232 US 1983 Sell This Version
AW-715 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) Statik Records, Trio Records AW-715 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
TAK 1 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) Statik Records, Polarvox Oy TAK 1 Finland 1983 Sell This Version
SG 600 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) Statik Records SG 600 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
BSR-52232, BSR 52232 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) Backstreet Records, Backstreet Records BSR-52232, BSR 52232 US 1983 Sell This Version
INT 10476 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) CGD INT 10476 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
BSR-52232 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single, Promo) Backstreet Records BSR-52232 US 1983 Sell This Version
AW-715 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single, Promo) Trio Records AW-715 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
B 9 000 3-12 Men Without Hats Safety Dance(12", Promo, RE) DSB Records, ZYX Music B 9 000 3-12 Germany 1992 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
B 9 0003 Men Without Hats Safety Dance (12", Maxi, Promo) Metrovynil B 9 0003 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
2305 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (UK Remix)(12", Maxi) Metrovynil 2305 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
2305 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (UK Remix)(12", Maxi) Metrovynil 2305 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
SPRO 30025 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Biomix)(12", Promo) Priority Records SPRO 30025 US 1995 Sell This Version
DPRO 30025 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance (Biomix)(CD, Single, Promo) Priority Records DPRO 30025 US 1995 Sell This Version
SAFETY01 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single, Ltd, Pic) Demon Records SAFETY01 UK 2013 Sell This Version
STAT 24 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7") Statik Records STAT 24 Finland Unknown Sell This Version
COL-90006 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", RE) Collectables COL-90006 US Unknown Sell This Version
PR-83-002, BSR 52232 Men Without Hats The Safety Dance(7", Single) MCA Records, MCA Records PR-83-002, BSR 52232 Philippines Unknown Sell This Version

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fokkerTISM

fokkerTISM

December 10, 2018
referencing The Safety Dance, 7", Single, BTS-1000
It should be noted that the version of the Safety Dance on this single plays a half step higher (i.e. in Db) instead of in C like on the album.
streetmouse

streetmouse

September 14, 2018
edited 2 months ago
referencing The Safety Dance (Extended ‘Club Mix’), 12", Single, BSR-13969

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
dnbodi

dnbodi

June 19, 2018
referencing The Safety Dance, 7", STAT 24
On what version can one find the 9+ minutes extended remix?
CharlesTillman

CharlesTillman

November 14, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing The Safety Dance / Security, 7", Shape, Single, Pic, STAK 1

On the Statik Records ‎– STAK 1 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Shaped Picture Disc, the side with the text is the B-side.
"The Safety Dance" is on the other side with no printed text (A-side). This pressing sounds great!
notxam

notxam

June 18, 2017
referencing The Safety Dance, 7", STAT 24
lol "bewildering array of b-sides" is right

at least 10 words
kingal

kingal

June 15, 2013
referencing Safety Dance, 12", Promo, RE, B 9 000 3-12
Has anyone rung the number yet? I'm dying to know who is on the other end!