Some days, I miss having a co-author on this blog. Scott Colvin was a great partner to write with, and he made this blog better.
Nearly seven years ago, he wrote a piece about a Canadian band that is essentially a one-hit wonder in the United States - Men Without Hats. He wrote about a different great song. I am telling you about the one hit wonder he didn't like as much.
"The Safety Dance" came out when I was 10 or 11. It is the first song I can remember ever being my favorite song. I thought the song was fun, the video was fun, and the dance was fun. Little did I know how subversive the song was - although not a call for safe sex as some think, it WAS a protest against bouncers at clubs who didn't like the pogoing a lot of new wave music fans were doing - and how indicative of future musical tastes it would be.
And I really didn't know that such subversion would be allowed in the US Billboard Top 5.
The official video, which only featured one band member - lead singer Ivan Doroschuk - was built around the short single version of the song. This fan cut version is the longer, more synth-forward version that a lot of people have heard nowadays. Compare, contrast, enjoy.
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