menwithouthats Flashback Friday   Music Video: Men Without Hats Safety Dance

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Where would we be without music videos? That’s like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Prince[/lastfm] minus the PurpleBilly with out the Idol or [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Journey[/lastfm] with out [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Steve Perry[/lastfm]… oh, wait.

80’s music videos took music to the next level with some of the most creative music videos ever.

We’ve dug deep (well, not too deep) and unearthed the hottest videos from back in the days.

Check out one of the oddest and bestest videos of the 80’s…

Men Without Hats - Safety Dance (1982)

Let’s see what Wikipedia says about “The Safety Dance”…

“The Safety Dance” was a popular single by the 1980s Canadian New Wave band Men Without Hats; and to date, it remains their biggest hit. It appeared on the band’s first full-length album, Rhythm of Youth (1982).

The song was written by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ivan Doroschuk[/lastfm] after he had been kicked out of a club for pogoing.

The music video for the song, directed by Tim Pope, is notable for its English folk revival imagery, notably Morris men, Mummers, Punch and Judy and a Maypole.

It was filmed in the village of West Kington, near Bath, in southwest England.

Ivan Doroschuk is the only member of the band to actually perform in the video.

Doroschuk, and others in the video, can be seen repeatedly forming an “S” sign by jerking both arms upward into a stiff pose, one arm in an upward curve and the other in a downward curve, apparently referencing the first letter in ‘safety’.

The Morris Dance side in the video was Chippenham Town Morris from Wiltshire, performing Three Musketeers. The dwarf actor is Mike Edmonds.

Hmm… interesting.

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