It’s time for another TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! For this week’s TuneBack, we’re revisiting a much-loved classic ’80s tune… “Safety Dance” by the Canadian new wave band Men Without Hats.
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: January 14, 1983
TRIVIA: In regard to the meaning of the song, 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 slam dancing). 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. Other lyrics in the song include references to the way pogoing looked to bouncers, especially “And you can act real rude and totally removed/And I can act like an imbecile”.
BONUS VIDEO: This week marks the 4-Year Wedding Anniversary of my husband and I. For our reception, we performed a Flash Mob to the Glee version of “Safety Dance”.
See you next Tuesday!!