Friday Song: Men Without Hats

Let’s dig deep in the archives for one of my seemingly solitary pleasures, the upbeat, energetic, melodic grooves of Men Without Hats, the Quebec sibling duo of Ivan and Stefan Doroschuk, who created vast patches of primo 1980’s synth-songs as reflected in their biggest, too-defining 1982 hit, “Safety Dance” and their 1987 chart-topper, “Pop Goes The World.” This LP is their opus of their era, filled with bright satirical ruminations on life in the late 20th century amidst the nuclear backdrop of MTV, Reagan and Gorbachev. I can’t mount a sterling defense of Men Without Hats except that I simply like it, and there’s no shame in producing music with such clean hands and composure (as Hemingway said, possibly referring to the band). Here they are in concert, giving their dynamic all to “Jenny Wore Black,” one of my favorite songs on “Pop Goes The World.” Just listen and dance.


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