People still think “The Safety Dance” is a metaphor for nuclear war or safe sex. Not exactly. According to Songfacts, Men Without Hats lead singer, Ivan Doroschuk, has said his true inspiration for writing the song was bouncers hassling people and even kicking him out of a bar for “pogo” dancing in the early ’80s.
“The Safety Dance” was released by the Canadian new wave/synth-pop band as the second single from their debut album, Rhythm of Youth. The song was a major international hit in 1982.
The music video is more 1382. It was shot in Wiltshire, England and looks like a Renaissance fair, complete with English folk dancing and a maypole. Unfortunately, the Carolina Renaissance Festival is canceled this year. This is the next best thing.