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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.

Men Without Hats - Safety Dance (Official Music Video)

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