"THE SAFETY DANCE"
BY MEN WITHOUT HATS
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Directed by Tim Pope, it was filmed in the village of West Kington, near Bath, UK. Ivan Doroschuk is the only member of the band to actually perform in the video.
The identity of the bouncy blonde girl in the video remained a mystery until 2013, when she was finally identified as the journalist and once editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, Louise Court. She became an editor at Best magazine in 1994, and had previously worked for the Express newspaper, Prima and Woman's Own magazines. She did not actually sing on the song, and is miming to vocals by Anne Dussault.
The Morris Dance side performing in the video was Chippenham Town Morris dancers from Wiltshire.
Released in the UK in September 1983, and featuring on the album Rhythm Of Youth, the song peaked at No.6 and was the only Top 40 hit for Men Without Hats. However, in Canada the band had six hits, with Pop Goes The World being their biggest, reaching #2 and also reaching #20 in the US.
What the heck is a Safety Dance, exactly?
UK 7" Vinyl - Statik Records (STAT 24)
A. The Safety Dance - 2:45
B. Security - 4:01
UK 12" Vinyl (TAK 1-12)
A. The Safety Dance (Extended Club Mix) - 4:32
B1. I Got The Message - 4:44
B2. Antarctica - 3:28