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"The Name Was a Reaction To The Clubs" Ivan Doroschuk 2022

Men Without Hats is a Canadian new wave/synth-pop band formed in 1977 by brothers Ivan and Stefan Doroschuk in Montreal, Quebec. A constantly changing lineup marked the band's early years, but Ivan and Stefan remained the constant members throughout the band's history. The band's early sound was heavily influenced by punk and ska, but they soon began experimenting with electronic music and synthesizers. In 1980, they released their first single, "The Safety Dance," which became an international hit and is still one of their most well-known songs. The success of "The Safety Dance" led to the release of the band's debut album, "Rhythm of Youth," in 1982. The album was a commercial success, including other popular tracks like "I Got the Message" and "Living in China." Men Without Hats continued to release albums throughout the 1980s, including "Folk of the 80's" (1984), "Pop Goes the World" (1987), and "The Adventures of Women & Men Without Hate in the 21st Century" (1989). However, they could never replicate the success of "The Safety Dance." The band took a hiatus in the 1990s, but Ivan Doroschuk continued to release music under the Men Without Hats name in the 2000s and 2010s. The band has continued to tour and perform live, with Ivan remaining the only original member. Overall, Men Without Hats are remembered as one of the most influential bands of the early 1980s new wave/synth-pop movement, thanks to their unique sound and iconic hit song, "The Safety Dance."


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