15 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The massively tongue-in-cheek vibe of “The Safety Dance” doesn’t diminish its pinging infectiousness, and the rest of Men Without Hats’ 1982 debut balances the band’s silly and catchy sides just as well. Rhythm of Youth is a feast of cascading synth melodies, while Ivan Doroschuk’s vocals are versatile enough to evoke an opera singer one moment and a cartoon character the next. Between the sly cultural warfare of “Living in China” and the French bent of “Cocoricci (Le Tango des Voleurs),” eccentricity abounds.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The massively tongue-in-cheek vibe of “The Safety Dance” doesn’t diminish its pinging infectiousness, and the rest of Men Without Hats’ 1982 debut balances the band’s silly and catchy sides just as well. Rhythm of Youth is a feast of cascading synth melodies, while Ivan Doroschuk’s vocals are versatile enough to evoke an opera singer one moment and a cartoon character the next. Between the sly cultural warfare of “Living in China” and the French bent of “Cocoricci (Le Tango des Voleurs),” eccentricity abounds.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Menwithouthatsfan ,

Awesome

Great album. Every song on the album is great.

JOSEPH ROTH ,

Love it!!!

What a gift to sign on tonight and do a search on Itunes for MWH. In the past I have looked and was stuck with a collection and Folk of the 80's and wondered why in the world this one wasnt there. I have such wonderful memories of every song on this album...senior year in highschool in the suburbs of Chicago. My friend Beth liked this band. She shared it and it marked an entire slice of a memory imbedded in my mind until today. I could never find a CD of it and to see it here for $7, I knew it would be my lucky day!!! I would have paid ten times that for it. So well written...so underappreciated. Love you guys.

Pump24 ,

Better than expected

I, along with every other MTV influenced kid, bought this soley based on their single hit, but quickly found there were hidden gems on this album. I don`t think I even played the Safety Dance again after hearing The Great Ones Remember and Antartica. This band was overshadowed by their corny video, which is a shame as this really is a great record.

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