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  • The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats (1982)

    Sue Rogers posted on January 08, 2015 15:58

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    ∼ You can play along with the video! Good practice for playing Eb, Ab, and doing the Safety Dance!

    Intro Riff:

    A|-3---3---3---3-3-|-3-3-----3---3-3-|

    E|-3---3---3---1-0-|-1-3-----3---1-0-|

    C|-0---0---0---0-0-|-0-0-----0---0-0-|

    G|-0---0---0---0-0-|-0-0-----0---0-0-|

       1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

     

    "The Safety Dance" is a song written and recorded by Canadian new wave band Men Without Hats. It was initially released in Canada in January 1983 as the 2nd single from the band's first full-length album, Rhythm of Youth. The song was written by Ivan Doroschuk after he had been kicked out of a club for pogoing.

    The writer/performer, Ivan Doroschuk, has explained that "The Safety Dance" is a protest against bouncers stopping dancers pogoing to 1980s new wave music in clubs when disco was dying and new wave was up and coming. New wave dancing, especially pogoing, was different from disco dancing, because it was done individually instead of with partners and involved holding the torso rigid and thrashing about. To uninformed bystanders this could look dangerous, especially if pogoers accidentally bounced into one another (the more deliberately violent evolution of pogoing is slam dancing). The bouncers did not like pogoing so they would tell pogoers to stop or be kicked out of the club. Thus, the song is a protest and a call for freedom of expression. Other lyrics in the song include references to the way pogoing looked to bouncers, especially "And you can act real rude and totally removed/And I can act like an imbecile". (for more info visit Wikipedia)

    ~~~ChordPro Version UPDATED Jan 13, 2016 CEL~~~

    A video for this song:


    Posted in: Individual Songs, January 2015 Anything Goes, January 2016 - music of the 1980's (2 Comments)

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Mike Coolin
# Mike Coolin
Saturday, February 7, 2015 3:24 PM
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Mike Coolin
# Mike Coolin
Saturday, February 7, 2015 3:24 PM
THE BOX In Ottawa on March 14
Saturday, March 14 at 8:30pm
The Brass Monkey in Ottawa, Ontario

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