The 80s Come Alive: Safety Dance
Welcome to a new weekly feature on That’s Funky Awesome, a little thing we’re going to call ‘The 80’s Come Alive’, with all due credit to Peter Frampton for totally ripping off the name of the only album of his that people bought.
The 80s has somewhat of a bad reputation as far as live music goes, and rightly so. Playing along to backing tracks and the art of lip synching were perfected during the decade, which was unfortunate not only because it overshadowed some great live (really live!) performances, but also because it opened the door to so many crap-tacular boy bands in the 90’s who made careers out of playing live without having to ever sing a note outside of a studio.
For the premiere posting of this feature we’re going to take a look back at Canadian band Men Without Hats and their song ‘Safety Dance’, originally released on the album ‘Rhythm of Youth’ in 1982. The studio version of this song was completely electronic, but for the live rendition the band opens it up a bit, throwing in some real drums as well as guitar.
Taken from a show done in Montreal back in 1985, and featured on the 2006 DVD ‘Live Hats’.