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Written after Doroschuk was kicked out of a nightclub for pogo dancing, because it was deemed unsafe, The Safety Dance reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1983, carrying his band’s debut album, Rhythm of Youth, to worldwide sales of over 2 million copies.
Men Without Hats earned a Grammy nomination for best new artist, and won ADISQ Awards for group of the year, rock album of the year and best-selling single.
It was quite a feat for a little Montreal rock band trying to get noticed, long before the Internet. Doroschuk chalks it up to the song’s eye-catching video, which got steady play on the relatively new MTV channel, but also to its timeless theme.
“I think every generation can relate to, ‘You can dance if you want to,’” he said. “You don’t have to succumb to peer pressure. It’s especially relevant now.”