Sunday, June 23, 2024

Men Without Hats, in a publicity still complete with a woman and a hat.

Hey, remember the 1980s and that song “Safety Dance” by that band Men Without Hats? Of course you do. It was a simple, snarky earworm and it arrived in the United States in 1983 at the height of the video craze. And the video had a medieval theme, little person and ended with an atomic bomb blast, as was the style at the time, even though the song was about how “We can dance / we can dance” even if a bouncer doesn’t like how we’re dancing.

Well, surprise, you hadn’t seen the last of Men Without Hats. (Note picture of old Men Without Hats, one of whom is a woman, another of whom is wearing a hat. That’s apparently part of the snark, although there have also been some unhappy changes in the lineup.) While the last of the Canadian band’s albums came out a decade ago, the next comes out June 12 (or June 5 on iTunes). It’s called “Love In The Age of War” and a single called “Head Above Water” has been released.

What’s it about? It’s about how sometimes you have to let go to what you love and how life doesn’t live up to your dreams, but that “life’s great destiny is knowing you are loved and that you love too.” How does it sound? It sounds like it’s still the 1980s. And like the band members still have their original synthesizers.

What does this have to do with Cambridge? Someone in Cambridge might want this song.

“Head Above Water” is available for free download here.

And here’s that video, so you don’t have to search for it yourself: