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Vote the 80's
Your Love - The Outfield 9%  9%  [ 1 ]
The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats 18%  18%  [ 2 ]
I Got You - The Split Enz 9%  9%  [ 1 ]
Major Tom - Peter Schilling 18%  18%  [ 2 ]
Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield 9%  9%  [ 1 ]
Turning Japanese - The Vapors 18%  18%  [ 2 ]
Send Me An Angel - Real Life 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Tainted Love - Soft Cell 9%  9%  [ 1 ]
Let's Go All The Way - Sly Fox 9%  9%  [ 1 ]
Cars - Gary Numan 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 11
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:04 pm 
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Jyrki21 wrote:
I'm going with Men without Hats even though they were a two-hit wonder (to self-referentially quote the other one, "Everybody tell me have you heard 'Pop Goes the World'?"). And had another few half-hits thanks to Canadian content rules up here.


Plus they had an army of scary bonhommes at their disposal.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:29 pm 
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Safety Dance is disqualified in my book. Men Without Hats were a punk band and that song was a joke about bouncers in clubs not allowing people to slam dance (or "mosh" as it became known during the grunge era). By a punk band obtaining hit status, they lost their punk cards and sold out. Therefore, f them!

I really don't think I like any of those songs.

I was going to suggest Cory Hart's Sunglasses at Night but I looked him up and see he had a bunch of platinum albums. WTF???

Wasn't there a Jermaine Jackson hit in the 80s? Mainly riding Michael's coattails after he left the 5?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:42 pm 
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Chris18 wrote:
I was going to suggest Cory Hart's Sunglasses at Night but I looked him up and see he had a bunch of platinum albums. WTF???


You just offended more than a few French Canadians. You didn't read the story about Hart moving his farewell concert in Montreal to accommodate the Habs?

And yes, Hart had more than one hit. "Never Surrender" was reintroduced to me thanks to the super-awesome Adult Swim game Robot Attack Unicorn 2. Cheesy as all hell but still awesome.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:43 pm 
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Chris18 wrote:
Safety Dance is disqualified in my book. Men Without Hats were a punk band and that song was a joke about bouncers in clubs not allowing people to slam dance (or "mosh" as it became known during the grunge era). By a punk band obtaining hit status, they lost their punk cards and sold out. Therefore, f them!

Wait, what?! :lol: I don't think you're thinking of the right band. They were a very 1980s pop band with synth and drum machines galore. They had some glam elements in the way they dressed up, but definitely not punk.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:15 pm 
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Jyrki21 wrote:
Chris18 wrote:
Safety Dance is disqualified in my book. Men Without Hats were a punk band and that song was a joke about bouncers in clubs not allowing people to slam dance (or "mosh" as it became known during the grunge era). By a punk band obtaining hit status, they lost their punk cards and sold out. Therefore, f them!

Wait, what?! :lol: I don't think you're thinking of the right band. They were a very 1980s pop band with synth and drum machines galore. They had some glam elements in the way they dressed up, but definitely not punk.


Considered what was called "new wave" at the time like Joe Jackson, Devo, Boomtown Rats, Blondie


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:02 pm 
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Love this thread.

As far as men without hats are concerned, I give you this:



And that M/A/R/S song was a treat to hear. It still sounds pretty fresh... I'm gonna play it during diner at the next wedding I DJ

Anyway, Erik, I'll see your 'Pump Up The Volume' and raise you this:



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:10 pm 
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Since we're into my high school days, I'll add this:



And this:



But can't forget this:



And this:



And of course:



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:19 pm 
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My memory might be a bit off, but I remember reading Men Without Hats frontman/songwriter Ivan Doroschuk was a mainstay at a popular loft space/venue in Old Montreal in the late 70's frequented by local punks.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:13 pm 
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Lots of 80s New Wave bands had punk roots. The Police was a punk band to start with until they replaced their guitarist with Andy Summers. One of the funnier lines from their "Behind the Music" was a guy who said something along the lines of "They had a true punk guitarist but they weren't a very good punk band, because where other punk bands were rubbish, Stewart Copeland and Sting were just pretending to be rubbish."


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:19 pm 
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E.L. wrote:
My memory might be a bit off, but I remember reading Men Without Hats frontman/songwriter Ivan Doroschuk was a mainstay at a popular loft space/venue in Old Montreal in the late 70's frequented by local punks.

There is a Voivod / Men Without Hats connection.


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I heard this one the other day and it reminded me of Roller Skating................f'n awesome....


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Ah, Leah! Is a regular on my playlists. It's so funny hearing the song for the first time, you imagine some rocked-out guy with long hair, then you see what Donnie Iris really looked like.


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