Men without Hats









Men without Hats

Men without Hats

is a pop music group from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The group was formed in 1980 and were the most popular in the early to mid 1980's. Their most remembered song was, The Safety Dance. The group was a New Wave band The group consisted of members, Ivan Doroschuk, his brothers, Stefan and Colin, Jeremy Arrobas, Tracy Howe, Roman Martyn, Mike Gabriel, Jean-Marc Pisapia, Lenny Pinkas, and Allen McCarthy. They released the EP called, Folk of the 80's (in 1980). Tracy Howe was the first member to leave and he was not with the group for long. He was with the group long enough to receive credit on the reprint of Folk of the 80's, even though he was not on it. Jean-Marc Pisapia left the group to form another band called, The Box. A little while later, Jeremy Arrobas and Mike Gabriel left to work with Pisapia for a while, then went on to form their own group called, Isinglass.

The name of the group was first originated when an MC in Montreal misread an announcement for one of the group’s earlier gigs. The MC read the announcement as saying, Men W9ithout Hate. That tale is unconfirmed and another story is that the group performed in bars and they were then known as Men With Hats. This story was confirmed as being true. They decided to change their name to Men Without Hats because they always threw their hats off at the end of each show. Their debut album was called, Rhythm of Youth, and from it came the hit single, The Safety Dance. The single spent 4 weeks at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. They also charted again in 1987 with their title track of the album, Pop Goes the World. The song was also used in the movie, Date With An Angel, in 1987. The movie starred Phoebe Cates, Emmanuelle Beart, and Michael E. Knight. The band released their next album in 1989 and named it, The Adventures of Women,& Men Without Hate In the 21st Century. The album featured a cover of ABBA’s song called, SOS.

Men Without Hats released an album in 1991 and named it, Sideways. The album consisted of electric guitars instead of keyboards. This brought them a much different sound. The album failed to attract any attention and the band split up. Ivan went on to release a solo album called, The Spell, in 1997. Stefan and Mack MacKenzie released a solo a CD called, Ride of Glory, which had a post modern Western them. In 2003, Stefan and Ivan reunited to release, No Hats Beyond This Point. The group released a total of 12 albums and compilations as well as 13 music videos and 1 DVD.