Pop Music

Sigh, it’s gonna be one of those days….

People have a special day honoring everything from Star Wars culture to talking like pirates… appreciating squirrels to glorifying irrational numbers… getting drunk like the Irish or getting drunk like the Mexicans.  So why not have a holiday that puts our entire planet up on a pedestal?  Yes, it’s Earth Day… which also happens to fall on a Monday this year.  You know the drill… that’s the day we here at The Nest save the endangered earworms by sustainably digging up another lost classic out of that big green recycling bin of renewable music we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s got another moldy oldie whose carbon footprint wasn’t as big as it should have been, while the Sponkies pick up the litter from that wild Earth Day celebration The Nest threw in the park.  Oh mercy mercy me….

Men Without Hats is almost the prototypical one hit wonder act that the musically diverse 1980’s were rife with.  They were an otherwise obscure act with a silly name and an iconic hit song that had a memorably cheesy music video.  Their 1983 smash “The Safety Dance” became an international success, and nobody will ever forget seeing lead singer Ivan Doroschuk dance around like an idiot with a ditzy blonde and a midget at what had to be the world’s worst Renaissance Festival…

Let’s go, Shorty! It’s time for the dwarf tossing contest…

You know what else makes Men Without Hats very much like every other 80’s OHW?  The fact that they actually had more than one song hit the pop charts.  Four years after the hatless Canucks taught everyone how to do (and spell) the safety dance, they emerged with another song that became a Top 20 hit in the US, but which is rarely played today.  It’s quite possible you’ve even heard it before without knowing who performed it.  Let’s give an Earth Day salute to that other Men Without Hats song, “Pop Goes The World!”

This song and its video may be even more nuttier than the work that put them on the map.  “Pop Goes the World” makes rather unique use of synthesizers to create some interesting sound effects that very much accentuate a song that was inspired by a children’s tune.  The lyrics tell of a duo named Johnny and Jenny (Not the one at 867-5309, we’d assume) who’re in a band called The Human Race… which sounds kind of stupid.  It’s really just a dressed up version of the nuclear apocalypse theme that was common in many of the 80’s most notable songs… after all, the last thing to “pop” in the video is literally the world itself.

Happy Earth Day!

I hope you enjoyed what may be the most earwormy of all earworms I’ve posted on the DVA!  Be sure and come back next Monday for even more music that could have only come from planet Earth…


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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22 Responses to Pop Music

  1. the video of the safety dance was scary… really scaaaary. but it was also this guy ivan… I think he came directly from transylvania, there is something in his eyes I noticed while looking at charlie manson…

  2. The last photo hits the point, do you have this saying.

  3. Yup, a definitely VERY earth-wormy selection. I think I’ll be popping my finger in my mouth most of the morning now! 💥

  4. ghostmmnc says:

    I remember hearing the Safety Dance song, but had never seen that video. Looked like fun to me. The Pop Goes the World is a fun video too. I liked it! 🙂

    • They’re both pretty fun, though the Safety Dance has kinda become worn and cheesy. I’ve already replayed this video about six or seven times since I wrote the post yesterday, so I guess I like this one more than I thought I did!

  5. draliman says:

    Very catchy, I like that one!

  6. Definitely a catchy tune…..one of the lowest budget videos I’ve ever seen (!) but then “those were the days” !!


  7. Merbear74 says:

    Do dee do do do do do dee do…

  8. Not exactly a great day for the Earth since it was pouring since last night and nobody did anything. Everything was canceled — and for a lot of people, it was a holiday anyway. Something about “the day after Easter.” Is it like boxing day … only instead called “basket day?”

    • I noticed the kids were off school Monday and I had no idea why since they were off all of last week. We always got the week before Easter off (Unless we had to make up days due to snow or a teachers strike), but never the Monday after. I thought that was just a Catholic thing…

  9. Trisha says:

    I remember this song but I don’t think I’d ever seen the video. Is the person in the white costume supposed to be an evil snowman or a ghost? Or an angry, melting Pillsbury Dough Boy? Weird video but catchy little tune!

  10. Cute cute cute. Wow, it has been a long time since I’ve heard this. Definitely and ear worm, but not a bad one if you have to have one.

    • This is one of those DVA songs I kinda pull out of my rear despite not really caring much for, and only realize upon playing a video a few times that I like it a lot more than I thought I did. This song’s really a gem!

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