“Safety Dance” was released in 1982 with “Security” (UK) on the B-side (“Living in China” in the US) as the second single from Rhythm of Youth. The song was written by the band’s lead singer, Ivan Doroschuk, and it was a commercial and critical success, reaching the top ten in several countries incl. #1 in South Africa and Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play, and Cash Box charts. In the UK, it peaked at #6
The music video for “Safety Dance” was also highly popular and memorable, featuring the band members performing in a medieval-style setting, complete with jousting knights and dancing peasants. The video’s playful and irreverent style helped to establish Men Without Hats as a quirky and entertaining new wave act.