Did you ever think you’d ever hear a live version of “Pop Goes The World” by 1980s gods Men Without Hats? I felt the same way – until I saw them in concert! Men Without Hats opened for The Human League at the Best Buy Theatre in New York on Sepember 23, 2011 and I was there to catch all the action. Apparently, this song is about mescaline. YES!
It’s no secret that Rolling Stone magazine hasn’t been a good source of music news in decades. They continue their irrelevance by naming their worst songs of the 1980s. Here’s their top 10:
1 – Starship – ‘We Built This City’
2 – Europe – ‘The Final Countdown’
3 – Chris de Burgh – ‘Lady In Red’
4 – Wham! – ‘Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go)’
5 – Men Without Hats – ‘The Safety Dance’
6 – Falco – ‘Rock Me Amadeus’
7 – Bobby McFerrin – ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’
8 – Toni Basil – ‘Mickey’
9 – Taco – ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’
10 – Rick Astley – ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’
This list definitely has some stinkers on it, but it really makes me think of the way the world hated Michael Jackson’s guts when he was alive and in his death, everyone seems to conveniently forget that he was a major drug addict and a child molester and suddenly he’s a national hero. I’m not fooled at all. What’s your list?
I never thought I’d ever get to see Men Without Hats in concert, but I was proven wrong on September 23, 2011. The Canadian new wave band, comprised of original lead singer Ivan Doroschuck and three new members opened for Human League at the Best Buy Theater in New York. In addition to playing their worldwide smash hits “Safety Dance” and “Pop Goes The World,” (which Ivan said was written about mescaline), they also played lesser known hits such as “Living In China,” “Antarctica,” and “Where Do The Boys Go?” Ivan was extremely animated and danced all over the stage. It was a really fun show and perhaps if you so desire, I’ll post a video of either “Pop Goes The World” or “Safety Dance.” Leave a comment in the comments section and let us know!