Men Without Hat's bouncy classic "The Safety Dance" remains one of the defining moments of the early 1980s with its irresistibly catchy bass-line and Ivan Doroschuk's bold "We can go when we want to, the night is young and so am I." Beyond their biggest hit, these Canadian synth-popsters also put out a couple of exceedingly chipper albums. Songs like "Pop Goes the World" and "I Got the Message" overflow with giddy innocence and cascades of cheesy Casio riffs. They even manage to perk up a Roxy Music cover ("Editions of You"). While the aspirations to meaning, and the faux-urgency, don't hold up, this disk is guaranteed to bring smiles at any 1980s-style dance party.
A story about the U. S. Department of Justice and its agents that begins with a daring mail-truck robbery by a ruthless gang that flees to the western United States after the robbery. When money from the robbery shows up in a small Kansas town, the department sends agent Dick Grant to investigate, posing as a businessman. He is hindered in his assignment by a local newspaper reporter, Helen Sherwood, and when he falls in love with her, he is unable to reveal to her who he really is and why he is there.
As an Asbury Jukes fan, this was one I was hoping for a Little Steven LP, and when I saw it on the racks I couldn't believe my eyes. Great songs, but oh! if only John Lyons were singing these tunes. But it rocks like a mother!