US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending August 6th, 1983
Here’s what’s going on this week on the Top 40 chart…
- The Police are still holding strong at #1.
- The top 20 songs could be their own Best of the 80’s compilation album (I’ve seen worse on Spotify, trust me).
- One song that is climbing the charts is “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats. When I was a kid I always thought this was the weirdest song. The video being set in an English fold revival didn’t help any, either. Here’s the story behind the song:
Ivan Doroschuk, lead singer of the band, explained that “The Safety Dance” is a protest against bouncers stopping dancers pogo-ing to 1980s new wave music in clubs when disco was dying and new wave was up and coming. New wave dancing, especially pogo-ing, was different from disco dancing, because it was done individually instead of with partners and involved holding the torso rigid and thrashing about. To uninformed bystanders this could look dangerous, especially if pogo-ers accidentally bounced into one another. The bouncers did not like pogo-ing so they would tell pogo-ers to stop or be kicked out of the club. Thus, the song is a protest and a call for freedom of expression.