November 28, 1997
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Synth Pop, Punk/New Wave, Dance-Rock, New Wave

Album Review

Men Without Hats are best remembered for their infectious 1983 dance-floor smash "The Safety Dance" ("We can dance if we want to..."), but that track is just one of many melodic synth-pop gems found on this Canadian compilation. This disc was released shortly after an American compilation called Collection and features similar artwork, but their are significant differences between the two discs. As well as liner notes by the Hats' original manager Marc Durand, Greatest Hats features a different track lineup than its U.S. counterpart. Tracks found only on the Canadian disc include "Freeways," "On Tuesday" and "Sideways." Curiously though, Greatest Hats omits Canadian hits like "Moonbeam" and "Hey Men," while including several tracks that weren't hits. Like the American Collection, this disc includes both versions of "The Safety Dance": the short version (as heard on the promo video) and the longer club mix, which features lead singer Ivan rapping. There was much more to Men Without Hats than "The Safety Dance," and Greatest Hats serves as a fine introduction to this quirky, melodic electro-pop ensemble.
Robin Platts, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Safety Dance
  2. Living in China
  3. Antarctica
  4. I Got the Message
  5. I Like
  6. Where Do the Boys Go?
  7. Freeways [Euromix]
  8. Pop Goes the World
  9. On Tuesday
  10. Sideways
  11. Editions of You
  12. The Safety Dance [Extended Version]
  13. Where Do the Boys Go? [Extended Version]