Rhythm of Youth

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Rhythm of Youth
Studio album by Men Without Hats
Released March 20, 1982
Recorded 1981-82
Genre Synthpop
Length 40:20
Label Statik (Europe)
Backstreet (US)
Sire/Virgin (Canada)
Producer Marc Durand
Men Without Hats chronology
Folk of the 80's
(1980)
Rhythm of Youth
(1982)
Folk of the 80's (Part III)
(1983)
Singles from Rhythm of Youth
  1. "I Like"
    Released: January 24, 1982
  2. "The Safety Dance"
    Released: March 16, 1982
  3. "I Got the Message"
    Released: May 27, 1982
  4. "Living in China"
    Released: July 29, 1982

Rhythm of Youth is the debut album of Canadian synthpop group Men Without Hats, released in 1982 on Backstreet Records. It propelled them to fame with its second single, "The Safety Dance". It was released under the Statik Records label in Canada, distributed by Warner Music Canada (then called WEA Canada) where it achieved Platinum status for sales of 100,000 units [1]

The US CD release of this album featured a different track listing, which replaced "Living in China" with an edited version of "Antarctica" (the full version of which appeared on Folk of the 80's) and included an extended version of "The Safety Dance".

This album was re-released on CD in Canada in 1997 by Oglio Records as part of a "two-fer" including Folk of the 80's (Part III).

It was also re-mastered and re-released in Canada in 2010 by Bulldog Brothers/Unidisc. This version contains all of the tracks on the US and UK LP and cassette releases as well as club mix of "The Safety Dance", an extended version of "I Got the Message" and the demo version of "Ban the Game" (labeled as "Full Version") which is different from the short version that was released as an intro to the original album.

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Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ivan Doroschuk, except where noted. (Tactik Music/Les Editions Chapeau)

United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Ban the Game" - 0:48
  2. "Living in China" - 3:04
  3. "The Great Ones Remember" (I. Doroschuk, Allan McCarthy) - 4:41
  4. "I Got the Message" - 4:44
  5. "Cocoricci (Le Tango des Voleurs)" (I. Doroschuk, McCarthy) - 3:24
  6. "The Safety Dance" - 2:44
  7. "Ideas for Walls" - 2:59
  8. "Things in My Life" (I. Doroschuk, Jeremie Arrobas) - 4:56
  9. "I Like" - 4:19
  10. "The Great Ones Remember (Reprise)" (I. Doroschuk, Stefan Doroschuk) - 1:59
  11. "Antarctica" (CD release only) - 3:29

United States Cassette Release (1982)[edit]

  1. "Ban the Game" - 0:48
  2. "The Safety Dance" ("Extended Dance Version") - 4:35
  3. "Antarctica" - 3:29
  4. "The Great Ones Remember" (I. Doroschuk, McCarthy) - 4:41
  5. "Ideas for Walls" - 2:59
  6. "Living in China" - 3:04
  7. "I Like" - 4:19
  8. "I Got the Message" - 4:44
  9. "Things in My Life" (I. Doroschuk, Arrobas]) - 4:56
  10. "Cocoricci (Le Tango des Voleurs)" (Doroschuk, McCarthy) - 3:24
  11. "The Safety Dance" - 2:44
  12. "The Great Ones Remember (Reprise)" (I. Doroschuk, S. Doroschuk) - 1:59

United States CD Release[edit]

  1. "Ban the Game" - 0:48
  2. "The Safety Dance" (Also known as the "Extended Dance Version") - 4:35
  3. "Antarctica" - 3:29
  4. "The Great Ones Remember" (I. Doroschuk, McCarthy) - 4:41
  5. "I Got the Message" - 4:44
  6. "I Like" - 4:19
  7. "Ideas for Walls" - 2:59
  8. "Things in My Life" (I. Doroschuk, Arrobas]) - 4:56
  9. "Cocoricci (Le Tango des Voleurs)" (Doroschuk, McCarthy) - 3:24
  10. "The Great Ones Remember (Reprise)" (I. Doroschuk, S. Doroschuk) - 1:59
  • The cassette version included both the short mix of "The Safety Dance" and "Living in China" as bonus tracks.
  • iTunes version of this album (December 2011) also includes an extended 3:51 version of "Ban the Game"

Personnel[edit]

with:

  • Martin Cartier: percussion
  • Colin Doroschuk: additional guitars
  • Anne Dussault: female vocals
  • Michel Jermone: castanets
  • Daniel A. Vermette: acoustic guitars

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