Pop Goes the World (song)
|"Pop Goes the World"|
|Single by Men Without Hats|
|from the album Pop Goes the World|
|B-side||"The End (Of the World)"|
|Format||7", 12", CD single|
|Genre||Synthpop, new wave|
|Producer(s)||Men Without Hats, Zeus B. Held|
|Men Without Hats singles chronology|
"Pop Goes the World" is a song recorded by Canadian new wave/synthpop group Men Without Hats. It was released in October 1987 as the lead single from the album of the same name. The song reached number-one in Austria, and number 2 in Canada and Sweden.
The song very generally tells a story of "Johnny" and "Jenny," the two members of a musical group called "The Human Race" (the members' instruments of choice appear to change throughout the song, though Johnny is primarily a guitarist and Jenny is a bassist) on their quest for fame in the industry, though at one point the lyrics note that they come to the realization that they could make "more money on a movie screen."
The music video for the song features lead singer Ivan Doroschuk who tells the story of "Johnny and Jenny" played by guitarist Stefan Doroschuk (impersonating Elvis Presley) and an unknown actress (playing a Höfner 500/1 bass) dancing around a bubble-filled stage along with numerous other characters including a keyboard-playing baby and Bonhomme (the mascot of Quebec City's annual Winter Carnival). The word "Pop!", in writing reminiscent of a comic book appears periodically on screen, often timed with the popping noises that punctuate the song. The video was released on a CD Video in 1988.
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||1|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||15|
|South Africa ||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||20|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||27|
"Wonderful Life" by Black
|Austrian Singles Chart number one single
February 15, 1988 (4 weeks)
"My Love Is a Tango" by Guillermo Marchena
- Ivan Doroschuk - vocals, guitar, keyboards, drum programming
- Stefan Doroschuk - backing vocals, bass
The song was re-recorded during the Love in the Age of War sessions, with Ivan Doroschuk on vocals, James Love on guitar and bass, and Louise Dawson on keyboards and drum programming. The recording was released as a digital single in 2012.
In popular culture
The song was featured in the 1987 film Date with an Angel, which starred Phoebe Cates, Emmanuelle Béart and Michael E. Knight. The song was also featured very briefly in the 1991 film Scanners II: The New Order.
The main tune of the song has caught up among sports fans cheering for their teams in several countries across the world. In Argentina, for instance, it is arguably the most popular tune sung by football (soccer) fans, no matter what team or division they belong to. If it is River Plate, they would sing "Oooh, vamos, River Plate! River Plate, River Plate, vamos, River Plate!". In Argentina, it also became very popular since December of 2015, as an anthem of former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's followers; they sing "Oooh, vamos a volver, a volver a volver, vamos a volver" ("Oooh, we will return, we'll return, we'll return, we will return"). It is also used by football fans in Japan (national team, Yokohama F. Marinos and other teams) and by fans of Sport Club Internacional football team in Brazil. In Hungary, fans of Diósgyőr, use the song with the neyt lyrics: "Amíg élek én, nem érdekel más, csak a Diósgyőr, csak a Diósgyőr, csak a Diósgyőr!".
- In 1997, Canadian band The Nils covered the song on their album Green Fields In Daylight.
- In 1999, punk rock band Apocalypse Hoboken covered the song on their album Inverse, Reverse, Perverse.
- In 1999, Barcelona covered the song and it appeared as the fifth track on the single for the song "Robot Trouble."
- In 2004, DJ Ötzi performed "You Never Walk Alone" which uses the chorus melody of "Pop Goes The World"
- In 2004, LMP covered the song in their box-set A Century of Song.
- In 2007, the song was covered by Canal Pop on the compilation Southern Waves: Argentinian Tribute To Classic Electropop.
- In 2011, The Burning Hell covered the song. The cover was released on the Zunior sampler Have Not Been the Same, Vol. 1: Too Cool to Live, Too Smart to Die. On the same band's 2016 album Public Library, bandleader Mathias Kom wrote the original song "Men Without Hats" as a tribute to the band's role in his childhood; the song's first verse describes the experience of going to a record store to buy the album Pop Goes the World, and quotes both the "Johnny played guitar and Jenny played bass" lyric and a piece of the instrumental line from this song.
- In 2012, Savoir Adore covered the song. The cover was subsequently featured in commercials for Tide Pods.
- "Austriancharts.at – Men Without Hats – Pop Goes the World" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- "Charts.org.nz – Men Without Hats – Pop Goes the World". Top 40 Singles.
- Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
- "Swedishcharts.com – Men Without Hats – Pop Goes the World". Singles Top 100.
- Pop Goes the World (song) at Discogs
- "Yokohama F. Marinos saposon" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on April 7, 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010.