Rhythm of Youth

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Rhythm of Youth
Studio album by Men Without Hats
Released March 20, 1982
Recorded January-March 1982
Studio Listen Audio, Montreal, Quebec
Genre Synthpop
  • 34:05 (original Canada LP release)
  • 36:18 (original US LP release)
  • 42:08 (original US MC release)
  • 53:11 (original UK CD release)
  • 57:45 (2010 CD remaster)
Producer Marc Durand
Men Without Hats chronology
Folk of the 80's
Rhythm of Youth
Folk of the 80's (Part III)
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 Statik Records in Europe and Canada and in 1983 on Backstreet Records in the US. 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]

Release history[edit]

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

In 1985, the album was released on CD in Europe by Statik Records, featuring the Folk of the 80's EP (albeit including the single edit of "Antarctica") and the extended mix of "The Safety Dance" as bonus tracks. It 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) and the single edit of "Antarctica".

In 2010, the album was remastered and reissued in Canada by the band's label, Bulldog Brothers, featuring the original US track list (with "Antarctica" replaced with "Living in China") and including all the tracks from both the US and UK LP releases, plus a demo version of "Ban the Game" (known as "Ban the Game II"), an extended mix of "I Got the Message" and a club mix of "The Safety Dance".

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ivan Doroschuk unless otherwise noted.

Canada LP and UK CD
No. Title Writer(s) Length
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



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



External links[edit]