” Pop Goes the World ” is by Men Without Hats, the Canadian new wave/synthpop group. The group was formed in 1977 in Montreal, the largest city in the Québec province of Canada.
Originally a punk rock band, the line-up consisted of Ivan Doroschuk on lead vocals, Pete Seabrooke on guitar, Dave Hill on bass and John Gurin on drums.
Men Without Hats are best known for their 1983 hit single ” Safety Dance “, which reached number eleven in their native Canada and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. In the United Kingdom, the song peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart.
Their debut album, Rhythm of Youth, released on the 20th of March 1982, sold 100,000 units in Canada, making the album Platinum.
After the group took a break from recording for most of the 1990s and 2000s, the band was reformed by Ivan Doroschuk in 2010. Two years later they released their seventh studio album, Love in the Age of War. Now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, they continue to perform.
” Pop Goes the World ” was written by Ivan Doroschuk with production for the single by Zeus B. Held, the German music producer and musician. Zeus has worked with a variety of artists from the 70s, 80s and 90s including Birth Control, Rockets, Gina X Performance, Dead Or Alive, John Foxx, Fashion, Spear Of Destiny and Transvision Vamp.
In addition to his experience as a producer, his knowledge of the piano and other instruments made Zeus a well-respected arranger in the industry. In 1999 he co-wrote ” Der Poetenclub “, recorded by Nina Hagen which also features the voice of Falco, Austrian singer, songwriter and rapper. Falco is best known for his huge 1985 worldwide hit ” Rock Me Amadeus “.
” Pop Goes the World ” was released in October 1987 by record label Mercury Records ( Universal Music Group ) and taken as the lead single from the group’s third studio album of the same name.
The album, released on the 29th of June 1987, was certified Platinum in Canada. One of the tracks features a guest appearance from English rock band Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson. He plays the flute on ” On Tuesday “, the third track on the album. Two other singles from the album were released, ” Moonbeam ” and ” O Solo Mio “. Neither of which were successful.
Lyrically the song tells a story of ” Johnny ” and ” Jenny,” two members of a band called ” The Human Race “. The story is part of the Concept album, the story of the characters is told through the tracks. They embark on a quest to find fame in the music industry, although at one point there is a realisation that Johnny and Jenny could make ” more money on a movie screen ” rather than the music business.
The accompanying music video was directed by Tim Pope, the British director. One of Tim’s first commissions as a director was the 1981 single ” Bedsitter ” by Soft Cell, the English synthpop duo. The song reached number four on the UK Singles Chart in 1981.
Tim went on to produce videos for the likes of The Cure, The Psychedelic Furs, Kim Wilde, Dead Or Alive, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Neil Young, Queen, Talk Talk, Bonnie Tyler and The Stranglers. Tim directed the 50th birthday celebration of David Bowie held at Madison Square Gardens in 1997, working closely with the singer.
” Pop Goes the World ” was a commercial success for Men Without Hats. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number twenty on the Billboard Hot 100, spending twenty-one weeks on the chart there. It also reached a peak of number twenty-seven on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart.
The song didn’t chart in the United Kingdom but charted in Austria, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and Sweden.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 20
UK Highest Chart Position: N/A
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1, Canada (RPM) 2, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 15, South Africa 3, Spain (AFYVE) 11, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 2
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