The name of the song is “The Safety Dance,” released in 1982 by the Canadian synth-pop band Men Without Hats. Formed in Montreal in 1977 by lead singer Ivan Doroschuk, Men Without Hats started out as a punk rock group, whose sound had gone in a more new wave direction by 1980.
Doroschuk wrote the song in reaction to being kicked out of discos, telling Time Out Sydney that “It originated when I was getting kicked out of clubs for pogoing — for hitting the dance floor whenever they played Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’ or The B52’s’ ‘Rock Lobster.'” Pogoing was seen as more dangerous than more conventional disco dancing.
Initially recorded as part of Men Without Hats’ album “Rhythm of Youth,” the song was remixed for its single version, and it slowly but surely gained steam on the charts. Helped along by its eccentric, medieval-themed music video, by the end of 1983, “The Safety Dance” had become a massive, worldwide hit.
Several acts have recorded their own versions of “The Safety Dance,” including The Donnas and J Dilla. It was also included in an episode of “Glee.” As for Men Without Hats, Doroschuk has reformed the group to record and tour a handful of times after their initial breakup in 1993. They are currently on tour promoting their 2022 album “Again, Part 2” (via SafetyDance.com).