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Style Before Comfort is Key for Men Without Hats

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THE STORY BEHIND THE “MEN WITHOUT HATS” BAND NAME

Initially founded as a punk rock band in Montreal in 1977, the band adopted its definitive name and a new musical genre in 1979. At that time, the group’s name came under the impulse of the Doroschuk brothers: Ivan, Stefan, and Colin. Before the band creation, following a self-described principle of “style before comfort”, the three brothers refused to wear hats during the cold winters in Canada and called themselves already “the men without hats” on that time. This is where the band’s name finally comes from.

MEN WITHOUT HATS IN A NUTSHELL

Formed: 1977, Montréal, Quebec,

Genre: Synthpop, New Wave, Pop, Power Pop, Alternative Rock

Greatest hit: ‘The Safety Dance’ (1983) – Charted:  11,  3,  6,  2, and also reached the top ten in various other European countries. It was rated the 11th biggest-selling single of the year in South Africa in 1983.