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boognish

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« on: 09-28-2004 03:41 »

In the commentary track for "Futurestock" , one of the commentators mentions that the episode contains the first of several references to Safety Dance on down the line. Am I the only one who never heard Safety Dance outside of Futurestock?
Hedonism Bot

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« Reply #1 on: 09-28-2004 03:43 »

I'd never heard of it either.
Jaswahhihi

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« Reply #2 on: 09-28-2004 04:33 »

Ive downloaded it over the net and it sounds nothing like the way the 80s guy sings it
Teral

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« Reply #3 on: 09-28-2004 04:35 »

In Futurama, no I don't remember other Safety Dance references. I'm sure the commentator was joking.

Outside Futurama I heard it plenty of times during the 80's.
Tweek

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« Reply #4 on: 09-28-2004 06:48 »

I remember the eighties, I do not remember the Safety Dance... thankfully  tongue
feralHuman

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« Reply #5 on: 09-28-2004 08:18 »

Homer did a parody of it in one Simpsons ep. Was it the ep. where he took charge of Springfield security or something?

"You can dance!You can dance! Everybody look at your pants!", then he did...

The eighties rule! hehe
David A

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« Reply #6 on: 09-28-2004 08:33 »

Wow, Tweek is unaware of yet another aspect of pop culture.  What a surprise.
Impossible

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« Reply #7 on: 09-28-2004 13:13 »

 
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Originally posted by Jaswahhihi:
Ive downloaded it over the net and it sounds nothing like the way the 80s guy sings it
To my knowledge - there's a possibility I may be wrong - there are 2 different versions of The Safety Dance. The one That Guy sings is the one I am not familar with - according to a friend of mine, the band spell out S-A-F-E-T-Y in it, and then they do the little tune that That Guy sings.

Just my two cents  wink
boingo2000

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« Reply #8 on: 09-28-2004 14:18 »

 
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Originally posted by Impossible:
To my knowledge - there's a possibility I may be wrong - there are 2 different versions of The Safety Dance. The one That Guy sings is the one I am not familar with - according to a friend of mine, the band spell out S-A-F-E-T-Y in it, and then they do the little tune that That Guy sings.

I think that's the techno remix.  I've heard Safety Dance lots of times, because of Canadian Content broadcast laws.  (Men Without Hats is a Canadain band.)
boognish

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« Reply #9 on: 09-28-2004 17:10 »

he didnt sound like he was joking on the commentary. he said in several other episodes down the line they reference back to safety dance. another interesting commentary story : in the commentary for Amazon Women in the Mood, Maurice LaMarche talks about a Star Trek outtake where Shatner mispronounces sabotage, very funny story. In the Where No Fan Has Gone Before deleted scene, Zapp Brannigan mispronounces the word in the same manner. Man I wish they'd left that in.
LoveForFry

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« Reply #10 on: 09-28-2004 17:53 »

 
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Originally posted by feralHuman:
"You can dance!You can dance! Everybody look at your pants!", then he did...


yes, I remeber that now...
  smile
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« Reply #11 on: 09-28-2004 18:10 »

Wasn't that the dance that actually caused injuries in the 80's because people were doing it to much? Any catchy tune and you can old people to hurt themselves.
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« Reply #12 on: 09-28-2004 18:40 »

 
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Originally posted by Squeaky:
Wasn't that the dance that actually caused injuries in the 80's because people were doing it to much? Any catchy tune and you can old people to hurt themselves.
that was slam dancing,there was a song called saftey dance,sung by some guys called men withought hats.
Squeaky

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« Reply #13 on: 09-28-2004 19:08 »

I heard the song  and the band "Men Without Hats" before but the first part of your post answers my question.
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« Reply #14 on: 09-28-2004 20:31 »

I guess I'm one of the select few whose heard it, well sorta.  Weird Al actually did a parody of it call 'Brady Bunch'  That's the only reason I know the tune.  Incidently, if anyone's interested here's a small preview of it:
 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00000HZYC/qid=1096417595/sr=8-6/ref=pd_ka_6/103-6176944-7332661?v=glance&s=music&n=507846  or the original :
 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000005RHA/qid=1096417820/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-6176944-7332661?v=glance&s=music
From I could find out, it was like everyone else said; sang by 'Men Without Hats'

If ignorance if bliss, you'd think more people would be happy when you tell them they're an idiot!
Whoopwhoopwhoop

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« Reply #15 on: 09-28-2004 21:16 »

The safety dance was indeed, not safe...
ooy

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« Reply #16 on: 09-28-2004 22:03 »

 
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Originally posted by NoWonder:
 
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Originally posted by Squeaky:
Wasn't that the dance that actually caused injuries in the 80's because people were doing it to much? Any catchy tune and you can old people to hurt themselves.
that was slam dancing,there was a song called saftey dance,sung by some guys called men withought hats.

or now their called "men without jobs"

Squeaky

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« Reply #17 on: 09-29-2004 02:31 »

^
How ironicly true.
David A

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« Reply #18 on: 09-29-2004 03:01 »

That's not ironic, it's just mean.
DotheBartman

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« Reply #19 on: 09-29-2004 03:25 »

 
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Originally posted by Whoopwhoopwhoop:
The safety dance was indeed, not safe...

The great "Safety Dance" tradgedy of '87....the town of Middleton, Iowa would never be the same again.  So tragic, so many lives lost.

Anyways, to be honest I think I've only ever heard this song in the Futurama and Simpsons jokes.  Which means I have very little to add to this discussion.

Zoidberg227

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« Reply #20 on: 09-29-2004 03:39 »

I think I first heard the song when, strangely enough, I was looking for They Might be Giants songs, in meathods we aren't allowed to discuss here.  roll eyes  I enjoyed it thoroughly, as did my best friend, also a big TMBG fan.  We enjoyed the music video associated with the song even more.  Of course, imagine my joy when That Guy referenced the song on the show.  A nerd's heaven, I tell you!
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« Reply #21 on: 09-29-2004 03:42 »

 
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Originally posted by feralHuman:
Homer did a parody of it in one Simpsons ep. Was it the ep. where he took charge of Springfield security or something?

Actually, it was from a Season 12 episode entitled "Bye Bye Nerdie", when he became Springfield's leading baby-proofer... For the record, the episode's pretty crappy.   tongue
ShortRoundMcfly

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« Reply #22 on: 09-29-2004 05:57 »

That's strange, most of you act like you have never heard it, I have heard dozens of times probably and seen the music video a few times too.

It's supposed to be some kind of satire about nuclear holocaust, apparently.
TheLesbianLeela

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« Reply #23 on: 09-29-2004 09:04 »
« Last Edit on: 09-29-2004 09:04 »

   
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Originally posted by boognish:
In the commentary track for "Futurestock" , one of the commentators mentions that the episode contains the first of several references to Safety Dance on down the line.
I don't have the DVDs yet, so could you (or another DVD-owner) please write down the full quote here?
   
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Originally posted by Jaswahhihi:
Ive downloaded it over the net and it sounds nothing like the way the 80s guy sings it
I was a bit surprised that a business-man like Steve Castle ("That Guy" ) is even listening to MwH. Read the lyrics of their song "I like" and you'll understand (that MwH were not really friend of guys like Steve - who are talking much words without a meaning).

... also why should Steve know the exact rythm of Safety Dance?

... also there is a Single- and a Maxi-version of Safety Dance.




Edit: The official homepage of Men without Hats.
KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #24 on: 09-29-2004 16:15 »

Safety Dance was a one-hit wonder song from the 1980's.  I remember it well.  It was one of my favorite songs when I was a kid. 
boingo2000

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« Reply #25 on: 09-29-2004 16:19 »

 
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Originally posted by ShortRoundMcfly:
It's supposed to be some kind of satire about nuclear holocaust, apparently.

Is that what's going on the video?  I always though they just had no budget and so went to the local Ren Fest.
Teral

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« Reply #26 on: 09-29-2004 16:30 »

 
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Originally posted by TheLesbianLeela:
     
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Originally posted by boognish:
In the commentary track for "Futurestock" , one of the commentators mentions that the episode contains the first of several references to Safety Dance on down the line.
I don't have the DVDs yet, so could you (or another DVD-owner) please write down the full quote here?

Jeff Westbrook: "This is the first of our many references to Safety Dance. A number is coming up in future episodes, so hang in there."

Considering Westbrook didn't even write "Futurestock" and the laughing accompaning his comment, I still take it as a joke. Also the fact that the only other instant of Safety Dancy I remember was when That Guy was elected CEO.

 
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Originally posted by Jaswahhihi:
Ive downloaded it over the net and it sounds nothing like the way the 80s guy sings it
I was a bit surprised that a business-man like Steve Castle ("That Guy" ) is even listening to MwH. Read the lyrics of their song "I like" and you'll understand (that MwH were not really friend of guys like Steve - who are talking much words without a meaning).

... also why should Steve know the exact rythm of Safety Dance?

I don't think he was a fan or anything, but he probably (much like me) heard it countless times on the radio/TV or at one of his yuppie parties. Enough to memorize it, without actually know anything about the band (again much like me).

Don't confuse not caring with not knowing!
David A

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« Reply #27 on: 09-29-2004 16:50 »

 
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Originally posted by TheLesbianLeela:
I was a bit surprised that a business-man like Steve Castle ("That Guy" ) is even listening to MwH. Read the lyrics of their song "I like" and you'll understand (that MwH were not really friend of guys like Steve - who are talking much words without a meaning).

... also why should Steve know the exact rythm of Safety Dance?

He's from the 80s.  Everyone from the 80s knows "Safety Dance".

Well, everyone but Tweek.

 
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Originally posted by boingo2000:
 Is that what's going on the video?  I always though they just had no budget and so went to the local Ren Fest.

Yeah, that's what I thought.  The only other MWH video I can remember ("Pop Goes the World" ) was pretty low-budget too.

Fun trivia fact: The dwarf in the "Safety Dance" video is Mike Edmonds.
ouch

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« Reply #28 on: 09-30-2004 02:50 »

Futurama would have been better with more eighties influence. Although the 70's influence it had was nice.

#1 80's joke on Futurama: "I'm a big robot, and I need a big cereal!"
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