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Men Without Hats - Pop Goes The World (1987)

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"Pop Goes the World" is a song recorded by the Canadian new wave/synthpop group Men Without Hats. It was released in October ...

"Pop Goes the World" is a song recorded by the Canadian new wave/synthpop group Men Without Hats. It was released in October 1987 as the lead single from the album of the same name. The song reached No. 1 in Austria, and No. 2 in Canada and Sweden. It was originally written as an electronic instrumental. The song has been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Content

The song tells the story of "Johnny" and "Jenny," the two members of a musical group called "The Human Race" on their quest for fame in the industry. However, at one point the lyrics note that they come to the realization that they could make "more money on a movie screen." The members' instruments of choice vary throughout the song, though Johnny is primarily a guitarist and Jenny is a bassist.

Music video

The music video for the song features lead singer Ivan Doroschuk who tells the story of "Johnny," played by guitarist Stefan Doroschuk (impersonating Elvis Presley), and "Jenny," portrayed by an unknown actress playing a left-handed Höfner 500/1 bass. The two are seen dancing around a bubble-filled stage along with numerous other characters including a keyboard-playing baby and Bonhomme (the mascot of Quebec City's annual Winter Carnival). The word "Pop!", in writing reminiscent of a comic book, appears periodically on-screen in time with popping noises that punctuate the song. The video was released in 1988 in the CD Video format.

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