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Album: Pop Goes the World
# Song Title   Time
1)    Intro More Info...
2)    Pop Goes The World More Info...
3)    On Tuesday More Info...
4)    Bright Side Of The Sun More Info...
5)    O Sole Mio More Info...
6)    Lose My Way More Info...
7)    The Real World More Info...
8)    Moonbeam More Info...
9)    In The Name Of Angels More Info...
10)    La Valse D'eugenie More Info...
11)    Jenny Wore Black More Info...
12)    Intro / Walk On Water More Info...
13)    The End (Of The World) More Info...
 

Album: Pop Goes the World
# Song Title   Time
1)    Intro More Info...
2)    Pop Goes The World More Info...
3)    On Tuesday More Info...
4)    Bright Side Of The Sun More Info...
5)    O Sole Mio More Info...
6)    Lose My Way More Info...
7)    The Real World More Info...
8)    Moonbeam More Info...
9)    In The Name Of Angels More Info...
10)    La Valse D'eugenie More Info...
11)    Jenny Wore Black More Info...
12)    Intro / Walk On Water More Info...
13)    The End (Of The World) More Info...
 
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  • Wacky popstars Men Without Hats made their name with "The Safety Dance," and this album from 1987 is a 13 track continuation of their sound.
  • Personnel: Ivan Dorschuk (vocals); Johhny (guitar); Ian Anderson (flute); Lenny Pinkas (keyboards); J. Bonhomme (drums).
  • Audio Mixers: Men Without Hats; Paul Northfield.
  • Recording information: England.
  • Men Without Hats broke big with their 1982 debut, Rhythm of Youth. Though they never maintained that level of success, their third album Pop Goes the World was a smart, well-crafted, woefully underrated offering. The album chronicles the quest for and backlash of fame on songs like the title track, on which Ivan sings "Johnny and Jenny had a crazy dream/See their pictures in a magazine." Perhaps it was a way of dealing with the band's sudden success/failure, particularly on "Lose My Way" and "The Real World.." Thankfully, a wild sense of humor and a heartbreaking poignancy keeps the album from becoming too serious. Additionally, each song is vastly different: there are some lullabies ("Moonbeam"), some anthems ("Jenny Wore Black"), and some dirges ("Bright Side of the Sun" -- which is criminally short, adding to its power). Cartoonish but dark, this album marries wide-eyed innocence with cynicism in its recurring themes (celebrity, loss, rejuvenation, the vastness of our world) and characters (Jenny and Johnny, who are credited with bass and guitar, respectively). It takes a few listens to fully absorb the stories and lessons interwoven in Pop Goes the World's synthesizer-driven, somewhat goofy, sometimes somber cuts. Though there are some quirky aspects to the album (from the intro with a beckoning voice like that of Newcleus' helium-driven "Jam on It" to an intro to "Walk on Water" that sounds like a faraway voice on a hissing vinyl album), nothing seems gimmicky. Overall, the album is solid, smart, haunting, and complete. ~ Bryan Buss
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