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Folk of the 80s (Part III) is the second studio album by Canadian synthpop group Men Without Hats, released in early 1984. The album reached #127 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart. It was the final Men Without Hats album to use the classic lineup of Ivan Doroschuk (vocals), Stefan Doroschuk (guitar), Colin Doroschuk (keyboards) and Allan McCarthy (keyboards) - McCarthy died of an AIDS-related illness in 1995.

Folk Of the 80s (Part III)
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Studio album by
Released21 September 1984 (Japan)
Recorded1983, Listen Audio, Montreal
GenreSynthpop
Length36:38
41:58 (2010 remaster)
LabelMCA
ProducerMarc Durand
Men Without Hats chronology
Rhythm of Youth
(1982)
Folk Of the 80s (Part III)
(1984)
Freeways
(1985)
Singles from Folk of the 80s (Part III)
  1. "Where Do the Boys Go?"
    Released: 1984
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During the recording process, "The Safety Dance" became big in America, requiring the band to put recording on hold and do a tour.

This album was re-released on CD in Canada in 1997 by Oglio Records as part of a "two-fer" including Rhythm of Youth.

It was also re-mastered and re-released in Canada in 2010 by Bulldog Brothers/Unidisc. In addition to the tracks on the LP, it also contains an extended version of "Where Do The Boys Go?". The extended version of "Where Do the Boys Go?" was intended to be used on the original CD release by Statik in 1984, but was left off.

Track listingEdit

For all songs: lyrics by Ivan Doroschuk, music by Ivan Doroschuk/Colin Doroschuk/Stefan Doroschuk/Allan McCarthy

  1. "No Dancing" – 2:09
  2. "Unsatisfaction" – 3:15
  3. "Where Do the Boys Go?" – 3:55
  4. "Mother's Opinion" – 8:48 (7:48 without false fade)
  5. "Eurotheme" – 2:40
  6. "Messiahs Die Young" – 4:20
  7. "I Know Their Name" – 3:55
  8. "Folk of the 80's" – 4:17
  9. "I Sing Last/Not for Tears" – 3:15
2010 remaster bonus track
  1. "Where Do the Boys Go?" (extended mix) – 6:20

On the original 1984 release and the 1997 twofer, "Mother's Opinion" faded out, then faded back in with a flange effect, a reference to Roxy Music (one of Ivan Doroschuk's favorite bands) having done something similar with the track "In Every Dream Home a Heartache" from their 1973 album For Your Pleasure. This section was removed from the 2010 remaster and did not appear on some international releases of the original LP release.

PersonnelEdit

  • Ivan Doroschuk – voice, electronics, guitars, percussion, piano
  • Allan McCarthy – electronics, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals
  • Stefan Doroschuk – guitars, electronics, backing vocals
  • Colin Doroschuk – electronics, voices

with:

  • Dixon Van Winkle – snare drum on "No Dancing"
  • Anne Dussault – backing vocals on "Where Do the Boys Go?"