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The Completist

Never afraid to duck an issue, Pete confronts the eternal question, does your collection of 80s 12-inch singles still justify a space on your shelves?

Pete Paphides is a music journalist, record collector and broadcaster. Catch him on Soho Radio every Tuesday, 12-2pm

For the first few seconds, it starts exactly as you remember. It’s 1983 again and an electro-pop beat du jour urges you to head for the dancefloor or – if you’ve seen the video – in pursuit of a handsome pied piper and his two friends. One of them appears to be the Timotei girl’s deranged sister and the other is a dwarf dressed as a jester. This is The Safety Dance, the hit enjoyed by Canadian synth-poppers Men Without Hats. You know the song. Nothing surprising here. But hang on a minute! What’s this? Why is the intro suddenly twice as long? And why is someone spelling out the song’s title in a manner more akin to a filler item on Sesame Street? And the first verse?! Why is he speaking the lyric? WHAT’S GOING ON?

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