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The Village People

The Village People were a novelty disco band of the late 1970s. The overtly gay group were as well known for their outrageous on-stage costumes (the members dressing up as a police officer, an American Indian chief, a construction worker, and a sailor) as for their catchy tunes and lyrics, which had fairly blatant gay themes which seemed to be missed by much of the straight community - for instance, their hit "In The Navy" was actually considered by the United States Navy for use in a recruiting advertising campaign until the organisation, said to be homophobic at the time, actually realised the joke was on them.

Their other hits included "Macho Man", and "YMCA", a song about the YMCA. A dance involving forming these four letters is still popular at office functions and college parties more than twenty years later, ensuring the song continued recognition and popularity.

The group also appeared in their feature film Can't Stop the Music[?], directed by Nancy Walker[?], written by Allan Carr[?] and Bronte Woodard[?]; and starring Steve Guttenberg[?], Valerie Perrine, Bruce Jenner[?], and The Village People.

The real names of the Village People are:

  • Victor Willis (the cop, original)
  • Ray Simpson (the cop, replacement)
  • David "Scar" Hodo (the construction worker)
  • Glenn Hughes (the leatherman)
  • Alexander Briley (the G.I.)
  • Randy Jones (the cowboy)
  • Felipe Rose (the Indian)

Village People singer Glenn Hughes died of cancer on March 4, 2001. He is no relation to Glenn Hughes, the former Deep Purple bassist and vocalist.

See also Happatai[?].



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