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Given the somewhat flabbergasting nature of the band, its easy to overlook the music--but strange to say, given the homoerotic slant, their recordings remain a staple of everything from highschool proms to stadium sports events: fun, and funny, and excessive, and extremely memorable. The sound is aggressive, to say the least, and determinedly so, and all the hits are here, and all of it packed with as much unsubtle innuendo as possible. There's "YMCA," and who among us can't jump up and immediately do the contortions required to spell out the letters? Not to mention, of course, speculate on the impact the Village People might have had on that venerable organization. There's the notoriously homoerotic "Macho Man" and the infamous "In The Navy," which poses the musical question 'What am I going to do on a submarine?' Many of the more popular recordings are presented in what is described here as the 12" versions--and what more can we say about that? For the most part, each recording blends over into the next, so the whole thing plays like one long leather bar dance floor mix.Read more ›
The CD starts with their instant classic "Y.M.C.A.;" they sing this really well and the disco flavor of the music makes me want to dance! The tune has a great beat and I think you'll like this one, too, even if you're not a major Village People fan. Listen also for the twelve inch dance music version of "Macho Man;" this number celebrates masculinity and they sing this very well. The beat is solid and this is another great tune you can dance to easily.
"San Francisco (You've Got Me)" is both an ode to San Francisco and a song about the good quality of life for gay people in San Francisco; and "In Hollywood (Everybody Is A Star)" is a campy, fun tune about a guy's dreams of becoming a major Hollywood star! Many people will be able to relate to "In Hollywood (Everybody Is A Star);" and it's very well done with good percussion and great tempo changes all along the way.
"In The Navy" continues that Village People sound with a solid underlying beat and fun, campy lyrics that actually work rather well. There's also a twelve inch dance version of their incredible "Go West;" "Go West" was always one of my very favorite Village People numbers. "Go West" sounds relentlessly optimistic and very energetic. They sing and harmonize on "Go West" to perfection.
"Hot Cop" is a cool song about the seductive nature of a cop; and the album ends strong with the twelve inch version of "Y.M.C.A." Great!
Village People fans will love this generous CD with its mixture of regular length and twelve inch dance versions of classic Village People songs. Put this on the CD player and crank up the volume!
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Absolutely great I have always loved to listen to the Village PeoplePublished 27 days ago by roseann scannapico
It skipped a little but not much. it is a used library cd so it's probably been played a lot. Still good especially for the price.Published 4 months ago by Noodle