Whenever we hear the letters “Y,” “M,” “C,” or “A,” it is hard not to think of The Village People. A disco group made up of an Indian, a police officer, a construction worker, a cowboy, a military man, a biker and, on occasion, a sailor, it’s fair to say that this group of people were about as original as they come. Selling over 85 million albums and spawning such hits as “Macho Man” and “In the Navy,” the music of the Village People is still a staple at wedding receptions and high school dances everywhere. But as for the people themselves – the people behind the Y, the M, the C, and the A – where did they go? Did the cowboy ride off into the sunset or the biker find himself leader of the Hell’s Angels? Well, not exactly, but you might be surprised to find out that The Village People are still around….and singing.
The Village People were brought to the scene to launch a new kind of disco music and a unique way of performing that had never been done before: it doesn’t just take a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to make macho men with mustaches a hit.
At the end of 1979, The Village People appeared to be a 1970’s fad, and indeed they found themselves most popular during this era. But, the 1980’s didn’t forget about the men who made YMCA a household acronym. The decade that belonged to new wave music saw The Village People appear in a movie – one that was, granted, ill received – and release both minor and sub-major successful club hits. In the mid 1980’s, the Village People took a break from performing and creating music; they reunited for a comeback tour in 1993.
Upon their comeback, the 1990’s saw The Village People resting somewhat on their laurels – as they focused on their past hits – but it turns out their laurels were a good place to rest. In 1994, they were asked to join the German National Football team to sing the World Cup theme song, “All the way in America.” Ten years later, the group found themselves touring in Berlin then moving on to serve as the opening act for Cher’s Farewell Tour.
In 2006, The Village People were asked to be headliners at the Asbury Park’s Gay Pride festival in June and opened for Los Lonely Boys in Texas on the Fourth of July. They also performed at the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and at the Hard Rock Café in the Dominican Republic.
The Village People have always been random – if anything – and their appearances attest to this: The Village People could appear just about anywhere from a local bar to the White House and they are sure to pop up randomly in years to come. In summer 2007, they will celebrate their 30th anniversary and, it’s safe to say, they may still be just getting started.