Village People were an all-male pop group who embraced gay culture, dressed in distinctive colourful costumes and delivered life-affirming disco anthems like YMCA, In the Navy and Go West. Randy Jones was part of the original line-up that was brought together by producers Henri Belolo - whose death was announced this week - and Jacques Morali in the late 's. Randy played the cowboy, alongside a Native American, a construction worker, a biker, a cop and a GI. He told BBC Radio 5 Live how he was approached by the producers after coming off stage in a New York club wearing nothing but a codpiece, and said it was a combination of his moves and his moustache that won him the role. Main content.
Randy Jones (singer)
BBC Radio 5 live - In Short, 'We like your tache': How I joined Village People
The achievement of having a song chart on Billboard is enormously prodigious in itself, however celebrating a hit on the charts approaching the eve of the 40th anniversary of the first time you appeared on the charts ever, is triumphant. Randy Jones, the original cowboy of the "Village People" is the only member of the disco phenomena recognized for their onstage costumes representing American masculine cultural stereotypes, who has charted as a solo artist, with his newest release, "Hard Times". With barely a moment to breathe, I was fortunate enough to catch Randy in New York. It was an exceptionally humid August day as I sat on the electric blue and white striped couch, sipping my ginger ale brimming with ice and adorned with a chartreuse lime. I observed the eclectic decor, the variations of Ivy climbing the walls of the outside enclosure, the brick floors, and burnt orange and turquoise fireplace, thinking that nothing matched, yet it all worked. Ultimately Randy sauntered in, tall and full of smiles, looking not very different than he did 40 years ago, proudly giving out his new re-mixed CD to myself and the restaurant hostess.
Interview: Randy Jones: "Still Making Noise"
The Village People were the clown princes of the disco era, even though a majority of their audience were not clued into the joke. In the summer of , record producer Jacques Morali saw a group of men dressed in macho costumes dancing together at 12 West, a Greenwich Village disco. In the days following, Morali got together with his business partner Henri Belolo and songwriters Phil Hurtt and Peter Whitehead to write songs such as "Village People" and "San Francisco" with suggestive, gay subculture lyrics for a yet-to-be-formed band based on the dancers he saw. Morali was soon in the studio putting together an album using studio musicians and singers. The non existent group was signed to Casablanca Records when their songs stirred up the dancing shoes of people in both gay and straight clubs.
The show is billed as an unauthorized musical parody of the popular phone app. According to press notes, the production aims to celebrate the "eponymous gay hook-up app that has sweepingly altered the course of modern gay intimacy. According to producers, their stories also explore "many issues of great depth that have become common themes as the human heart struggles to catch up with the age of the smart phone.