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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

RENAISSANCE


by the Village People


RCA RECORDS
AFLI 4104
1981
STEREO





SIDE A:

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5 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING
DO YOU WANNA SPEND THE NIGHT
FIREMAN
JUNGLE CITY


SIDE B:

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ACTION MAN
BIG MAC
DIET
FOOD FIGHT



Editor's note: I found this in a 50 cent bin at a local library about 6 months ago or so and kept passing it up because it was "too mainstream" for this blog. Then I got to thinking about it and decided that nobody probably ever heard of this outside of Village People fanatics. Most of them are probably either deceased, in nursing homes or too embarrassed to say that they ever liked the Village People. Outisde of the few songs I've heard on the radio by them I have no clue about their career or music. Which is why I decided to get this anyway.

You know what? I like it! The first side is bad as in all 80s music was mostly rubbish compounded by the technology of the time. I'm actually more surprised that I never heard any of the first half on the radio at some point. Anyhow, unlike other reviewers I think it's passable music that you wouldn't rush out to purchase on remastered CD but you also wouldn't switch it off the radio if you were merely listening for background noise. Hell, you might even enjoy a few.

The second side, however, is where it's at! "Action Man" is a cross-breed of vintage VP with a Devo-ian influence during the solo, which when taken on its own is "progress" in a natural way. Then you get to "Big Mac" and the brilliance of the low-down lyric made my day. Yes, they are singing about the illustrious Big Mac as an old stand-by to their otherwise decadent lifestyle. "Nothing's better than a Big Mac!" That's what I'm talking about! The irony of BM segues into "diet" which is what it sounds like: a song suggesting that your fat ass better get your body in shape before you die! Haha. Brilliant!

Had enough raucous good-time, yet? Well, "Food Fight" is as fun as it sounds. A punk anthem in the vein of early XTC that surprisingly never caught on with some squids at the high school level. My daughter will definitely be introduced to this song and she can convince some love-struck fool to follow throw on this Anarchist Cookbook for good shenanigans.





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