The Village People as you've never seen them before!

You probably thought the Village People packed it in after disco was declared dead. Not quite -- producer Jaques Morali had one more try at it, updating the Village People into some kind of nightmarish techno-pop band for this unfortunate 1981 release, Renaissance.

Like Boy George run amok, the once dignified Village People dress up like you've never seen them before. Look carefully: those men in the ridiculous outfits were once the Cop, the Indian, and the construction Worker we all came to know and love.

Despite their producer's efforts to remake the Village People, some of the tracks on this release retain that classic Village People pop sound. Still others attempt to mix in the new sounds of the 80's with the old sounds of 70's disco -- a combination that doesn't always work as well as planned.

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Food Fight (MP3) Reminds me of a cross between the Ramones and Devo. Can you imagine?
Diet (MP3) Number two in the "food trilogy": what to do if you've eaten too much of it.
Big Mac From hit song to hit jingle in record time? I think not.

Your Comments:

Jimmy Hunter (jimmy@jimmyhunter) says:
please be kind. we did what we were told and the producer was laying out tons of dough. i was the drummer on that album and you can see more at my web site if you dig in deep enough. the bass player is the late howie epstein from tom petty's band and other hot players i'll tell you about later (05-06-2003)

Duck ( says:
I had these songs in my head sooooooooo much that I ended getting a copy of the CD. Now I can actually say I have a bit of "guilty pleasure" in my music collection. And what's worse, I can't stop playing it. Thank you so VERY BLOODY MUCH, Frank (of Frank's Vinyl Museum)!!!
:) (04-18-2003)

jason says:
selling out? more like straight taking it up the ass...very sad....funny in a non-directly-derisive way...but sooooooooooooo about "nothing's better than a big cack!" whrrrrrrrrrrrRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!! (03-26-2003)

Shular ( says:
Well, now I know where Weird Al got some of his material. (02-04-2003)

Big Cowboy Fan says:
If you wanna get the BIG lowdown on the ORIGINAL Village People Cowboy, Randy Jones, visit his Official Website. (01-20-2003)

ChaosX ( says:
UM...Big Mac??? I hope he's talking about the sandwich and not some guy in a forest preserve..... (01-07-2003)

dick ( says:
Best record I've ever heard!!! I cant beleive it did'nt dominate the charts in '81!! Diet was an epic to be reckoned with. (01-05-2003)

John Michaelson says:
Oh my God, this has got to be the worst piece of crap music ever produced. I'm writing this as I'm listening to "Diet" and I can't believe I'm actually hearing this... It's unbelievable. This is...oh man! Just plain fucking horrible! And now I'm listening to Big Mac. Even worse... this is sick. Just plain sick and just the absolute worst. Good God. I know this crap was for real because I have been in he music business on and off and quite frankly I never heard this because by this time we had tired of VP records. And now I'm proud to say, I was never one of those who went out and wasted my $5.99 on this horribly disfigurment of pop music. Ugh! (12-29-2002)

The late GH says:

Is de laat still alive? if so, tell him to bring my stuff back. Good Luck Ritchie girls, you'll need it with him on tour with you, check your purses!!


Kevin says:
Nothing's better than a Big Mac! Man, unintentional comedy at it's finest here...I think I'm going to end up owning a VP album, as strange at it seems to me. (12-13-2002)

Yeh!! that sick SOB Johnn (11-14-2002)

Mrs Cornflakes says:
Hi Tom of NY - get a load of Johnn!! does he still owe you royalties on the MW pictures. I hear he may go to court for Libelous Remarks like this. I see him and MVK on the net, they spend all day behaving like third world tourists. I'll send the telephone number and address - see you at the next Ritchie Family Concert, guess Johnn will be there. w..e..a..r..e..w...a..t..c..h..i..n..y..o..u.!! (11-12-2002)

justiceleagueforever ( says:
You all got to remember that the Village People's album 'Rennaissance' is just an album concept. They do not change permanently. It is just to show that the Village People can do whatever they can or want to do. (11-08-2002)

Mike D says:
Dave, sorry, a collector found out about the poster from a friend of mine (small world!!) - I sent him the poster today. (11-07-2002)

Dave says:
Hi Mike D - I am interested in the poster for Glenn Hughes. There is no e-mail address, how do I contact you? (11-07-2002)

Mike says:
I have VP memorial poster from San Francisco remebering Glenn Hughes - anyone interested (free of charge - just pay postage please).

Mike D (11-06-2002)

Jamie Jones ( says:
Please don't use the phrase 'packed it in' when speaking of the Village People. (10-25-2002)

Jon Hynds ( says:
VP's "Renaissance" defined an era - late 70s - beginning of the 80s, fantastic '1981'. The Cold War was raging, Ronnie & Nancy had just begun their reign & no one knew about AIDS yet, how sweet it was to be so naive. Then a couple of years later the crap set in. (09-09-2002)

Jon Hynds ( says:
VP's "Renaissance" defined an era - late 70s - beginning of the 80s, fantastic '1981'. The Cold War was raging, Ronnie & Nancy had just begun their reign & no one knew about AIDS yet, how sweet it was to be so naive. Then a couple of years later the crap set in. (09-09-2002)

jimi pager says:
I would go as far as to say that looking back at the end of the 70's in retrospect this V.P. album could possibly be the first known effort at recording an alternative disco music record. And I do mean alternative. (08-29-2002)

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