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:

Emilio says:
From this album I remember the song "Do You Wanna Spend The Night", a minor hit in Brazil. (08-23-2002)

e v e says:
i think, with 'Food Fight', we are witnessing the genesis of Rodney Anonymous of The Dead Milkmen!! (ie. 'Big Time Operator').....

the following two songs are so incredible!! do you think the producer intended 'Diet' to make it on the health/exercise kick?! not a far stretch from sweaty gay disco to sweaty 80's aerobics class.....

'Big Mac'!! duh. i just want to call attention to, 'Walking On The Sun' by Smash Mouth. talk about pre-made commercial dribble!! way to GO..... (08-15-2002)

Daredevil6 ( says:
Stop, please. Just stop! Impossibly, I am stirred to both hunger and nausea. All I need is a Big Mac. And a brick. (08-09-2002)

Renaissance is great album, so much to tell about, also wants to warn al VP members for a guy named malcolm perrin from united kingdom, he and his partner at that time stole from my VP collection, many very rare items, don't trust this person, he is no good and NEVER EVER let him into your house and NEVER EVER show him your Village People collection, it will be damaged forever!!! MALCOLM PERRIN IS A THIEF!!!!!!!!!!
and acts like he is your best friend!!!!!!!!!!

Extream says:
EVEL IS THE MAN! (07-16-2002)

nodboy says:
The funniest thing about this stuff (especially 'Diet') is how damned SINCERE they sound! There's no trace of humour or irony... just four of five faggots pouring their hearts out into their last shot. It's so sad.
Thank God for disco nostalgia, the VPs always say... (07-14-2002)

Schraff ( says:
My third thought: Depeche Mode has *nothing* to worry about. (03-29-2002)

Schraff ( says:
My first thought: What the heck do those two gorgeous nancy boys in the foreground have to do with the band?
My second thought: Who cares? (03-29-2002)

rac1969ph says:
Far out Village People album. I am looking for the Village People song "Give Me Your Hand" and will buy or trade any stuff related to VIllage People. Contact me at Thanks. (03-15-2002)

chris says:
Listen close: "Big Mac" borrows a riff from Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" just before the end. (02-06-2002)

Tim ( says:
Who else remembers The VP's pushing this album on Tom Snyder's "Tommorrow" show? (01-11-2002)

Marzell Holmes ( says:
Renaissance is a fantastic CD.
Perhaps the greatest statement ever made about the place of food in the late-disco-era popular imagination. The contrasting opinions of 'Diet' and 'Big Mac' point out the conflicted feelings in these early days of Reagan's 80s. Do they WANT food or SHUN it? In the end, they decide to toss all their cares away via a 'Food Fight.' If anyone ever better captured what it meant to be young and hungry in the late 70s and early 80s, I haven't yet heard it.
Brilliance on all levels. (12-16-2001)

David Coppola ( says:
Hey,I've got some VP videos(2 from Renaisance)if anyone is interested. (12-05-2001)

patrick santos ( says:
Hey people please give my the news for hollywood project untitiled village people movie (11-26-2001)

VP Original Cowboy Randy Jones ( says:
Check out the OFFICIAL WEBSITE of the ORIGINAL COWBOY of VILLAGE PEOPLE, Randy Jones, (11-18-2001)

David Coppola(Village Guys) ( says:
For sure a change of pace,I've seen the 2 videos from the album,I think in tha beginning of the 80s everyone either was "new" or trying to reinvent themselves,much like hard rockers turning "disco"in the late 70s.Still though,it is no wonder that they don't perform any of these songs on their tours now! (10-24-2001)

patrick santos ( says:
Please millions on people vote for village people addicted on rock and roll hall fame village people is very changed face on music jacques morali is genuis. (10-16-2001)

patrick santos ( says:
Alex bridley are frank sinatra voice alex i love you , you are special man. (10-16-2001)

patrick santos ( says:
My is member on fan club on village people miss you glenn my mother i love feipe rose is very gentle man and david very cool guy and ray simpson king voice please joigne the fan club hey village people visit montreal je suis francais comme jacques morali ecrivez moi bye. (10-16-2001)

Village Person says:
Wonder why we're so obsessed with food? We had to starve ourselves for weeks to squeeze into those tight leather pants! (10-15-2001)

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