Friday, August 04, 2006

Number 962 - Village People

Number 962

Village People

"YMCA"

(1978)
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Genre:Disco
Once again the "Fab 6" enter "The Definitive 1000 Songs Of All Time" for the 3rd time. Talk about Queer eye for the straight song!
Anyway as i have said before, you all dance to this when ya pissed .... so meh
Also see Number 973 & Number 988
The Song
The song, played in the key of F-sharp major, begins with a brass riff, backed by the constant pulse that typified disco. This video shows the song plus the lyrics. Many different instruments are used throughout for an overall orchestral feel, another disco convention, but it is brass that stands out.
"Y.M.C.A."'s other distinctive element is its vocal line, with its repeated "Young man!"
ecphonesis, sung by all band members, while Village People's lead singer Victor Willis handles the rest of the line alone. The last line of every verse, however, is sung by the group, leading into five sudden bursts of sound followed by the "It's fun to stay at the YMCA" chorus.
Producer Henri Belolo recalls that he saw the YMCA sign while walking down the street with composer Jacques Morali, who seemed to know the institution fairly well: "Henri, let me tell you something. This is a place where a lot of people go when they are in town. And they get good friends and they go out." And Henri got the idea: "Why don't we write a song about it?"
The song became a number one hit in many places (notably not in the
United States where it lost to Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"). It has remained popular at parties, events, and functions ever since.
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Nope, they were busy listening to George Michael) and the Album ranked at Number (C'mon be serious)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 52.3 out of 108
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