The Best of Village People displays that they were a great party band, and a reminder of just how silly, camp, and dumb they were. Their songs remain anthems for stadiums and awkward drunken dancing at wedding receptions. Come on, everyone’s had to suffer through watching their older relatives embarrass themselves trying to do the dance to “YMCA.”
Twelve songs is already an amount of Village People that’s pushing it for the casual fan, and the two album-versions of evergreen tracks “In the Navy” and “YMCA” are superfluous. The Best of Village People still finds all of their major songs, including the chanting “Macho Man” and elegiac “Go West,” in one place next to lesser-known singles, “Ready for the 80s” and “Can’t Stop the Music.” This is all well and good, but do songs like “Hot Cop” and “Fire Island” really qualify as “the best” this group has to offer?
That’s the major rub with this best of collection: there’s just not enough material to justify even twelve songs, never mind repeating two of them to bloat it out to fourteen songs and 75 minutes. All you really need is about an EP’s worth of material to get your gayest disco inferno imaginable. That’s the problem with a group that’s basically a living cartoon, too much exposure to it and the novelty rubs off revealing the thinness of the idea/material in the first place.
Or maybe you just won’t pay close enough attention while the disco beats keep pumping and the party keeps bumping.
DOWNLOAD: “Macho Man”