Friday, October 23, 2015

The world's greatest music video is now 30 years old

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 12:06 AM

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For their ninth and final studio album, the Village People got back into costume and made a great music video about a then-new form of safer sex — "credit card dirty phone calls," to quote Wikipedia. The song hit 59 on the UK charts before being banned, and didn't get a chance at being banned in the US, as no one much seemed to care for the imaginatively dressed disco superstars' work in the mid 1980s. 
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There was an album released of the same name, but it went nowhere. The Internet is a great place for long-forgotten things, of course. I first heard of the video for the song on a thread from 2006 on the Internet message board ILX.
The video has taken on a life of its own, and this current posting of it on YouTube (hosted on the group's own channel) has seen almost three million hits since 2008. I love the weird innocence and silly acting undertaken by everyone in it, especially the band members. And the still image of the army guy, up top; that's just genius.
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How are you celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of this video? Oh, wait. Maybe we don't want to know.

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