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.
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.
How are you celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of this video? Oh, wait. Maybe we don't want to know.
Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...