The Village People

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A novelty disco band of the late 1970's. The overtly gay group were as well known for their outrageous on-stage costumes (each member dressing up as a police officer, an American Indian chief, a construction worker, and a sailor) as for their catchy tunes and lyrics, which had fairly blatant gay themes which seemed to be missed by much of the straight community - for instance, their hit In The Navy was actually considered by the United States Navy for use in a recruiting advertising campaign until the homophobic organisation actually realised the joke was on them.

Their other hits included Macho Man, and YMCA, a song about the YMCA. A dance involving forming these four letters is still popular at office functions and college parties more than twenty years later, ensuring the song continued recognition and popularity.