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In the Navy
by Village People


A very enjoyable sub-'disco' track now, accompanied by a bit of naff reading.

I'm throwing in this hand grenade of an article, published in 2012 by the most dubious tabloid ever to have existed in the UK - The Sun - and seeing if it explodes. I personally think it leans towards a homophobic vibe in the way it highlights two of the participants in more modern times denying the origins of their lyrics, apparently. Your opinions would be interesting - feel free to comment:


Village People: Our songs are not gay
By Chris Pollard
19th October 2012, 11:00 pm (Updated: 6th April 2016, 6:34 am)
CAMP 'disco' icons 'Village People' stunned fans by insisting there were NO gay overtones to their music.

The '70s group was formed to appeal primarily to gay clubbers - and all six singers dressed as gay fantasy figures. Their biggest hit "YMCA" includes the lyrics: "They have everything for young men to enjoy, You can hang out with all the boys".

And "In the Navy" has the lines: "There is no need to wait, They're signing up new seamen fast".

Yet Felipe Rose, the original Native American character, said the group "are just a party band". And David 'Scar' Hodo, the group's construction worker, said "In The Navy" was just about enlisting.

Hodo, 65, added: "People always talk about the double entendres. There was not one double entendre in the music."

They made their claims to filmmaker Jamie Kastner for his documentary "The Secret Disco Revolution", which premiered at the London Film Festival.

He said of the interview: "It just screeched to a halt right there. I was incredulous."

The group - which also has a cowboy, a cop, a soldier and a leather-clad biker - sold 100million records and is still on tour.



Chris Pollard is one of those journalists who flies headlong into his work, often ruffling feathers and sometimes "getting his collar felt" for doing so. Two instances were his police arrest in 2013 for so-called stealing a mobile phone (he had decided to keep one given to him by a member of the public, instead of handing it in to police - it allegedly contained texts and photos suggesting a married high-profile celebrity was involved in an affair, and had behaved inappropriately on 'BBC' premises), and also his being detained by police at a mosque in London in 2016 (complaints had been made that he was causing public disorder by trying to put up a poster outside it offering a £25,000 reward for information about a missing terror suspect, Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed).

Focusing mainly on the record: as a single it got to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in America on May 19th 1979. In the UK, it had peaked at No. 2 for two weeks in March of that year, while spending 7 weeks within the Top 40.
1979 - Mercury Records - United States - From the album "Go West".
Posted: 9th June 2019
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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