Victor Willis, one of the founders of 1970's disco-inducing Village People, is giving the band a reboot.
Created in 1977, the Village People have become synonymous with creating incredibly cheesy, yet dangerously toe-tapping music. With hits such as 'In The Navy', 'Macho Man', and of course 'Y.M.C.A.' in their back-catalogue, the group have provided many an opportunity for us to embrace the cheeseboard and get us to the dance floor.
Now, founding member of the 1970's outfit Victor Willis, has said that he's bringing the group back for a reboot. According the an interview Willis gave the BBC, he's creating new members for his new ensemble, saying it's "not a reunion, but to reboot the group. To have to get new characters."
In the original Village People line-up there was the GI Joe, the construction worker, the biker, the cowboy, the Native American and of course Willis as the cop. The group was created in New York by Willis and French producers Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo, and they enjoyed massive success worldwide.
However, Willis' journey to this point has been less than a dream. He left the outfit while the Village People were on the rise in 1979, and battled years of substance abuse since. Now, after many changes to the line-up, and plenty of lengthy court battles from Willis to claim back his royalties, he is finally able to give the people what we've always wanted... right?
40 years on since quitting the group, the lead-singer said, "There was nothing I could do about it until this legal stuff was straightened out. And this just happened to be at the 40-year anniversary of Village People. Everything seemed to fall into place where I could say, 'OK, it's time for me to take over the group again.'"
He continued, speaking about how their songs have become identifiable with LGBTQ. He said, "There were certain songs, which cannot be denied, that were generated toward that particular lifestyle, because that was Jacques' lifestyle. But that's not what Village People represents.
"Village People represents people, period. Any lifestyle. Male, female, straight, gay, whatever. So when I would write lyrics, instead of saying 'he' or 'she', I would say 'everybody'."
Here's hoping we get some fresh cheese amped into our radios very soon indeed. In the meantime, please enjoy on this Monday morning, the sound of the Village People and their 1978 music video for 'Y.M.C.A.'