What can possibly cooler than the first Monday of Fall? How about the next exciting entry in The Nest’s tribute to the weird and wacky muzak that makes our lives so much more interesting. It’s time to start the second half of out Top 30 Novelty Songs of All Time countdown! DJ Scratchy is going to be pumping up more than just the volume this week, and wants to see you strutting your stuff to the ultimate egomaniac song… while the Sponkies get a crash course in why nobody ever talks about the 70’s anymore…
#15. “Macho Man” – The Village People
There are novelty acts, and then there is the disco institution known as The Village People. Six men representing six different careers and walks of life (Unless someone ever wanted to grow up to be a
n Indian Native American)… singing completely mindless songs to a fucking awesome disco beat.
The Village People are really only remembered for three songs… any of which would have easily qualified under my definition of a novelty song. One of those hits has even emerged as a super-iconic guilty pleasure from the most despised genre in rock and roll history. While “YMCA” is a classic, and “In the Navy” is criminally underrated by people who have zero taste… I went with the sextet’s most bombastic chart entry when choosing which dance floor boogie the men with many different hats would have represent them in my countdown.
I was first introduced to this ode to the shallow douchebag about 15 years after it came out in high school P.E. dance class…. the absolute last class a hopelessly introverted and isolated teenager ever wants to find themselves in. We even had a kid in the class who liked to show off his talent with a solo dance routine that always stole the show (and more importantly… killed class time that didn’t involve forced socialization).
One of the non-stereotypical trademarks of The Village People was the synchronized hand gestures their choreographer had the five non-important members perform behind the back of the lead singer. Everyone knows the routine for “YMCA”… and if you wanted to see what kind of physical inanity “Macho Man” inspired, here is a video of the band dancing away to a horrible overdub of the song.
I’ll be back next Monday to show off another oiled up novelty classic that’d more style than substance…