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"Y.M.C.A."
"Y.M.C.A." cover
Single by Village People
from the album Cruisin'
Released 1978
Genre Disco
Length 04:48
Label Casablanca Records
Writer(s) Henri Belolo, Jacques Morali, Victor Willis
Producer(s) Jacques Morali
Peak chart positions

#2 (US) (1979)
#1 (UK) (1979) Image File history File links Circle-question. ... Image File history File links YMCA_single_cover. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Village People is a concept disco group formed in the late 1970s. ... Cruisin is an album by the Village People. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Disco is a genre of dance-oriented pop music that blends elements of funk and soul music that was first popularized in dance clubs (discothèques) in the mid-1970s. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about Casablanca, the record label. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Henri Belolo is a French music producer, very successful during the disco era. ... Jacques Morali was a disco composer. ... Victor Edward Willis (born on 1 July 1951 in Dallas, Texas) is a singer, songwriter, actor; and original lead singer of the disco group Village People. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Jacques Morali was a disco composer. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ...

Village People singles chronology
"Macho Man"
(1978)
"Y.M.C.A."
(1978)
"Go West"
(1979)

"Y.M.C.A." is a 1978 song by the Village People which became a hit in January, 1979. Village People is a concept disco group formed in the late 1970s. ... Macho Man is a 1978 disco song performed by the Village People. ... Go West is a song by the 1970s disco group Village People. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Village People is a concept disco group formed in the late 1970s. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


On the surface, its lyrics extol the virtues of the Young Men's Christian Association. In the gay culture from which the group sprang, the song was understood as celebrating the YMCA's reputation as a popular cruising and hookup spot, particularly for the younger gay men to whom it was addressed (ironically, at the time that the song was a hit, the gay community both increased its visibility and no longer felt the need to use organizations such as the YMCA as a cover for its sexual activities, and the YMCA moved toward being a more family-oriented and less exclusively male organization). Lyrics are the words in songs. ... This article is about the association. ... Christopher Street Parade Sexuality and gender identity-based cultures concern the culture, knowledge, and references shared by members of sexual minorities or transgendered people by virtue of their membership in those minorities or their state of being transgendered. ... Cruising for sex, or cruising, describes the act of walking or driving about a locality in pursuit of a partner for (often quick and anonymous) sex. ... Casual sex refers to sexual activity outside the context of a romantic relationship, consisting of a range of informal sexual encounters. ... Irony is a literary or rhetorical device, in which there is a gap or incongruity between what a speaker or a writer says and what is generally understood (either at the time, or in the later context of history). ... The idea of a gay community is complex reflecting the diverse nature of the individuals who make up that community. ...


The song has continued to remain popular despite (or later, because of) its status as a disco classic and gay anthem, even among listeners who are otherwise uninvolved in disco or gay culture. A popular dance in which the arms are used to spell out the four letters of the song's title may have much to do with this. It is frequently played during breaks in the action at sporting events, with crowds using the dance as an opportunity to stretch, similar to the later "Macarena". Disco is a genre of dance-oriented pop music that blends elements of funk and soul music that was first popularized in dance clubs (discothèques) in the mid-1970s. ... A gay anthem is a song that has become widely popular among, or has become identified with, the gay community; usually with gay men. ... A sport consists of a normal physical activity or skill carried out under a publicly agreed set of rules, and with a recreational purpose: for competition, for self-enjoyment, to attain excellence, for the development of skill, or some combination of these. ... Macarena is a song by Los del Río about a woman of the same name. ...


YMCA is number 7 on VH1's list of The 100 Greatest Dance Songs of the 20th Century. VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division...

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Song

The song, played in the key of F-sharp major, begins with a brass riff, backed by the constant pulse that typified disco. Many different instruments are used throughout for an overall orchestral feel, another disco convention, but it is brass that stands out. In music theory, the key identifies the tonic triad, the chord, major or minor, which represents the final point of rest for a piece, or the focal point of a section. ... F# major is a major scale based on F#, consisting of the pitches F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D#, E# (enharmonic to F natural) and F#. Its key signature consists of six sharps. ... A brass instrument is a musical instrument whose tone is produced by vibration of the lips as a player blows into a tubular resonator. ...


"YMCA"'s other distinctive element is its vocal line, with its repeated "Young man!" ecphonesis, sung by all band members, while lead singer Jim Pend handles the rest of the line alone. The last line of every verse, however, is sung by the group, leading into five sudden bursts of sound followed by the "It's fun to stay at the YMCA" chorus. An ecphonesis is an exclamatory phrase (exclamation). ... A refrain (from the Old French refraindre to repeat, likely from Vulgar Latin refringere) is the line or lines that are repeated in music or in verse; the chorus of a song. ...


History

Producer Henri Belolo recalls that he saw the YMCA sign while walking down the street with composer Jacques Morali, who seemed to know the institution fairly well: "Henri, let me tell you something. This is a place where a lot of people go when they are in town. And they get good friends and they go out." And Henri got the idea: "Why don't we write a song about it?" Henri Belolo is a French music producer, very successful during the disco era. ... Jacques Morali was a disco composer. ...


The song became a number one hit in many places (notably not in the United States where it lost to Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"). It has remained popular at parties, events, and functions ever since. Roderick David Stewart, CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a Scottish / English singer born and raised in London. ... Dya Think Im Sexy? is a 1978 hit song for Rod Stewart. ...


In 1999, the band rereleased the single. In 2004, American Idol reject William Hung released a cover version of this song on his first album. AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ...


Dance

"YMCA" is also the name of a group dance with cheerleader Y-M-C-A choreography invented to fit the song. One of the phases involves moving arms to form the letters Y-M-C-A as they are sung in the chorus: Group dances are danced by groups of people simultaneously, as opposed to individuals dancing alone or individually, and as opposed to couples dancing together but independently of others dancing at the same time, if any. ...

Y - Arms outstretched and raised
M - Made by bending the elbows from the 'Y' pose so the fingertips meet over the chest[1]
C - Arms extended to the right
A - Hands held together above head
The YMCA dance demonstrated in a photomontage. In this rendition, the M (second from left) is done in a popular variant.

Dick Clark takes credit for his show American Bandstand being where the YMCA dance was originated. During the January 3, 1979 episode which featured the Village People as the guests throughout the hour, the dance is seen being done by audience members during the performance of YMCA and lead singer Victor Willis is seen practicing the dance himself at the beginning of the standard interview sequence. The YMCA Dance, Bronx, NY, 2000, by Rick Dikeman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The YMCA Dance, Bronx, NY, 2000, by Rick Dikeman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... An imaginary world composed of photorealistic inanimate, human, and plant objects spurs a psychological impact upon the viewer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand American Bandstand was a long-running dance music television show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989. ... January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...

Members of the grounds crew of Yankee Stadium pause to do the YMCA dance. They are forming the letter Y.

At Yankee Stadium, after the fifth inning, the grounds crew traditionally takes a break from grooming the infield to lead the crowd in the dance. The YMCA Dance, Bronx, NY, 2000, by Rick Dikeman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ... An innings, or inning, is a fixed-length segment of a game in any of a variety of sports – most notably baseball and cricket – during which one team attempts to score while the other team attempts to prevent the first from scoring. ... An infielder is a baseball player who plays on the infield, the dirt portion of a baseball diamond between first base and third base. ...


Spinoffs & parodies

YMCA has been parodically rewritten many times, substituting different words (either acronyms or not) for the title and changing the connotations. Some examples include:

  • LMAA by Günter Willumeit (in German), about the everyday life of a married couple. ("LMAA" is the acronym for "Leck mich am Arsch", the German equivalent of "Kiss My Ass"; the song is about a somewhat henpecked husband who maintains his sanity (and his marriage) by smiling sweetly and saying "Of course, you're right, my darling" ("Du hast ja recht, mein Liebling") every time his wife nags him, while silently blowing off steam by thinking the sentiment expressed by the title.)
  • In 1997, Pepsi launched a Super Bowl ad where five bears danced an alternate version with "P-E-P-S-I" instead of the usual "Y-M-C-A".
  • Several artists, including the Capitol Steps, spoofed the dire predictions of the effects of the year 2000 bug with songs titled "Y-2-K".
  • In Britain, a woman infamously sang "YMCA" on Pop Idol, but got rejected. She was later rehired by Pizza Hut to market their Quad Pizza.
  • There's a toy of Sesame Street character Elmo that dances and sings "E-L-M-O". In season 36 of the show, Oscar sang the parody "Worm Workout Song", while Slimey and his worm friends stretch and wiggle.
  • The webcomic User Friendly spoofed the song when Dust Puppy and Erwin sang an altered version which included the lyrics "It's fun to violate the DMCA."[2]
  • In the Wayans Bros television show, Shawn and Marlon had to perform the song as an embarrassment for hanging out with Ted. In doing so they were forced to dress up in flamboyant attire.
  • A commercial for Post Alpha-Bits had the characters singing a version of the song with "YMAB" as the lyrics.
  • A night comedy sketch on Portuguese cable channel SIC Radical in Cabaret da Coxa, where a group "Rapazes da Aldeia" (Portuguese for "Village Boys") are the actual influence for Village People.[citation needed]
  • On July 2, 2004, Colin Powell, then the U.S. Secretary of State, performed a modified version of "YMCA" for his fellow foreign government officials at the ASEAN security meeting in Jakarta. His lyrics includes the lines:

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The BBC's Tim Willcox was quoted as saying of the performance, "In any league table of politician's most embarrassing moments, it must rank pretty high."
  • Fans in the Yankee Stadium bleachers have a crude version of the song that includes the lyrics "Why are you gay? I saw you sucking that D-I-C-K. They have all different size, for your mouth to enjoy, you can hang out with all the boys." directed at other teams' fans.
  • In 2006: SAPU, a radio jingle by a Mongolian company of that name.
  • Razor Ramon HG ('Hard Gay'), a Japanese comedy star, recorded a track 'Young Man' using the song in Japanese.
A screenshot from the Kid Chorus' YMCA parody on Histeria!
  • The Histeria! episode "Presidential People" featured a song by the Kid Chorus titled "You'll Be President of the United States", sung to the tune of YMCA.
  • Some colleges with four-letter abbreviations (ex. UCLA) replace "Y-M-C-A" with the abbreviation.
  • In a 1981 University of New South Wales law students' revue called The Legal Has Landed, the song It's Fun to be in the USSR was sung to the tune of YMCA with appropriate arm movements.
  • George Lam recorded a Cantonese remix, still entitled "YMCA". It seems that it was released on 2001 Music is Live - George Lam & Eason Chan Karaoke

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Use in film and television

  • In the climax of the comedy film One Night at McCool's, as a sheriff, a regular looking man, and a man dressed in S&M gear all come to a woman's house to call on her. another man arrives with a shotgun seeking revenge for his brother's death. The woman is not home (though she IS just outside it) and all the other men are being questioned by the shotgun wielder. After much frustration, taking note on their variety of dress, the man shouts "I'm gonna kill all you damn Village People!" Not long after, a shootout begins, with YMCA playing as background music.
  • In the episode "Take My Wife, Please" of Married With Children, members of the Bundy family repeatedly perform the song YMCA while impersonating the Village People at a party. Eventually when the real Village People arrive at the party they start performing the song which infuriates the crowd.
  • This song is also played in the movie Wayne's World 2. Wayne and his buddies, after an unsuccessful attempt to spy on a conversation between Wayne's girlfriend and her manager leads to a chase sequence, accidentally make their way onto the stage of a gay bar. They are wearing outfits and costumes much like those of the Village People; the DJ puts the song on, and the group is forced into performing the dance routine.
  • It is played in US comedy Friends season 2 "The one with the bullies", while Monica was dancing.
  • In Episode 2 of My Hero series 4, Mrs. Raven becomes a hypnotherapist, and at George's "funeral", she has hypnotised a small group of people to do one round of the YMCA chorus, complete with actions whenever they hear the number 4.

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Use in video games

  • The song was featured on the U.S. home version of Dance Dance Revolution Extreme.
  • In Fable: The Lost Chapters, the four expressions to communicate with the Oracle are stone tablets with runes that much resemble the letters Y, M, C, and A on them. When using one, the Hero makes the letter's shape with his arms.
  • A cover version of the song is featured in the Nintendo DS game Elite Beat Agents.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City there is a club the player can enter where there are characters dressed as a biker, a construction worker and a police officer on stage dancing to a similar sounding disco tune.

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References

  1. ^ Official Village People website, July 4, 2004 - [1]
  2. ^ Fraser, J. D. "Cartoon for Apr 28, 2002". User Friendly. Accessed on March 2, 2007.

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External links

  • TheSongLyrics: Lyrics of Y-M-C-A
Preceded by
"Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord" by Boney M
UK number one single
January 6, 1979
Succeeded by
"Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" by Ian Dury & The Blockheads

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YMCA is number 7 on VH1's list of The 100 Greatest Dance Songs of the 20th Century.
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