“Cruisin'" by Village People (1978)
Release Date: September 25, 1978
Produced by Jacques Morali
Chart Positions: #1 (Germany, Austria), #2 (Canada), #3 (US, Sweden, France), #5 (Norway), #6 (Netherlands, New Zealand), #24 (UK), #27 (Japan)
Certifications: 3xPlatinum (Canada), Platinum (US), Gold (Germany)
Singles: “Hot Cop” (#2 US Disco), “YMCA” #1 (Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, New Zealand, UK, France, Ireland, Canada, Australia), #2 (US, Norway), #3 (South Africa), #10 (Japan)
Cruisin' is the third studio album by the American disco group Village People, released on September 25, 1978. Features the hits "Hot Cop" and "Y.M.C.A." which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
After the success of Macho Man, the Jacques Morali-produced Village People unleashed their biggest ever hit upon an eager public with the September 1978 release of their third LP, Cruisin'. Having already become symbols of the outrageous hedonism of the disco movement, the band now thrust their high camp into the mainstream, and what was once intended to draw people to the clubs now brought an entire nation to the milieu.
The first single release “Hot Cop” did not fare well on the charts but did reach #2 on Billboard’s Hot Disco Songs in the US. Victor Willis sang the lead vocal on the song as it served to be his theme song as he played the part of the “Cop” in the band. It received a good amount of dance club airplay but not enough sales to propel it onto the pop charts. Less than two months later Village People quickly released “YMCA,” the band’s defining moment. The song seemed to be everywhere as it reached #1 in at least a dozen countries around the world and the top ten in another half dozen or so. “YMCA” sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Catchy, hooky, and singalongable, the song tongue-in-cheek-ily espoused the many, and often surprising benefits of paying a visit to that now immortalized club/hostel. It even spawned a dance complete with calisthenic arm movements -- clubbers were doing it, kids were doing it, even their parents were doing it. The only question was, did anybody actually ever listen to the lyrics? You haven't lived until you've seen your grandmother going to the Y.M.C.A. The song was a global phenomenon.
Village People (1978)