Revisiting the Village People’s Astonishingly Awful “Can’t Stop the Music”

The Village People: Can’t Stop the Music

The Village People: Can’t Stop the Music

The Village People: Can’t Stop the Music

In 1980, The Village People starred in the motion picture musical Can’t Stop the Music. One reviewer of the film wrote: “This movie is amazing. Rarely in the history of mankind have we seen a movie so incredibly awful that it becomes a must-see film.” The movie won Razzie Awards for Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay in 1981. It also was nominated for five other Razzie Awards, including ones for Worst Actor (Bruce Jenner), Worst Actress (Valerie Perrine) and Worst Original Song (Can’t Stop the Music).

Described elsewhere as “a train wreck” of a movie, it is mind-boggling to think of this vehicle for The Village People, which also starred Steve Guttenberg and the athlete Bruce Jenner, as a serious, big-budget Hollywood motion picture. But it was. Furthermore, everything about the movie seemed to be in massive denial about who the Village People really were.

It was extremely difficult choosing the movie’s “Best-Worst Scene” to present here, so here are three musical scenes for your enjoyment: Milkshake, YMCA and Can’t Stop The Music (the Live Grand Finalé in San Francisco):

Can’t Stop the Music: Milkshake

Can’t Stop the Music: YMCA

The Live Grand Finalé in San Francisco: Can’t Stop the Music

Here Are Two Original, Vintage Village People Recordings, YMCA and Macho Man:

The Village People: YMCA

The Village People: Macho Man

And a Very Special Bonus, The Village People’s Megamix Medley:

The Village People: Megamix Medley:

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2 Responses to “Revisiting the Village People’s Astonishingly Awful “Can’t Stop the Music””

  1. dalas v Says:

    Best movie ever. I wouldn’t call it a “train wreck,” I’d call it “a mid-air collision of two jumbo jets filled with fireworks”. It truly does go so far into badness that it comes back around to greatness. Nearly every line is a highly quotable gem. At the end, when Valerie Perrine runs out of cocaine and starts babbling about “I’m the one who talked to Richard…who when to the milk castle…” MILK CASTLE????? I LOVE THIS MOVIE!

    “MY TIME IS NOW!”


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