The achievement of having a song chart on Billboard is enormously prodigious in itself, however celebrating a hit on the charts approaching the eve of the 40th anniversary of the first time you appeared on the charts ever, is triumphant. Randy Jones, the original cowboy of the “Village People” is the only member of the disco phenomena recognized for their onstage costumes representing American masculine cultural stereotypes, who has charted as a solo artist, with his newest release, “Hard Times”.

“Hard Times”, is the one thing Randy Jones is certainly not having these days, with a hit record on his hands, starring in, writing, and producing Horror films, working on an EP, making personal appearances at national comic cons, and traveling around the country performing. With barely a moment to breathe, I was fortunate enough to catch Randy in New York. We made arrangements to meet at the legendary Bowery Bar in The Village, following his television taping for Metro Focus, (PBS). 

 

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When television lawman James Arness saddled up for his final episode of Gunsmoke in 1975, no one could have guessed that the reins of an iconic American symbol would soon be passed to a buff Broadway regular who hailed from Raleigh, North Carolina. But for Randy Jones, the original Cowboy and a founding member of the disco group Village People, the transition from wearing a leather thong as a fashion model to leather chaps as a singer was as welcome as a walk in his well-worn jeans.

In a career spanning four decades — before, during and since his stint with Village People — Jones has sold more than 100 million units and garnered in excess of a quarter billion views on YouTube. An American Music Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, Jones is perhaps best known for his hits with Village People, like "Macho Man,” “In the Navy,” “Go West” and “Y.M.C.A.” Jones has toured worldwide, starred in the camp classic film, “Can't Stop the Music", made the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and, in 2008, was honored with a group star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. We recently caught up with Randy Jones to chat about his trail blazing career and to learn about his latest film projects and his newest CD “Mister Right".

BPE: Thanks for calling in today. I hear a lot of noise in the background. Where are you?

RJ: I’m at Disney World. I’ve been performing down here since 1978 and fell in love with it, of course. I had two shows in Orlando last week and will be doing another show here later today. But the rest of my time here has been purely a vacation.

BPE: That’s one of the nice things about being a performer. You get to go to these exciting destinations, do your thing and then kick back a little bit.

RJ: These last 50 years – that is the course of my career – have been a luxury in that way. I have been very, very blessed to have a career where I could do all that I have done. I never knew as a young man in my 20’s that a few songs like “Macho Man,” “Y.M.C.A.,” “In The Navy,” “Go West” and “Can’t Stop the Music” could afford me this.

BPE: Tell us how you got into the entertainment business.

 

 

 

 RJ has wrapped filming the new family oriented action-adventure film THE RACK PACK in Wilmington, NC. Directed by Thomas J. Churchill, Screenplay by Darrell Rackley, Produced by David Schifter, Darrell Rackley, Thomas J. Churchill and Joseph K. Williamson.

 

 

It's all about kids playing outside, using their imaginations to create incredible adventures. And becoming home town heroes by outsmarting and preventing a bumbling gang of thieves from stealing priceless museum treasures. Think GOONIES meets SANDLOT meets HOME ALONE. 

 

 

RJ plays "Colonel Lamb" and co-stars with David Schifter, Krista Grotte, Diane Norris, C. Thomas Howell and Thomas J. Churchill.

Thirty-six years ago, entertainment publicist John Wilson held a potluck Oscar party at his Los Angeles home, and — inspired by a double feature of the infamous movie musicals Xanadu and Can’t Stop the Music — he decided to launch his own informal awards show, the Golden Raspberry Awards, or “Razzies,” to recognize the worst in film. The latter movie — starring costumed boy band Village People, Steve Guttenberg, and Valerie Perrine; directed by Nancy “Rhoda’s Mom” Walker; and co-written by Allan Carr of Grease fame — was ultimately named Worst Picture at the inaugural Razzies, beating out Olivia Newton-John’s roller-disco disaster.

Related: Razzie Awards Founder and Head Razzberry Opens Up About Show’s History, Bill Cosby, and Oscar’s ‘Self-Importance’

So now the Razzies are a legitimate part of every awards season (this year’s ceremony, which includes multiple nominations for Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeIndependence Day: Resurgence, and Zoolander 2, will take place Feb. 25), and we have Village People to blame — or thank.

Obviously the title Can’t Stop the Music was incredibly nonprophetic, since Village People’s poorly timed flick came out in 1980, when disco music was well on its way to being stopped. But decades later, the movie has its undeniable charms. It’s notable for its lavish Busby Berkeley productions, its toe-tapping/rump-shaking boogie anthems like “YMCA” and “Milkshake,” and, of course, the first starring cinematic performance by the future Caitlyn Jenner, then known as Bruce.

Yahoo Music recently spoke with the Village People’s affable original Cowboy, Randy Jones, about this fascinating era in pop culture: when disco made way for new wave, Bruce made way for Caitlyn, and Can’t Stop the Music paved the way for decades of so-bad-they’re-good celluloid classics. 

YAHOO MUSIC: Does Can’t Stop the Music have a cult following today? And are you proud that it was the first-ever winner of the Golden Raspberry Award?

RANDY JONES: Yes, it’s usually when people get together and watch it on television and drink heavy cocktails and smoke pot — that’s the way you should watch that movie, really, unless you go see it in a theater and everybody dresses up the way they do for Rocky Horror Show. I do screenings of it that way, when people actually dress up as the characters and run up in front of the screen for “Milkshake” or “YMCA.” But yeah, Can’t Stop is the reason the Razzies exist.

Randy Jones and Michael Musto attend Andrew Lloyd Webber's SUNSET BOULEVARD Opening Night On Broadway at the Palace TheaterStarring Glenn Close on February 9, 2017 in New York City.

 

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