The Village People

Hot Cop

Composed by Henri Belolo / Jacques Morali / Victor Willis

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With a cyclical beat to keep things rolling, the Village People’s ”Hot Cop” was a tribute to the triumph of the disco scene, as Victor Willis patrolled the floors, letting all who dared to dance know, “this is the hot cop talking to you. I want everybody to get on their feet”. Keeping the mid tempo instrumentation strong, where ”Hot Cop” is most successful lies both in the band’s big backing vocal chorus, and in Willis’s powerful vocals, which roil in fine funk style from righteous rolling to spoken word come-ons a la Earth, Wind & Fire. Originally from the band’s 1978 Cruisin’ LP, ”Hot Cop” made another appearance on their Live and Sleazy LP the following year. And, in a particularly spooky premonition, the song’s bassline is a direct precursor of what the early Spandau Ballet would shortly be feeding the U.K.’s own funk fanatics.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Cruisin' 1978 Mercury 6:20
Live and Sleazy 1979 Universal 5:56
No Image 1988 Rhino
The Best of Village People [Casablanca] 1994 Polydor / Universal Music 6:22
Greatest Hits [Wrasse] 2001 Wrasse 3:19
Village People Day: The History 2005 Scorpio Distribution 6:20
The Best of Village People [Mercury] 2007 ISLAND MERCURY 6:22
The Best of Village People [Universal Japan] 2008 Universal Distribution 6:22
Icon 2014 Island / Mercury / Mercury Records 6:21
No Image Phantom
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