The PopCulteer
June 9, 2023

Mel Larch returns Friday with a new episode of MIRRORBALL devoted to a group of guys who made a huge mark on pop culture, The Village People.

In a bit of a nod to Pride Month, Friday at 2 PM on The AIR, Mel Larch devotes a full hour to the music of The Village People on the Disco Showcase, MIRRORBALL. The AIR is PopCult‘s sister radio station. You can hear these shows on The AIR website, or just click on the embedded player found elsewhere on this page.

Rising up from the underground Gay scene of New York’s Greenwich Village, the Village People took their music and their message into the mainstream.

Conceived by Jacques Morali and his business partner Henri Belolo, The Village People sparked to life with the discovery of lead singer, Victor Willis. Soon Willis, dressed as a cop, was joined by The Indian, The Construction Worker, The GI, The Cowboy and The Leatherman, and a pop culture legend was born. Appearances on all the top TV shows, as well as a Bob Hope USO Tour, were groundbreaking in bringing Gay awareness into the average American’s living room.

In addition, their catchy tunes had a good beat, and man could you dance to them.

Check out the playlist…


The Village People
“In The Navy”
“Can’t Stop The Music”
“San Francisco (You’ve Got Me)”
“Hot Cop”
“Macho Man”
“I Am What I Am”
“Village People”
“Medley “Just A Gigalo/I Ain’t Got Nobody”
“Fire Island”
“Go West”

You can hear MIRRORBALL every Friday at 2 PM, with replays throughout the following week Monday at 9 AM and Tuesday at 1 PM.

This weekend MIRRORBALL will trade places with Mel’s other show, Curtain Call, and will have a six-hour marathon, anchored with this new episode, Sunday night beginning at 6 PM.  Curtain Call will take over the Saturday 9 PM timeslot, so that it won’t be running opposite this year’s Tony Awards on CBS.

At 3 PM we bring you an encore of a classic episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat from January, 2018.  This was special show where Sydney Fileen devoted her entire two hours to the music of Talking Heads. Sadly, the playlist for this one is not readily available, so you’ll just have to tune in and write down all the songs yourself.

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat is produced at Haversham Recording Institute in London, and can be heard every Friday at 3 PM, with replays Saturday afternoon, Monday at 7 AM, Tuesday at 8 PM, Wednesday at Noon and Thursday at 10 AM, exclusively on The AIR. Two classic episodes can also be heard every Sunday, starting at 10 AM.

And that is this week’s PopCulteer. Check back every day for fresh content.