Nothing too eventful happening in my life today, however on my subway ride to and from IFC, I did learn two interesting music facts. Want to know what they are?
Okay, here goes.
(left: This may be the first time in the history of music that the Village People and Ian MacKaye are mentioned in the same blog posting.)
When I was reading the most current issue of SPIN Magazine I discovered the origin of people spelling out Y.M.C.A. with their arms during any public performance of the Village People’s classic cut. When the group performed it on American Bandstand (wow, my second American Bandstand reference today), they began clapping their hands high above their heads. A group of audience members from a cheerleading camp thought that the Village People were spelling out “Y.M.C.A.” and proceeded to spell out the letters with their arms. If it wasn’t for those cheerleaders, who knows what we would do during that song?
At the moment I’m also reading Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life, a book detailing the stories of 13 important indie bands from the 1980’s. Today I learned that Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi) shaved his head (which sort of became his signature hairdo, or lack thereof), because he had curly hair and wasn’t able to grow it into a straight mohawk.
That’s what I learned today, how ’bout you?