- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Village People are wondering Y.

The iconic 1970s disco group plans to ignore the YMCA-USA, which announced at a press conference Monday that it will be shortening its name to just “the Y” as part of an effort to modernize its logo.

Some things can’t be changed, and one of them is singing, “It’s fun to stay at the Y,” without then throwing your arms in the air in the shapes of “M,” “C” and “A.”

The group will keep on singing “YMCA,” which topped the charts in late 1978 and early ‘79.

“We are deeply dismayed by today’s announcement from the YMCA that they feel a name change and a rebranding are in order after 166 years,” the Village People’s publicist said in an official statement following the announcement.

“Some things remain iconic and while we admire the organization for the work they do, we still can’t help but wonder Y.”

The six-man disco group was formed in 1977 and is best known for its outlandish costumes and such other hit songs as “Macho Man” and “In the Navy.”

The group — whose members dress onstage as a cop, a biker, an American Indian, a construction worker, a GI and a biker — has sold more than 100 million records. Its most famous song, “YMCA,” has sold 15 million copies alone and continues to be a hit at weddings, baseball games and roller-skating rinks across the country.