The Galactic Symposium were a group from Nottingham, UK formed "by mistake" in 1979. All five members were competent musicians, except they decided to disallow themselves from playing the instruments they could play competently for the 'symposium'. So, the semi-skilled punk rock guitarist became the slightly-better-than Shaggs drummer, etc. And they also chose to only slog through the most obvious hit songs of the era. During their short existence, the Galactic Symposium only released one single on Vague Records: covers of the Village People's 'YMCA' and Pink Floyd's 'Money'. However, they also recorded about 10 more tracks, all them obvious top-40 covers, but these did not see the light until more than two decades later; someone found a 'David Price & the Galactic Symposium' cassette at a 'car boot' sale and sent it over the Low Down Kids record label, who pressed 100 copies onto vinyl in 2005.
So, the Galactic Symposium sounds like a sort of annoying and unlistenable in-joke, right? All covers, drunk-sounding musicians, deliberately playing instruments they never played before. Well, maybe, except I keep listening to them since I managed to track down a copy of that cassette-sourced LP. And that YMCA single became a favorite of John Peel, who said that there "has seldom been a more joyous record" and that the sax player's solo on YMCA "remains one of the finest in recorded music'.
Here's their version of 'YMCA'
And The Galactic Symposium's take on Gerry Rafferty's 1978 hit 'Baker Street'