Sunday, January 17, 2010

The American Eagles have Landed: Pants on the Ground

I'm a big fan of American Idol, and twitter. And I missed out on all the fun until yesterday. I kept hearing about "Pants on the Ground" but had no idea what it meant. Honestly, I thought it was military speak. It turns out, 62-year-old "General" Larry Platt auditioned for American Idol, which was shown on Fox on Wednesday. The age limitation for contestants is 28, but Fox smartly let this audition through, and it's gone viral.

But this isn't like the William Hung audition of "She Bangs". Larry's is totally original, and a personal statement that young folks need to pull their pants up and straighten out their caps.

Here's a direct link to Fox. Better sound for sure:
American Idol Larry Platt Audition: Pants on the Ground

The lyrics:
Pants on the ground
Pants on the ground
Lookin' like a fool with your pants on the ground
With the gold in your mouth
Hat turned sideways
Pants hit the ground
Call yourself a cool cat
Looking like a fool
Walkin' downtown with your pants on the ground

Catchy. Hilarious. And being covered left and right.

I imagine we'll be seeing a lot of General Platt, most likely endorsing skinny jeans, dockers, or the Gap. And I, for one, hope his 15 minutes lasts a bit longer than most.

And here are just a few of the covers.

Acoustic cover by Brandon Gray:

Dane Ferguson:

The Beatbox Hitman (and laugh track) accompaniment:

Acoustic cover by Brent Morgan:

Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young):

Larry, you're no fool.


jessiex said...

Wow. Thanks for writing of this. New/news to me. Love it. The viral-ness. The art. The celebration. The playfulness. The connection. Thanks, Mike ... and thanks General Larry.

Mike said...

So glad you liked it Jessie! I cannot get this song out of my head!