Thursday , October 1 2020

Pants On The Ground

Repeat after me: "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."

Learn it, know it, live it. Because 62 year old General Larry Platt and his "Pants On The Ground" may be with us for a good little while.

You can look at the whole "Pants On The Ground" phenomenon in a number of ways. You can see it as the short-term viral joke that it most likely is. You can also view it as a hopeful sign that the whole American Idol circus act may finally be close to having run its course.

But the fact is the song (if you can call it that) is catchy as all hell. Put Platt in the studio with a guy like Timbaland and the possibilities could be limitless — as evidenced by the numerous amateur remixes already out there. Platt doesn't even need autotune (although that hasn't stopped some would-be producers from giving it that treatment).

In the time honored tradition of great pop, "Pants On The Ground" has got a funky beat and you can dance to it. For those willing to look beneath the punchline, its also got surprisingly deep lyrics. Which is why the best version may be Jimmy Fallon's you'd swear-it-was-him take performing it as Neil Young.

You'll find bloggers with their Pants On The Ground at sites like Perez Hilton and Huffington Post.

About Glen Boyd

Glen Boyd is the author of Neil Young FAQ, released in May 2012 by Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard Publishing. He is a former BC Music Editor and current contributor, whose work has also appeared in SPIN, Ultimate Classic Rock, The Rocket, The Source and other publications. You can read more of Glen's work at the official Neil Young FAQ site. Follow Glen on Twitter and on Facebook.

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