Singing about ... pants?

Dec 29, 2011

Clothes make the man, and in this case, the radio episode. Who knew that there would enough songs about pants to fill a front loading washer?

Actually it would take a lot of short shorts to fill a washer, but we like the song and the look. Here’s The Royal Teens from 1958 and “Short Shorts”:

Less is more we always say. James Brown said this with his tune “Hot Pants”:

Pants enter politics courtesy of new laws that restrict low riding pants. “Sagging” pants are illegal in Georgia, Illinois, Florida, Louisiana and Arkansas. General Larry Platt has been a civil rights activist since the 1960’s, but his best known contribution to society is his epic rant “Pants on the Ground”:

This classic Levi’s ad with Ken Nordine celebrates pants in full psychedelia:

Every week on “Record bin Roulette,” KPLU’s John Kessler and John Maynard put an insightful and fun spin on a century's worth of discarded vinyl. The feature is published here and airs on KPLU 88.5 every Thursday during Morning Edition, All Things Considered and on Weekend Saturday Edition.