If at all, I only watch the first few weeks of any season of American Idol, because I like watching horrible auditions and becoming overwhelmed with icky tingles. I also cry during the background packages about contestants that inevitably nab golden tickets to Hollywood–whether it’s the sweet church singer who takes care of his sick mom, or the country bumpkin with the Tennessee Twang that likes to jump off of bridges for fun:
So I just happened to be watching last week when 62 year-old Larry Platt debuted the original song, “Pants On The Ground” (a track he wrote to encourage baggy pants-wearers to pull their pants up):
After Platt stopped singing, Simon Cowell mused, “I have a horrible feeling that song could be a hit.” And I knew he was right.
Sure enough, by the very next day, “Pants On The Ground” had already become an Internet phenomenon. To date, the multiple videos of Platt’s segment on YouTube have collectively amassed well over 5 million views. Brett Favre even led the Vikings in a glee-filled rendition after Sunday’s victory over the Cowboys.
But our favorite “cover” version, which Jen discovered via the “Best” collection posted by The Daily Beast, is a lo-fi rockin’ cover produced by 3 adorable teen guys (Jeremy, Alex and Ralph) in Malaysia:
Jen points out that the high-energy mélange of gutsy vocals and distorted guitars are almost MC5ish in execution (rad!), delivered with a necessary wink. And though we can’t see actually their whole bodies in the video, it appears that none of the guys are wearing pants that hit the ground. PHEW.
Filed under: American Idol, American Idol Auditions, American Idol Season 8, Cover Songs, Golden Ticket, Hollywood, Internet Phenoms, Larry Platt, Malaysia, MC5, Pants On The Ground, Pants On The Ground Phenomenon, Simon Cowell
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