“Pants on the Ground” has become the first true meme of 2010. The astonishingly stupid and infectious song, performed during the Season Premiere of American Idol, by a hopeful contender, has been covered by everyone from Jimmy Fallon to Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. Over at the Arts Beat blog, Dave Itzkoff looks at the back story of this mini-phenomenon following a TV interview by the song’s author, Larry Platt:
After singing “Pants on the Ground” (and performing a dance routine, calisthenics and a split that didn’t quite happen), Mr. Platt, 63, told the “View” hosts Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck that he devised the song during a stroll.
“I was walking one day,” said an out-of-breath Mr. Platt. “I see a guy with a baby bottle in his mouth, pacifier, with his pants on the ground. That’s what gave me an inspiration.”
Asked how he felt seeing himself on “American Idol” last week, Mr. Platt said, “I got so happy and enjoyment. It made me feel good, knowing that I wanted to get these pants up.”
Here’s the original American Idol performance of “Pants on the Ground.” which will likely be erased from pop culture in approximately one week: