Your Connection To Jazz, Blues and NPR News
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Singing about ... pants?

pantsad.jpg
chappo2002
/
Flickr
Clothes make the man.

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”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYKlYA77ZI4

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1U-EBVuLt0

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”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMwhl4IrPNc

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jCJURLuzdw&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL966A1CFA8E08F826

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.

John has worked as a professional bassist for 20 years, including a 15 year stint as Musical Director of the Mountain Stage radio program. John has been at KNKX since 1999 where he hosts “All Blues”, is producer of the BirdNote radio program, and co-hosts “Record Bin Roulette”. John is also the recording engineer for KNKX “In-Studio Performances”. Not surprisingly, John's main musical interests are jazz and blues, and he is still performing around Seattle.
John Maynard started working in radio in the seventies as a DJ at Seattle’s KJR AM which at the time was the dominant AM station in the Seattle market. After a brief stint as a restaurateur and night club owner, Maynard returned to radio with Robin Erickson, creating the hugely popular “Robin and Maynard Show.” In the more than 20 years under that marquee, Maynard flew with the Blue Angels, piloted the Goodyear Blimp, sang with Donny Osmond and hung out in a Universal Studios bar with Kojak (Telly Savalas).