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'Pants on the Ground'

beeliner 14 Jan 10 - 10:59 PM
Beer 15 Jan 10 - 08:44 AM
Charley Noble 15 Jan 10 - 09:11 AM
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katlaughing 15 Jan 10 - 11:12 AM
beeliner 15 Jan 10 - 11:34 AM
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Subject: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: beeliner
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 10:59 PM

Just in case anyone missed it.


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Subject: RE: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: Beer
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 08:44 AM

That was enjoyable and sort of funny. Thanks
Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: Charley Noble
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 09:11 AM

So American Idol discriminates against us senior citizens!

I never would have guessed.

Great song!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: frogprince
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 11:01 AM

"...A little over the age limit, which is 28..." I haven't been watching the show, and it really hadn't occured to me that they would have a cutoff that low. What a crock of shit. Whether or not that can be considered a great song, the guy is a genuine funny entertainer.


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Subject: RE: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 11:12 AM

I think Simon was being facetious...just saying that to let the guy down gently, sort of? I know Susan Boyle is well over 28 and it wasn't American Idol, but I really don't think they have an age limit. I've older people in some of their tryouts.

I think Larry was pretty funny and agile.

Well, I guess I was wrong. This from Wiki: The eligible age-range for contestants is currently 16–28 years old.

Question: why did they let Larry tryout when he obviously wasn't 28?


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Subject: RE: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: beeliner
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 11:34 AM

"Question: why did they let Larry tryout when he obviously wasn't 28?"

Well, I can only guess that there is some kind of pre-audition, and they probably told him that he was too old but they would like him to appear anyway, just for the entertainment value of his performance.

And the first thing I thought, kat, was that if that had been the age limit in Britain, Susan Boyle would be unknown today.

The real tragedy, though, if anyone saw the entire show, was the young girl, I think about the 4th or 5th to audition, who was so eager and so confident, and they told her she was terrible, and she was absolutely crushed, my wife was in tears along with her.


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Subject: RE: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: Beer
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 12:01 PM

I wrote about this in another thread on American idol. It is a freak show. They let people perform if they think the audience will laugh at them. Most probably have mental handicaps I would guess.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 12:10 PM

I've never watched more than an occasional clip from the show but it's like a combination of Arthur Godfrey and the Gong Show. Part of the entertainment is having people humiliate themselves. The Jerry Springer show with music.

I got a big kick out of the clip.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: Genie
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 05:57 PM

You're right about the early auditions part of AI being like the gong show. I lost interest in those early auditions after the first 2 or 3 years because each new season of ridiculous contestants started to look and sound like all the others.    But once the semifinalists are chosen, the gong show aspect is over (unless you consider Simon Cowell the one you'd like to gong).

When American Idol started the age cutoff was 25 y o (as of your audition date). By season 4 they had raised it to 30.

It's a bit arbitrary, but they say they're looking for "pop stars" (which can include country, r&b, and rock) and they're obviously trying to hook the young generation.   They have enough apples-to-oranges comparisons among contestants as it is, without comparing 16-year-olds with 50-year-olds.

But, hey, it's just a TV show, so who they can make up their own rules.   Early on, the contestants couldn't sing original material, play instruments, do duets, or have a live band backup. They switched to live backups by Season 3 or 4, allowed instrument-playing in Season 6, added some duets in Season 7 or 8, and maybe now they're even allowing some performance of original songs.    Whatever.

I just tuned in to this year's auditions for about 15 min and happened to catch the "Pants On The Ground" guy - who the obviously let slip in despite being decades over-age, just for the entertainment of the TV audience - and enjoyed his song and persona.

He may yet get a record deal from someone. William Hung did and his CD sold hundreds of thousands of copies.


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Subject: RE: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: open mike
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 12:50 PM

I think the panel of judges on this show has probably ruined some lives by their cruel criticisms of some of the contestants. I did catch a clip of a girl from the south who sang Wagon Wheel (bob dylan's song later expanded by Old Crow medicine wheel) and they gave her nothing but praise ... and a ticket to hollywood....i wish her luck. Vanessa Wolfe....another talent she has is jumping off of bridges (if that can be called a talent?)


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Subject: RE: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Feb 10 - 01:38 PM

Then there's the version by Jimmy Fallon.


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Subject: RE: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Feb 10 - 01:54 PM

General Larry Platt appears as a guest on "The View"


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Subject: RE: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: Janie
Date: 07 Feb 10 - 01:54 PM

I think you should pm 'Spaw with his own personal link to that one, Jim!


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Subject: RE: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Feb 10 - 02:04 PM

Here's an article about the fashion phenomenon called "sagging" or "low-riding" and an article about Larry Platt.


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Subject: RE: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: Charley Noble
Date: 08 Feb 10 - 08:35 AM

Neat!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 'Pants on the Ground'
From: Acorn4
Date: 08 Feb 10 - 12:49 PM

To tune of "Wild Mountain Thyme"

Cool Dude Yo!

Oh, the teenage years are coming
And their trousers are descending
And that wild waist band
Is towards their ankles heading
Cool dude yo, cool dude yo!

chorus;

And we'll all look daft together
Like we crapped ourselves big time
And it don't look none too clever
Jeans slung lo, jeans slung lo

With the crotch around my knees
On a downward journey going
What happens if I sneeze?
And my underpants are showing
Cool dude yo, cool dude yo

And we'll all look daft together.....

With one arm around my lass
The other to my kecks a clinging
But cruel will be my fate
If my mobile phone starts ringing
Cool dud yo, cool dude yo

And we'll all look daft together....

With a sideways baseball cap
I will surely wind up my mother
"You can't go out dressed like that"
But I'll just say
"Am I bovvered"
Cool dude yo, cool dude, yo


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