Even after Katy Perry's impressive smackdown of Kara DioGuardi on Tuesday night's episode of "American Idol," the best moment of this season's run of audition episodes remains "Pants on the Ground," the hilarious and oft-remixed song delivered last week by General Larry Platt during the stop in Atlanta last week. Since Platt unleashed his original tune, he has received interest from record labels, inspired Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings and got a performance spot on "The View."
But is Platt's "original" song all that original? A pair of brothers from Detroit got in touch with a local news station and revealed to them that they cut a track called "Back Pockets on the Ground" that has a similar theme and beat. The twist? They recorded "Back Pockets on the Ground" way back in 1996. Gerald Green, one half of the pair, says they don't harbor any ill will towards Platt, but they do want their version of the song heard.
You can compare and contrast yourself. Here's "Back Pockets on the Floor." Now compare that to "Pants on the Ground." The similarities are definitely there, though "Pants on the Ground" remains the superior track.
All of this talk about low-slung pants just makes us recall Sway's conversation with Barack Obama about pants-related legislation. In the wake of a handful of states passing anti-sagging laws, the then-Senator weighed in on the idea. "Here's my attitude: I think passing a law about people wearing sagging pants is a waste of time," Obama replied. "Having said that, brothers should pull up their pants. There are some issues that we face that you don't have to pass a law [against], but that doesn't mean folks can't have some sense and some respect for other people. And, you know, some people might not want to see your underwear. I'm one of them."
With the "Pants on the Ground" issue back in the zeitgeist, could Obama address it at his first State of the Union tonight? Probably not, but you never know.