Larry Platt’s ‘Pants on the Ground’ Becomes First Viral Video Of 2010

by Alex on January 20, 2010

(CNN) A 62-year-old’s rhythmic fashion review has become the Internet’s first viral sensation of the new decade.

“Pants on the Ground,” an atonal and repetitive condemnation of baggy jeans by “General” Larry Platt of Atlanta, Georgia, capped last Wednesday’s episode of American Idol.  And in less than a week, it’s earning buzz worth online status that could one day rival such famous, if artistically questionable, offerings as “Numa Numa” and “Chocolate Rain.”

The performance has hit more than 1 million fans on Facebook and more than 1 million-plus views on YouTube.  As of Tuesday afternoon, several versions “Pants on the Ground” had together tallied somewhere around 5 million clicks on YouTube.  The most popular had more than 1.8 million views, and another had about 1.5 million.

The tune caught the attention of late-night comedian Jimmy Fallon, who performed the song while impersonating rock legend Neil Young, and even Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre who chanted the song’s chorus with teammates to celebrate a playoff win Sunday over The Dallas Cowboys.

The military veteran said there are plans to record the song which consists mostly of the lyrics “Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, looking like a fool with your pants on the ground.”

“I have a horrible feeling that song could be a hit” Simon Cowell said on the show after telling Platt that his age made him ineligible to advance in the competition.  “I don’t think this is going to be the last we hear about you.”

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