Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs About Pants #JusJoJan

A mash-up with Just Jot It January!

For those of you who don’t know about Just Jot It January, it’s run by Linda Hill, who accumulates one-word prompts from those of us participating and dispenses them one at a time for each day in January, except for Wednesdays and Saturdays, when she combines JJJ with the regular features for those days, One-Liner Wednesday and Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Today’s prompt comes to us from “Pensitivity 101”, and it is “pants.”

On Mondays for Monday’s Music Moves Me, I take the prompt XmasDolly chooses and build a playlist appropriate for that topic. Every other week or so is a “freebie” week, when we can do whatever we want. Well, this is a freebie week, so my topic is “pants.” I seriously considered stealing ten songs from this Spotify playlist, but in the end came up with my own, which follows.

  1. Andy Stewart, “Donald, Where’s Your Troosers?” Andy wrote this, about a Scotsman who wears a kilt rather than trousers (or, in Scotland, “troosers” or just “trews”) with Neil Grant providing the music. It turned into a minor hit for him in 1960.
  2. Bing Crosby, “Who Put The Overalls In Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder?” A song that was written around the turn of the century and recorded by Edward M. Favor in 1901. Bing recorded this in 1945 for his album St. Patrick’s Day. There was a pizza place near Loyola (which, sadly, burned down–it had great pizza) that had this on their jukebox.
  3. Mel McDaniel, “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” Mel recorded this country classic in 1984 and it went to #1 on the Billboard country charts in February 1985. It was his only hit.
  4. Conway Twitty, “Tight Fittin’ Jeans” YouTube recommended this one for further listening on the same page as the one above. Conway, who does my kind of country music, recorded this in 1981 and it became his 23rd #1 country hit.
  5. Neil Diamond, “Forever In Blue Jeans” Maybe my favorite Neil Diamond tune, this came from his 1978 album You Don’t Bring Me Flowers. It reached #20 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Easy Listening chart in 1979.
  6. Eric Clapton, “Bell Bottom Blues” Originally a song from his Derek & The Dominoes days, he does an acoustic version here. Note the late, great Billy Preston on the organ, who really makes this tune.
  7. ZZ Top, “Blue Jean Blues” From their 1975 album Fandango, the same album from which came “Tush.” Which, if you think about it, kind of go together…
  8. David Bowie, “The Jean Genie” David’s Ziggy Stardust days did yield a lot of good music, including this song, from 1973’s Aladdin Sane. It only reached #71 in the US but went to #2 in the UK.
  9. James Brown, “Hot Pants (She Got to Use What She Got to Get What She Wants), Part 1” James recorded this (and Parts 2 and 3) in 1971, when hot pants were all the rage . It was a #1 hit on the R&B chart and #15 on the Hot 100. Does anyone remember Eddie Murphy with “James Brown’s Hot Tub Club” on Saturday Night Live back in the days when that show was actually funny? Murphy had The Godfather of Soul down pat.
  10. Lenny Henry, “The Pants Song” YouTube user adriennerorke says that her preschooler thinks this is the best song ever. Kid’s got good taste…

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me (and Just Jot It January) for January 8, 2018.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


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Author: John Holton

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14 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs About Pants #JusJoJan”

  1. Right in my wheelhouse! Have you ever heard, “Sam You Made The Pants Too Long.” I think Barbra Streisand recorded it.

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    1. I had a friend I worked with at Carson’s who was an amateur actor who did a lot of musicals, and he did the best version of that I’ve heard. Musical comedy at its best!

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  2. John,

    You can turn a word prompt into an interesting playlist. How cool is that? I did not know any of these songs, even the newer ones except for Neil Diamonds’ “Forever in Blue Jeans” which I totally forgot about until recently. I do remember when Eddie Murphy was on SNL (late 70s and early 80s were the best years) but I didn’t watch it enough so I don’t recall the skit you’re referring to but I do remember the scene him singing Roxanne in 48 Hours which is hilarious. Well…I can name a couple of songs that have to do with pants but believe it or not, I used Monday’s 4M theme for inspiration in my next BoTB and I don’t want to spoil that for ya. Thanks for hitting the dance floor with the 4M gang. Have a songtastic week, my friend!

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  3. Who knew there were that many songs about pants although Conway Twitty singing tight fitting jeans made me feel icky. I was never one for Twitty and love Pants on the Ground!

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