Just tonight as I was watching “WKRP in Cincinnati” on television, the character Venus Flytrap (played by Tim Reid) appeared in an outfit that included spandex disco pants. The pants appeared to be gold-colored but I’m not completely sure. This episode is called “Changes” and is from January 27, 1982 and fortunately is on YouTube! Here it is:
Can you confirm the color of his pants? They are not very tight-fitting on him, at least not compared to the disco pants on those Brothers Johnson band videos that I posted here in the past; nor are they anywhere as tight as I wear mine. Or even as tight as Menudo wore theirs. But it’s great to see nonetheless. Venus is now the second character on this show who has worn disco pants. Oddly enough both characters were male, with the other being Johnny Fever. Also this is the fourth episode of the show to feature anyone wearing them. Pretty cool!
Something else cool that I came across recently was this:
That’s Frank Zappa wearing purple disco pants! That photo is from 1980 and can be found right on his wikipedia page. I am not at all a Zappa fan in more ways than one, but the fact that he wore disco pants makes him cool and admirable in my book.
Another find I happened across was this modern-day guy wearing gold disco pants:
It’s really good to see guys start to pick up on the disco pants. I love the disco pants/leather jacket combination. I’m assuming these that he is wearing are the modern American Apparel variety but it does not matter. All that matters is that guys start incorporating this amazing article of clothing into their wardrobes and everyday wear. In this photo his pants are looking a bit loose. It seems to be a bit of a pattern with guys choosing not to wear disco pants skintight. Oh well, I’m just glad they are wearing them. I am more than happy to be the guy who wears them skintight if no others choose to do so.
Recently I purchased a brand new AA disco pant in midnight navy for less than $25 on ebay! I’ve written about this before but I do not know where these sellers are getting all these brand new pairs of AA disco pants that they’re selling on ebay. Truth be told, as long as I can continue to get them for $25 or $30 I will not be asking any questions!
Finally, something else I have written about before: Sandy’s supposed ‘disco pants’ in the movie “Grease.” The movie was made in 1978 and Olivia Newton-John stated that the pants were 25 years old at the time. That means they were from the 1950’s. We know that there was no such thing as disco pants in the 50’s. They started to be seen in 1978, and probably as a direct result of this movie. Here’s a very close shot of the front of Sandy’s pants:
Clearly there is no zipper or button on these pants. The pants in fact did have a zipper but Olivia has stated that it broke, thus the pants had to be sewn shut on her. So that’s what we see in the photo. No zipper, no button. Just what appears to be a seam where the zipper should be and a belt buckle type fastener at the top. Probably safe to assume there were no back pockets either but I would love to find a photo to verify that.
So once and for all, ‘Sandy’s’ pants were not disco pants! They most likely led to the creation of actual disco pants but I will have to conduct more research on that. Olivia herself has said that her pants were some sort of a sharkskin material and she should know whether it’s sharkskin or nylon & spandex. The sheen on her pants was definitely an inspiration for what would become actual spandex disco pants.
Well, this post was kind of all over the place, but that keeps things interesting, doesn’t it?