A short while ago today I caught an episode of Charlie’s Angels that had the character of Kris Munroe (played by Cheryl Ladd) wearing what appeared to be black spandex disco pants. The episode is titled “Mother Angel” and aired November 15, 1978. This episode also happens to feature Farrah Fawcett as a guest after having left earlier on in the series. Ladd had replaced Fawcett as one of the regulars.
So it’s mid-November 1978. Shiny spandex jeans were starting to be seen everywhere on television. And here is Cheryl Ladd wearing a black pair with a leather/vinyl-looking red jacket. I’m not completely sure but these disco pants don’t seem to have any back pockets. I did catch a glimpse of a name brand tag somewhere near the waistline in the back. I haven’t seen that before. But they are clearly spandex disco pants. There is no denying that unique shine.
This episode is on dailymotion.com but it was uploaded in a reverse negative fashion. Thus all the writing is backwards. Fortunately, that has no effect on the awesomeness of disco pants. But the stills below have been corrected by me.
I think this is a show worth having on DVD if you don’t already. I suspect there are plenty of episodes of The Angels in spandex jeans. I know for a fact of four different episodes, two having black pants and two red. And the most recent I’ve seen feature Cheryl Ladd wearing them in both instances. I’m sure there are more. I have not watched this show since I was a child so I’m rediscovering this stuff now.
Here are some stills. The video was not the clearest so we’ll have to make do.
There she is in what appears to be a pocket-less pair of shiny spandex disco jeans. Would love to know what brand those are. I’m not huge on the ones without pockets, but they are skintight and shiny so I still like them. I’ll do a post on the episode where Cheryl’s wearing red ones soon.
Finally, I wanted to mention that American Apparel has a new color of disco pants for sale–“freesia.” It’s actually a wildly bright yellow color and I’m quite surprised by it. If disco pants were on the wane why would they issue a brand new color and an extremely loud one at that? Never having had yellow disco pants I plan to get me a pair of these. They look pretty nice on the website but I don’t think this color will do too well.
I’ll be ordering one of those ASAP!