Spandex Disco Pants in “The Rosebud Beach Hotel” (1984)

I mentioned in the my last post that I took two pairs of the white Chinese disco pants to get altered when I picked up the charcoal AA pants. I’m pretty excited about those because they are bright white unlike any of the higher quality vintage pairs or AA pairs. So I’m going to have a sweet pair of uniquely white spandex disco pants that don’t fit like leggings! And a pair of bright white shiny spandex disco cutoff shorts for summer, too!

If you’re still on the fence about those Chinese disco pants, I do continue to recommend them. If you only get one or two colors go for black and white or navy. Just keep in mind that the lighter colors tend to be translucent as is true with the thicker, higher quality variety.

In other news, I just found out about a movie from 1984 called “The Rosebud Beach Hotel” which features The Currie Sisters as rock singers. Naturally, I wouldn’t even mention this flick if it weren’t for the fact that there is a scene of them performing a song called “Steel” at a beach wearing royal blue spandex disco pants. This takes place about 73 minutes into the film, with the film running a total of about 82 minutes. There are other scenes where they’re wearing shiny spandex one-piece outfits. I don’t care for those but if you do then there is more reason to watch the entire movie. The movie is characteristically 80s and other than the scene with the blue spandex jeans I wouldn’t care to watch it. Here is a still:


Quality is not very good, I know, but you can still see the body-hugging and shimmery aspects of the pants. Note how their pants, the stage floor and the drum set are all royal blue. Also note Fran Drescher in the lower left corner. I always thought she would look fabulous in spandex jeans herself. I wonder if she ever wore any….

This movie being from 1984 is one of the later examples of disco pants being seen. I’d say the peak period was from 1978-1982 with some drop-off in 1983-84 and much more sporadic instances the remainder of the decade. The nice thing about this example is that the individuals wearing disco pants were not shady types. They played themselves, as hotel workers who were discovered for their singing abilities. That was a refreshing change from the usual harlot-types or ditzy-types frequently found in these pants during this time.

Interestingly enough, this film and “Lovelines”, which I blogged about before and featured a character in gold disco pants and black disco pants, both came out in November of 1984. Apparently 1984 was ending on a good note in terms of spandex disco jeans.

Here is one more still of a closer view of one of the shiny blue pants:

The Rosebud Beach Hotel 1984 spandex disco pants



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7 Responses to Spandex Disco Pants in “The Rosebud Beach Hotel” (1984)

  1. Russ says:

    I’ve seen the clips from this movie on YouTube. Both the blue SDJ scene and the red jumpsuit scene. I hung a like on both of them in order to find them fast for my viewing pleasure. The red one piece bodysuits are the same, or real close, as the one that Markie Post wore in the two-part Buck Rogers episode “The Plot To Kill A City” from the first season of the series, so I think it was excellent seeing the Currie sisters dressed similarly. I agree with your point about presentation too. It was cool seeing women that weren’t supposed to be of ill repute wearing SDJs as if everyone does on a regular, everyday basis.

    • Spandex Disco Jeans says:

      I am amazed at the level of knowledge the readers here have!
      Glad you agree about the quality of characters associated with disco-pants-wearing. We gotta take back our disco pants! LOL

      • Russ says:

        In a somewhat related matter, I have been wearing my SDJs out and about recently. I have worn my cranberry red AA spandex disco jeans to Wendy’s and a nearby gas station to play the lottery last Friday, as well as out driving to pick up my wife. I have also worn a pair of small peacock green AA SDJs v2 (That’s what I call the new ones from the revamped American Apparel) that I picked up on Poshmark for $20, just to see if they fit any differently. I think they fit exactly as the the first AA’s. I have pics of myself in both of them as proof.

      • Spandex Disco Jeans says:

        Good for you, Russ! I’m very glad to hear that. Just think of how many others you are inspiring to do the same when they see you. Heck, even if it’s just one person. I am still on the lookout for a cranberry red pair myself.
        Put the pics on your Facebook unless you want them here 🙂

  2. Russ says:

    I don’t know about inspiring anyone, but I feel like wearing them out, just like rocker guys in the 1980’s did. TFB for anyone that doesn’t like it. I don’t think I attracted much attention though.

    I’ll send you some pics by email. Faceless of course. Post them whenever you feel like it. But I am wondering when you are going to post the last batch i sent you. Still waiting to see them.

    • Spandex Disco Jeans says:

      TFB indeed. But I’m sure you did inspire someone. I know that along the way I have been inspired by many a person doing something that I wanted to do. Even the little things.

      Ah yes, the pics you sent. Perhaps I’ll do a multi-color post once you send the new ones. Wouldn’t it be great if we lived in a world where we could post our pics without any concerns?

      • Russ says:

        Yes it would. Very much so. There’s too much stupid out there right now though. Unfortunately.

        I’ll select a few pics and email them to you when I have some spare time to do so.

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