Last night I went to bed fully expecting to wear disco pants on Saturday (today). This morning I woke up fully expecting to wear disco pants. And after a few comment exchanges with fellow disco pants enthusiast, Russ, about Leif Garrett, I had to watch some Leif videos online. After that I was even more eager to wear them today. And so I did. And in the process I got my 50th wearing of the year!
With two days yet to go this year I may just wear spandex jeans another one or two times. Why not? They’re great fun to wear and they look great on me and I in them.
It was just below freezing today but I managed in my black vintage Le’Gambi pants. Tomorrow should be closer to 40 so that makes it even better.
I paired the pants with a pair of Dr. Martens black boots, though it was cold enough to wear my Emu boots with. Or even my Ugg Guthrie boots which are still brand new in-the-box.
But getting back to Leif Garrett—if I could ask him one question it would be what he thought of wearing disco pants at the age of 16, 17. I imagine that, like Menudo, who was also underage, he didn’t have much say in terms of his public outfits. Not that age was the only factor of course. Surely other artists who were legally adults didn’t get to choose what they wore during performances and photo shoots. The Beatles used to wear leather outfits before they became famous. But after their renown they had to wear those suits so associated with them through 1966, after which the Summer of Love and hippie fashions dictated the styles. Come to think of it, I’d love to ask the members of Menudo what they thought of wearing shiny spandex jeans as well. I’m sure they had even less and most likely no say in what their outfits looked like.
Leif was probably not only the first guy but the first anyone to wear spandex disco pants after the summer of Sandy & ‘Grease.’ According to my research, while Grease was the catalyst for these pants in the summer of ’78, they didn’t really take off until the following year. This is why I am trying to compile a list of all TV shows and movies where disco pants could be seen. That will give a better understanding of when things started, peaked and sadly, came to an end.
On another note, Shaun Cassidy was another big-time wearer of these pants and he was a few years older than Leif. In fact, when the pants were finally a thing he was already twenty. Thus I wonder if he had some say in his outfits. But again I know it wasn’t all about age. I know that had it been me in the position of Leif or Shaun I would have never made a public appearance or done any photo shoots not wearing disco pants. I would have insisted they become a trademark of my image, just like Mr. Rogers’ sweaters, Bob Ross’ ‘fro and Frank Zappa’s garish facial hair.
By the way, those disco pants I found at the thrift store last Friday were not Hot Topic as I stated. They’re Forever 21. Here’s a photo of a similar pair from the web:
The shine is much more subtle and totally not the shine we have come to expect from spandex disco pants. The fit isn’t even that great either. The material is just too stretchy. Perhaps in a different light it may look better but who knows. This was definitely one of the dupes to avoid. Even if these had originally cost $25 brand new you would be so much better off with one of the Chinese ones from Aliexpress. At least those had the right shine and fit.
Finally, I came across a newer Canadian television show called “Wynonna Earp.” A character on this show named Waverly Earp and played by British actress Dominique Provost-Chalkley is wearing AA disco pants in the eleventh episode of the first season. Here’s the still I came across:
This episode is called “Landslide” and was first broadcast on June 10, 2016. So when you think about it it’s a rather late date in terms of seeing disco pants on a tv show. But it’s a good sign. Clearly these pants are still popular and if they keep putting them on newer shows it could lead to a revival. And I have no problem with these coming back strong. I don’t need to be the only one wearing them. My philosophy has always been when I come across something awesome I want to share it with as many people as possible.
Anyway, I mistakenly ended up watching the debut episode of this show thinking it was the one with the disco pants. This first episode had a very attractive young woman wearing leather-type leggings. Sadly she was killed off early on. After watching most of the first one I realized it was the wrong one. I didn’t enjoy the show. Too violent, too gory. Not a show I would watch unless they consistently featured the attractive Earp sisters in disco pants. And did I mention the above Waverly Earp even got shot at the end? She didn’t die but the above still is from before that happened. Once gunfire erupted at the house she’s pictured in she was dragging her knees and legs in those disco pants in order to avoid getting hit. Oh and she has a perverted, tattooed, two-timing sleaze of a male she calls a boyfriend (though she is either bisexual or a lesbian).
I went ahead and purchased this episode just to get more images of her in the disco pants. Here are some of the best:
The images are disappointingly unclear but at least the disco pants and their unmistakable shiny are quite visible. There is not a lot of footage of her in disco pants. The main scenes are when she’s coming into the room with two cups, when she’s on the kitchen floor with her WMD, and when she’s falls to the floor after having been shot. That was it and it all happened within the final portion of the episode. Add this one to the archives!