General Larry Platt is the biggest sensation to hit the audition room on the ninth season of American Idol, and there may be a recording contract in the retiree’s future. Platt famously lambasted the saggy pants-wearing culture common with an overwhelming number of men under 30 in his self-written ditty, “Pants On The Ground.”
The song became an overnight anthem. Fans have hit YouTube more than 3 million times to view the infamous video of General Larry swaying and James Brownin’ It as he chants: “Pants On The Ground/Pants On The Ground/Lookin’ Like A Fool With Your Pants On The Ground….” The phrase even became a trending topic on Twitter.
Now, the Atlanta homeless shelter employee — who marched with Dr. King during the Civil Rights Movement — is on course to become Idol’s next William Hung if Jake Records has its way. Platt, 63, has been offered a deal with the label, says Jake CEO Scott Thomas. Jake is an independent label that launched in 2008 and counts alt-rappers Digital Underground among the artists on its roster.
“General Larry Platt has an energy about him that is infectious,” Thomas praised the veteran in a release Wednesday. “We’d love to work with Mr. Platt to generate some exposure for his original song, but also the causes that he holds near and dear to him.”
Platt appeared on The View on Monday to perform the song, and inspired both Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre and Jimmy Fallon to cover the hit. According to TMZ.com, Platt never obtained a copyright for “Pants On The Ground,” so he is looking to hire a lawyer to help him collect some kind of compensation.