Tuesday, July 05, 2005

MC Hammer. Michael Jackson. Fake-ass fads.

Confession: I used to have an MC Hammer hookup. Remember: the big-ass baloon pants, the oversized shirt. I had it in high school, back when I had no business wearing it, back when Hammer was da shit and was floating down from the sky in KFC commercials, looking like a clown in oversized gazelles.

And, remember the Michael Jackson "Beat It" jackets? With all the zippers? I had one. Got it in the 6th grade when I got a good report card. I remember back then that having one was all that. You would roll up in school with a Beat It jacket like you finna whoop somebody ass.

That got me to thinking about ridiculus, fake-ass fads. Why in the hell did we fall for them? Ok, ok, Michael Jackson was big back then (before he was sleeping with little boys), but when I look back on that horrible ass jacket I realize somebody should have shot me in the head for wearing that bullshit. I was home recently and was bullshitting with my brothers and sisters and we were going through old photographs and one with me in that jacket came up. What the fuck was I thinking? I think I wore that jacket twice my whole childhood. After a while, the coolness of being one of the few kids in school with a Beat It jacket fades and you become That Kid With All Those Damn Zippers.

6 comments:

JB from Miltown said...

Damn! Drew in Hammer pants. That would've been a sight to see. But on the serious tip, I agree with you wholeheartedly on the notion that so many fads are really just stupid. Kudos to you for admitting you wore Hammer pants and an MJ jacket though.

Drew said...

Mind you, I didn't wear them the Hammer pants and the MJ Jacket at the same time.

jqsanders said...

See, I'm just trying to get past the image in my head of Drew in Hammer pants and the "Beat It" jacket PLUS rocking a jheri curl. Damn.

A.Run said...

Wearing Jackson Jacket and Hammer pants together would that make you a Jackhammer?


uhmm...sorry.,

J said...

black people's No. 1 deep dark secret is a jheri curl..

No. 2 is hammer pants...

No. 3 might be the beat-it glove...

sadly, i had the first two and a ghetto version of the third. i mean, since fools were broke, i made my own michael jackson glove -- a cut-up tube sock.

hood represent!

*Madosi said...

no, i had a michael jackson doll as a kid. and i used to make clothes for him. i would cut up grocery bags, socks, old clothes i did not wear anymore and even clothes from my sisters' dolls (revamped of course). I was a regular FUBU in the making.