November 16, 2006

"Who knew the tankini phenomenon all started with a dude?"

Don't look! I will not be responsible for any trauma you may suffer if you look.

TWO AFTERTHOUGHTS:

1. Yesterday, I was driving in my car, listening to my favorite XM radio channel, 60s on 6, and they played the great Temptations recording "I'm Losing You," and I could hear the Rod Stewart version of the song playing in my head. Rod's version was better.

2. For quite some time, as I've watched so many people wearing super-low-cut pants, I've been thinking the next step in shockingly low cut pants would be... well, it's what Rod's showing in the picture at the link. It would probably be more amusingly done with some sort of fake fur, though.

24 comments:

Revenant said...

Aiee! I looked!

Dave said...

Who's the chick?

AJ Lynch said...

Unfortunately for Stewart, I think the picture answers that question he used to sing ...."If you think I'm sexy...."

the pooka said...

Ugh. I think I need my stomach pumped.

SteveR said...

Britt Ekland almost makes it worth it. Almost

Joseph Hovsep said...

oh my god. and people complain about obscene chalk drawings...

JohnF said...

Wait a minute. Was there some guy in that picture too?

SMGalbraith said...

The Temptations' version was better.

Pre-picture or post-picture.

reader_iam said...

Still tooling along, I see.

Heh.

Ron said...

You know if he could, Mick Jagger would sculpt his pubic hair to look like...Mick Jagger. Just to give Charlie Watts something to look at while he...

Ron said...

For Britt Ekland back then I'd have sold my mother to a Columbian druglord to pick coca leaves the rest of her life...

Ron said...

well, it's what Rod's showing in the picture at the link. It would probably be more amusingly done with some sort of fake fur, though.

Whatya thinkin' Ann, some sort of Nether Regions 'Welcome Back Kotter', kinda Afro? Or maybe something with a jerry curl?

Liam Colvin said...

I got one word for you:

Merkin.

Ruth Anne Adams said...
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Pat Patterson said...

Quick look at the original The Wickerman for an even better view of Britt.

paul a'barge said...

Merkin?

Wasn't he a character in Dr Strangelove?

Ann Althouse said...

Paul: Didn't we just have this conversation a month ago?

knoxgirl said...

Hell-o! Credit where credit is due! Perhaps Rod was the first, but Richard Simmons was the one who took the tankini to the next level....

Ann Althouse said...

Ridiculous as Richard Simmons was, he never wore bikini bottoms and he never showed his bare tummy flesh.

George said...

In Style ran a ridiculous feature on ol' Rod a few months ago. The guy's Florida mansion is positively awash in marble statues. What is he, like, 80 years old now?

knoxgirl said...

Ann, shame on you for referring to Richard in the past tense. He's as relevant today as when "Sweatin' to the Oldies" first revolutionized exercise video.

Sam said...

Rod Stewart's version of I'm Losing You *was* better (though the Temps' version was awfully great, too), but I think his wretched version of "Forever Young" ought to disqualify Stewart from ever having one of his covers praised.

Ann Althouse said...

Sam: "Forever Young" was much later. In 1971, when Rod Stewart recorded "Losing You," he was a brilliant singer. You can buy the whole album for only $10. I have always had the vinyl of this, but recently I bought the iTunes version of the last song on the album "Reason to Believe," just because it was running through my head for some reason. I think I talked about it in a podcast a while back. I've played that song a hundred times since then.

The two albums just before this one are also truly great: Gasoline Alley and The Rod Stewart Album.

Kent said...

My eyes just ran screaming from their sockets. Guess I shouldn't have looked.

Even Britt couldn't redeem that photograph.