Donald Where's Your Troosers?
|"Donald Where's Your Troosers?"|
Cover of the 2011 Best Of album
which included the song
|Single by Andy Stewart|
|from the album A Scottish Soldier|
|Genre||Comic song, Music of Scotland|
|Label||EMI Top Rank|
|Songwriter(s)||Andy Stewart, Neil Grant|
"Donald Where's Your Troosers?" is a comic song about a Scotsman who wears a kilt rather than trousers. It was written by Andy Stewart with music by Neil Grant. When performed by Andy Stewart and the White Heather Group, it was a hit in 1960, reaching #37 in the UK charts and #1 in Canada. When re-released in 1989 it became an even bigger hit, reaching #4 in the UK.
Stewart wrote the song in 10 minutes while he sat, trouserless, in the lavatory of a recording studio. The song tells of a rustic Scotsman who wears the kilt in defiance of the shock this causes to polite society such as well-spoken ladies on the London Underground. The music supports the theme in its chord progression, which shifts from the double tonic of Scottish music to a V-i cadence more typical of highbrow music. As performed by Andy Stewart, a verse is also performed in the style of Elvis Presley to provide yet another amusing clash of cultures.
The re-release happened when BBC DJ Simon Mayo played the song on the The Radio 1 Breakfast Show in November 1989 and then responded to listener's requests for replays, "We were in the mood for novelty nonsense, so we kept playing it". Sonet Records then quickly arranged a deal with EMI to release the song on the Stone label as a Christmas single – a market in which novelty songs often did well. Mayo continued to give it lots of airplay and the song was #4 at Christmas behind Jive Bunny's "Let's Party" and Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?". Stewart was not expecting this renewed success:
It was a great surprise to me. I was sittin' in the hoose one night and the phone rang. It was another record company, and he said "...they tell me you're aiming for number one at Christmas this year..." - I said: "You're Joking?" and I quickly whipped out my diary to make sure it wisnae the 1st of April! It all just happened very suddenly, and very strangely. It's one of these things that happen in showbusiness
In the media
- "Donald Where's Your Troosers" was featured in the second season episode, "Adam Raised a Cain", of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
- One common headline about the furore over allegations of Donald Duck being banned in Finland for not wearing pants was "Donald, Where Are Your Trousers?"
- Gordon Irving (13 October 1993), "Andy Stewart", The Independent
- Moore, Allan F. (2012), Song Means: analysing and interpreting recorded popular song, Ashgate, p. 202, ISBN 9781409438021
- Kevin Maguire (8 May 2012), "an I have a P please, Simon? New Blockbusters host Simon Mayo on taking over from Bob Holness", Daily Mirror
- Stephen Harris (2015), Donald, Where's Your Troosers?
- Mathew Clayton (2010), The Nation's Favourite: The UK's Best-loved Things, p. 14
- Auslan Cramb (24 Jul 2014), "Commonwealth Games: Message of hope comes from the heart", Daily Telegraph
- "Donald Duck Banned in Finland". Snopes.