Fashion in Song – Mr. Zoot Suit (1999)

This 1940s style song was written and performed by the Flying Neutrinos for the 1999 film Blast From the Past:

He’s got great big feet, he’s jumping to the beat
He’s been dancing in the street
He’s dressed so fine, got lots of loot
We like to call him Mr Zoot Suit

He drives a great big car, smokes a big cigar
Looks like a king and he acts like a star
When we see him drive by he goes, “Toot, toot”
We all shout, “Hey, Mr Zoot Suit”

He’s got a purple suspenders and a yellow tie
(Say what?)
Come on boys, I tell you no lie
He’s got all those hats, funky spats
He is the hippest cat

No, no, he can’t be beat
Wherever he goes he turns up the heat
So when you see him drive by with that big cheroot
Don’t forget to shout, “Hey, Mr Zoot Suit”

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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