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"Eagle Rock" is also notorious in Australia for a more bizarre reason. Since the mid 1980's, whenever the song is played is played in a public bar or club, it has been common practice for Australian university students (largely male) to unstrap their belts and hobble around with their pants around their ankles for its duration. Members of Daddy Cool have admitted to being perplexed over the origin of this practice. It is often attributed to a group of mining engineering students, who at the time were residents of St Johns College, a residential college within the University of Queensland campus. St John's, which claims the title of Queensland's oldest college (a title shared with another University of Queensland college, Emmanuel), has had the eagle as its mascot since its founding, and as such argues that they began the practice. In "St Leo's, the memory" (1992) by Micheal A. Head, the author comments on the heated confrontations that occurred during his time at St Leos college, between the residents of both colleges relating to this issue.
The Clubs and Societies manual for the University of Queensland, has "Founders of the Eagle Rock Tradition" noted with the information for the UQ Mining and Metallurgy Association. Whilst it is a somewhat controversial claim, it is a reasonable suggestion with a number of St Johns residents specialising in the Mining field during the 1970s.
But the best bit is.....
Furthermore, the management policy of the University of Queensland's Student Union states no individual can be removed from the University pub, the Red Room, for dropping their pants whilst Eagle Rock is being played.