TOTP 26th of October 1978: Patti, Lulu and Pauline of Legs & Co dance to Dan Hartman’s disco hit, Instant Replay, in some charmingly skimpy little spangly outfits. An enthusiastic performance with bags of energy.
TOTP 26 October 1978: Legs & Co. dance to ELO’s Sweet Talkin’ Woman
From the old blog, Wednesday, 1 June 2011:
Here’s another new clip that I could have sworn had already been posted on this site: but a search confirms that I’m wrong. Legs & Co. dancing to ELO’s Sweet Talkin’ Woman. Thanks to Bucksby for sending this clip.
Thanks guys. Another inventive effort from Flick and the girls. Like the hats but not one of my favourite Legs dances to an ELO number.
2 June 2011 08:30
This one’s starting to grow on me a bit with the quirky outfits and subdued expressions. Odd but enjoyable I’d say
TOTP 25th October 1979: Legs & Co. dancing to Chic’s My Forbidden Lover.
Thanks to Lee Nichols for the YouTube post.
From the old blog, Sunday, 27 February 2011:
Legs & Co. dancing to Chic’s My Forbidden Lover, on Top of the Pops. Dig those shiny electric blue disco trousers! A mystery contribution: many thanks to Bonanza, who sent it.
Thanks Bonanza/YMG. These ladies certainly know how to do Disco and those trousers are distracting to say the least.
27 February 2011 18:26
You are on a roll at the moment YMG with a veritable bonanza of great stuff. In those trousers the girls sure make the sparks fly. No need for shock therapy after that little number.
27 February 2011 20:01
Great post Bonanza! This is probably my favourite Legs and Co dance routine and clip, as I haven’t seen it since it was aired back in 1978/79. Sue looks the bizz in these tight shiny electric blue trousers. Nice post. Benja 🙂
I’ve no Pans, Legs or Ruby Flipper anniversary material today: so instead, here’s something different.
The Benny Hill Show. February 18th 1976: Benny introduces The Love Machine
Hill’s Angels were easily Benny Hill’s Best known dance group: their raison d’etre being an extension of Benny’s policy of decorating his traditional light-entertainment humourous fair with pretty girls at every opportunity. But before the Angels took up residence on the Show, other dance acts had appeared: immediately proceding Hills Angels were Hot Gossamer, their name demonstrating the transparent parody of Hot Gossip they were. Hot Gossamer themselves were mostly dancers from Dee Dee Wilde’s post TOTP incarnation of Pan’s People. who had previously appeared on Benny Hill’s show.
But before all that came The Love Machine, an existing dance quartet (later expanded to five) who appeared on the show in 1976 and 1977.
The choreography and outfits here share the Light Entertainment and Variety origins of Benny’s humour: sequin-heavy outfits, and stagey proscenial choerography. As with most of Benny’s dance material, this is as much about titillation than it is about music or dance.
Top of the Pops 31 August 1973:
Pan’s People dance to I Think of You by the Detroit Emeralds.
Every time I get despondent and think “That’s it! I’ll never get another new routine to share,” another generous soul proves me wrong. Hurrah!
An what a great routine this is: it’s oozing with literal choreography – which is a good thing. (If you don’t like literal choreography, go away and look at a Ballet Rambert site or something.) My favourite bit of literal? Louise pointing to her biceps for the line “makes me strong” (0:32).
All the dancers seem to be enjoying this light hearted routine, particularly Dee Dee’s faux forgetfullness. The whole thing feels well-rehearsed and tightly executed.
The outfits are great, but as usual my clothing vocabularly is sadly not up to a proper description. Flamenco trousers perhaps? But they’re one-piece: so flamenco catsuits? Surely not flamenco dungarees? And what do you call the scarf bra bit? I’m flailing around here, language-wise. Will some knowledgable person please comment and correct me?
Many thanks to the anonymous donor who supplied this marvelous bit of Pan’s People history.
TOTP, 21 October 1976: Legs & Co. dance to The Average White Band’s Queen of My Soul.
From the old blog: Monday, 20 October 2014
…this is the first Top of the Pops appearance of “Legs & Co.”, before they had even settled on that name. So of course we start of with the cameras concentrating on our new dancers: Rosie, Pauline, and Gill.
All together a fairly laid-back routine, to a fairly sedate example of blue-eyed soul from those Dunfermiline caucasians, The Average White Band. Originally broadcast 21 October 1976.
TOTP, 21 October 1976: Ed Stewart introduces Legs & Co.
Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.
From the old blog, Tuesday, 21 October 2014:
Following on from yesterday’s update of Queen of My Soul, Legs & Co’s first ever appearance, here’s a clearer, BBC4 version of another clip from the same 10 October 1976 episode I’ve also posted before: Ed “Stewpot” stewart introduces the six dancers, and announces the competition to find the group a name.
Of course the BBC seem to have mislaid the episode of a few weeks later, where the chosen name was announced, so I’m afraid I can’t show that historic moment here. Bah.
TOTP: 20th October 1977: Legs & Co. dancing to the Carpemters’ Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft.
TOTP2 Version from lulupatti&sue
From the old blog, Monday, 13 December 2010:
Here’s Legs & Co. dancing to the Carpemters’ slightly kooky Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft. The girls are all wearing different outfits here: I can’t see any common thread, but that’s not surprising when the song is so weird.
It’s from TOTP2, so there’s the usual annoying block of trivia text obscuring the screen for a large chunk of the performance. And even more annoyingly, it’s discussing a different version of the song, by a different group. And it’s blocking a particularly fine example of Patti’s high-kicking too. Aargh.
Thanks to lulupatti&sue for the clip. The quality is not the best, but it’s a great routine, and one I haven’t seen before. Of course if anyone has a better quality version of the clip, please get in touch.
YMG you are quite right this is a prime example of the TOTP2 butchering of clips. Why not put the useless block of info somewhere unobtrusive on the screen?? Still seeing the girls in these outfits is good for the soul no matter what so thanks a bunch
14 December 2010 01:59
Some Guy said…
Ymg and Pattiforpm. Love your subtle dig at the BBC`s totp 2. Reminds me of the other day when i received my reprimand. Ha,ha. Of course your dead right though. This clip was also ruined by the sight of the big hairy yeti popping up. Oh yeah i think Patti got the best cossie !
14 December 2010 22:18
Niall young said…
I remember seeing this when it was broadcast! …and yes, Patti’s costume was the best… fabulous stuff and I for one wonder when the BBC or other will produce a DVD featuring this and the best of PP, L&C… RF etc… we can only dream I guesss. so big thank you for sharing this ! 🙂
24 April 2012 12:59
Improved version from PattiforPM
From the old blog, Thursday, 24 February 2011:
I posted a version of Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft a while ago, that LuluPatti&Sue had sent me. Picture quality wasn’t all that great, and as a TOTP2 clip, it had big chunks of graphics spoiling our view of the performance.
Now PattiforPM has kindly sent in a much better version of the routine, without the graphical clutter. So now we can have a clear view of the whole performance, including those fantastic high kicks of Patti’s. Yippee!
Another intriguing costume mix. A little more of my favourite hardball Tiger would not have gone amiss but hey, at least we’ve got to 1st base.
25 February 2011 00:18
Personally I’m a Hockey fan and I’ve never wanted to cross the “Blue Line” so badly in a “Powerplay”
25 February 2011 00:23
Well one can dream of a home run even if one strikes out.
25 February 2011 11:06
great stuff and thanks p4pm
25 February 2011 14:41
Some Guy said…
Thanks for this P4Pm, so much better without the totp2 nonsense all over it.
25 February 2011 17:38
This routine is always good to see … a whole lot better without the totp2 captions
My old One for the Dads blog was shut down by the Kopyright Kops. So here's a new one. Still showing performances from Legs & Co., Pan's People and Ruby Flipper, amongst others. But no more downloads. Sorry.