Legs & Co. – Grease

Top of the Pops, 28 September 1978: Legs & Co. dance to Franki Valli’s Grease.

These slinky black off-the-shoulder outfits are clearly modelled on Olivia Newton John’s “bad-girl” makeover look from the “You’re the One That I Want” finale in the original film.

From the old blog, Saturday, 29 November 2008:

Legs & Co. on TOTP dancing to Frankie Valli’s Grease.

Clearly Lulu and Gill must have fallen into that gigantic vat of grease during rehearsals, leaving Sue, Patti, Pauline and Rosemary to perform the routine without them.

comments:

74benja81 said…

This would probably be my favourite Legs and Co dance routine next to Chic’s My Forbidden Lover clip.A classy,sexy,and funny clip rolled into one. This was the time in my life when I began noticing Legs and Co more and more.Love the sexy black outfits, which suit them all, and Sue well what can I say, who I liked way back when she was in Pans People from the start, looks absolutely amazing in this dance clip. This was when I was a big fan of her’s. Love the song and the film too, brings back great memories of summer 78. A really appreciated post! Thanks.
Benja πŸ™‚
14 December 2011 21:09

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Pan’s People – Back Stabbers

Top of the Pops, 28 September 1972:
Pan’s People dance to Back Stabbers by The O’Jays.

From the conversation over on the discussion forum, this clip seems to be a rehearsal recording rather than the broadcast performance, which doesn’t seem to have survived: notice the lack of a studio audience, for instance.

Still it’s good to have even this imperfect version to enjoy.

Thanks to panspeople.com for the YouTube post.

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Pan’s People – Monster Mash

Top of the Pops, 27 September 1973: Pan’s People dance to Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt Kickers again.

Top of the Pops, 13 September 1973: Pan’s People dance to Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt Kickers.

A mere snippet of this version, with only a few brief glimpses of PP.

Thanks to and ASmK & Andeebee for the YouTube posts.

From the old blog, Saturday 30 October 2010:

Here’s a couple of special treats for the Halloween season: not just a clip of Pan’s People dancing to Monster Mash: two clips!. The first will probably be the most familiar: the girls in monster-movie themed fancy dress. Louise get the easy option as a sort of tap-dancing vampire. Deedee is an egyptian mummy with a twenties flavour. Cherry is the cutest bat you’ve ever seen. Ruth draws the short straw in the gorilla outfit as King Kong. And I just can’t make out what Babs in meant to be: an alien car-hop?

The second is an earlier clip, from the time when Top of the Pops regularly commisioned and created short films to show where the artists weren’t available to perform in the studio. Here, amidst various kooky spooky goings on, Pan’s People dance around in a vaulted basement wearing sexy Morticia-Adams-type outfits. Merely a small taste in this incomplete clip, I’m afraid, but it’s all I can find.

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Legs & Co. – Another One Bites the Dust

Top of the Pops 25 September 1980 Legs & Co. dance to Another One Bites the Dust by Queen.

Legs & Co. in lacey black jumpsuits, dancing to a funky Queen number. An unusual routine hampered by the BBC technicians’ enthusiasm for then-cool video effects.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 1 March 2011:

Here’s a clip featuring Legs & Co. in lacey outfits, dancing to Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust on Top of the Pops.

Thanks again to the mysterious Bonanza for sending me this clip.

comments:

Some Guy said…

Yes thanks to Bonanza, keep em coming. A bit weird this one, nice work from Pauline, love the glove action, and a few nice shots of the goddess.

1 March 2011 21:16

PattiforPM said…

This is another creative one and I’m not sure I fully understand but I love the quick-fire filming and the outfits are admirable. Makes me think of undercover agents but I’m probably way off base (and fantasizing yet again)

2 March 2011 01:06

Suefan said…

Certainly another interesting routine and those outfits are certainly different but for some unfathomable reason it never fully works for me.

2 March 2011 13:50

jez said…

ive got to admit i really cant remember them doing this routine fist time round pheraps it was one of the rare occasions when i missed watching totp for the night, and i still can’t watch it now coz my computer won’t play the clip.

5 March 2011 13:08

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Legs & Co. – Endless Love

Top of the Pops, 24th September 1981: Lulu of Legs & Co. dances to Endless Love by Diana Ross.

Thanks to ASmK for the YouTube post.

From the old blog:

Here’s an almost-solo performance from Lulu, dancing with some bloke named Jeremy, to Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. Apologies for the ropey picture quality.

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Ruby Flipper – Disco Duck

TOTP, 23 September 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Disco Duck by Rick Dees And His Cast Of Idiots.

Silly, very silly, but fun. Floid’s pantomime duck outfit looks to be from the back of dusty cupboard in the BBC wardrobe department. Clearly not designed to be worn on a podium, we get to see just a little to much of the strapping-in undercarraige mechanism of the outfit.

Meanwhile the girls (and Floid, when he’s not in panto mode) are wearing the same charming outfits that they wore for “You Should be Dancing” a few months before.

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Legs & Co. – Best of My Love

TOTP, 22 September 1977: Legs & Co. dance to Best of My Love by The Emotions.

Thanks to Andeebee for the Dailymotion post.

From the old blog, Saturday, 5 February 2011:

Another gem from PattiforPM: many thanks. Legs & Co. dance to the Emotions’ Best of My Love.

It doesn’t take much to make me happy. ⎝⏠⏝⏠⎠

comments:

Some Guy said…

Well done princess Lulu. 200 up on this blog. Thank you.

6 February 2011 00:55

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Legs & Co. – (You Make me Feel) Mighty Real

To of the Pops, 21 September 1978:
Legs & Co. dance to (You Make me Feel) Mighty Real by Sylvester.
Featuring a guest appearance from Floid.

Thanks to Lee Nichols for the YouTube post.

from the old blog, Monday, 16 September 2013:

One of my favourite Legs & Co. performances, last week’s BBC4 Top of the Pops repeat has given me the excuse to post this higher quality version. Legs & Co. Dancing to Sylvester’s disco classic (You Make me Feel) Mighty Real. With a guest appearance from former Ruby Flipper dancer Floyd, this is a great performance, full of gusto.

In the days before the rise of the music video, when even promotional films were rare, Legs & Co (and their predecessors) were often called upon to dance to disco, soul and funk records, whose American originators were not available to perform, in the flesh or on screen. Since these records were almost always made with dancing in mind the combination, as here, was often fortuitous.

Also from the old blog, Sunday, 31 August 2008:

comments:

PattiforPM said…

Great routine and definite contender for “Best outfits ever worn by a TOTP dance troupe” in my opinion.
30 April 2011 15:08

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Legs & Co. – Don’t Bring Me Down

Top of the Pops 20 September 1979
Legs & Co. dance to Don’t Bring Me Down by ELO.

Like the Fantasy routine eighteen month previously, this performance is part of the Great British Tradition of Scaffolding in TV Pop. But unfortunately, these performances are obscured by wide horizontal metal strips in front of the dancers, framing perspex sheets. Why? Was somebody tightening up on Health & Safety at the BBC? Shame.

Thanks to Andeebee for the dailymotion post.

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Pan’s People – Nutbush City Limits

Top of the Pops 20 September 1973: Pan’s People dance to Ike & Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits

Thanks to panspeople.com for this YouTube clip.

A fine flamboyant hair-shaking hip-swiviling perfomance to one of the classic pop songs about the frustrations of parochial life in a small town, from Nutbush Tennessee‘s most famous child, Annie Mae Bullock.

This routine was posted on the old blog, but no cached version of the comments have survived, unfortunately.

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