Legs & Co. – Woman In Love

Top of the Pops 16 October 1980: Legs & Co. dance to Barbara Streisand’s Woman In Love.

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Pan’s People – Close to You

Top of the Pops 15 October 1970: Pan’s People dance to The Carpenters’ Close to You.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 24 May 2011:

Don’t panic: there’s no sound for the first few secomds of this clip, so we don’t get to hear Tony Blackburn’s introduction. No doubt he was his usual braindead showbiz zombie self: look at the forced, fixed grins on the audience members around him.

Anyway, here are Pan’s People auditioning to play the Bennett sisters in Pride & Prejudice, as they dance to The Carpenters’ Close To You.


Miss Peelpants said…

Never mind their costumes, the girl to the right of Mr Blackburn is wearing the most AMAZING Ossie Clark dress and I want to jump into the video and nab it…
24 May 2011 12:22

Some Guy said…

Miss P, do you mean the girl who wearing the horrible green thing. I reckon youd look better in the black outfit that the Young Carol Vorderman lookalike is wearing !
24 May 2011 17:07

PattiforPM said…

Well I looked horrid in all that turn of the 70s gear myself! Anyway this is a nice routine, easy listening and easy watching too.
24 May 2011 18:44

Suefan said…

Thank you bucksby, so nice to watch a Pans routine I’d never seen before. Another that features Andi has to be a real treat, although how can anybody choose from amongst these sisters as they are all so elegant and poised. Miss FC should also take a bow for her classy routine. How she would have graced one of those flowing dresses herself.
24 May 2011 22:06

carl said…

this was 5 years before I was even born so the audience in this clip will be about my mums age and drawing their pensions really hard to believe! This is the only full colour show from 1970 that still exists sadly. I hadn’t even heard of Ossie Clark before so I googled his name and found out about him. You learn something every day 🙂
24 May 2011 22:41

Miss Peelpants said…

There’s nothing horrible about it, I would kill to own it! 😉
Here’s a photo of Charlotte Rampling wearing it in blue.
25 May 2011 13:27

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Ruby Flipper – Play That Funky Music

TOTP 14 October 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry

From the old blog: Monday, 26 July 2010

Ruby Flipper – Play That Funky Music
Don’t worry chums, I’m not dead! (crosses fingers to avert hubris) Here’s Ruby Flipper dancing to Wild Cherry’s Play That Funky Music on Top of the Pops.

Another clip from German TV channel Einsfestival.


Some Guy said…

This was there last apperance On totp, and arguably there best. BBC bigwigs put a stop to there fun. I thought they were pretty cool,even Floyd and phillip were alluring in a strange sort of way. But we got legs and co at the expense of these.

13 November 2010 22:47

Carl said…

The end of an era! But they went out with one of their best dances.
Thank you Floyd, Lulu, Patti, Phil and Sue, Thank you Ruby Flipper.

20 January 2011 19:28

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Legs & Co – The Greatest Love of All

13 October 1977: Legs & Co dance to The Greatest Love of All by George Benson.

At an Oh-Eff-Tee-Dee social gathering the other day, I was shocked to hear someone nominate this as their least favourite Legs & Co. routine. Really? But this is surely the most perfect marriage of the arts of choreography and semaphore? But that’s only my opinion, I know.

Perhaps some fluent semaphore reader could reveal the no-doubt highly profound hidden message in these gestures.

And how pleasant to hear George Benson’s version of this song. So smooth, so light, so free of the hystrionic caterwauling that ruin some later versions.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Legs & Co. – Blame It on the Boogie

TOTP, 12 October 1978: Sue and Rosemary of Legs & Co. dance to The Jacksons’ Blame It on the Boogie.

Thanks to Glen Marshall for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 1 February 2011:

Here’s Legs & Co. – well Sue and Rosie, anyway – dancing to The Jacksons’ Blame It on the Boogie.

Yet another gift from the very generous PattiforPM.


kace said…

thanks patt4pm. great vid

1 February 2011 22:16

Some Guy said…

TWO MEGA HOT BABES. One is my girl looking every inch the goddess that she is. So how come i cant keep my eyes of the lovely Rosie in those shorts. Maybe i am going though some sorta mid life Sue crisis here.

1 February 2011 22:53

Albert Trinker said…

Super! Thanks for this. Nice moves from both of them IMHO. But poor Rosie looks proper out of puff at 1’10” in. Still looks good tho 🙂

11 April 2012 20:31

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Pan’s People – I Get a Kick out of You

Top of the Pops, 10 October 1974: Pan’s People dance to I Get a Kick out of You by Gary Shearston.

Pan’s people in white lacey undies dancing to Gary Shearston, singing an old Cole Porter classic. Rescued from oblivion by the sainted Grant Watkins, who included this routine on his demonstration tape, presumably because of the sophisticated multi-layered blue-screen matting & feedback effects: the fact that it features Pan’s People in stockings and suspenders would have had nothing to do with it. Oh no.

Gary Shearston turns out to be an Australian folk singer: so that accounts for the slightly unusual accent in this performance, when I had always taken to be some sort of cockney.

From the old blog, Monday, 24 December 2012:

I’ve received an interesting video disk from a generous anonymous donor: labelled “BBC Demonstration Tape”, it contains various clips from BBC music and comedy shows from the seventies, including a few performances from Pan’s people and Legs & Co. Most of them are on the blog already, but here’s one we don’t have: Pan’s People dancing to I Get a Kick out of You.

From the line-up, this must be sometime in late 1974 or early 1975. I had idea who the singer is, but PattiforPM has identified him as Gary Shearston, and the TOTP date was October 10 1974. While the inserted clip of Dick Emery & Henry McGee is not ideal, let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth. At the end, we get the now-very-familiar “Beautiful Babs” clip from Porridge.

My donor is keen to give credit for the tape to the late Grant Watkins, who was also responsible for the BBC VT Department’s traditional christmas blooper tapes for 1978 and 1979 which both featured guest appearances from Legs & Co.

Merry Christmas and many thanks to my anonymous benefactor.

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Legs & Co. – Casanova

Top of The Pops October 9th 1980:
Legs & Co. dance to Casanova by Coffee.

It’s a fabulous historical mash-up, as our heroines dress like 18th century courtesans (well a bit like), and behave like 19th century can-can dancers: all that provocative wiggling; and those little squeals of delight! They seem to be having a rare old time: Lulu in particular performs with great gusto. Lovely!

From the old blog, Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Here’s another great clip from PattiforPM. Thanks! Legs & Co. dance to Coffee’s Casanova. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something about these 18th century outfits tha doesn’t seem absolutely authentic. I’m probably being overly fussy, but there must be sometiny detail that doesn’t ring true. But hey, it’s Top of the Pops, not a historical drama.


Suefan said:

This is one of my favourite fun routines and I like the costumes. Was this not how ladies dressed and comported themselves then in the 18th century??
I’m also always amused at how Gill quickly dumps that basket she is saddled with at the start. All the other girls carry their impedimenta through to the end but not she, a girl of spirit. Now if it had been a hot dog, than that might have been another matter.
27 April 2011 10:17

PattiforPM said:

This playful little number is quite fun I agree. The delightful whoops and the coy but naughty deportment of the participants is very appealing.
27 April 2011 19:46

Some Guy said:

Yes this is superb stuff, one of my favourites this. Love Lulu at the one minute mark.
28 April 2011 06:52

Dug5y said:

Well, you learn something every day. I never knew that L&C were one of the first exponents of Burlesque on our screens!! Great quality clip.
28 April 2011 08:26

jez said:

thanks once again p4pm this is one routine i do not remember watching before
28 April 2011 20:26

carl said:

Hi everyone. Just joined this great site and I am viewing loads of routines that I havent seen before including this one.
17 May 2011 18:14

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Legs & Co. – Shut Up

Top of the Pops, 8 October 1981:
Legs & Co. dance while Madness perform Shut Up.

It’s October ’81, and the writing is on the wall for Legs & Co.’s TOTP career. Once again they’re reduced to sharing the badk of the stage with the audience, while we have difficulty hearing the music (yes the music, that thing that the whole show is meant to be about) because the producer insists on dubbing fake party noises over the top.

But… But… At least they get a proper choreographed routine to perform: at least they get nice flattering Police-Women-in-Tights outfits to wear: at least they’re not scattered amongst the audience, but remain together as a recognisable entity. Maybe I’m clutching at straws, but this still remains an enjoyable clip to watch, and not just because Madness are such entertaining chaps.

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Ruby Flipper – Dancing with the Captain

Top of the Pops 7 October 1976: Lulu and Sue of Ruby Flipper dance behind Paul Nicholas who sings Dancing with the Captain.

A fairly obvious choice of outfits and moves here, as I remarked in the old blog, but lightweight jokey pop songs like this almost demand a bit of knowing jokiness in their interpretation.

Paul Nicholas at this point was blurring the distinction between pop-star and actor-playing-pop-star. As a snobby music purist teenager, I hated this with righteous rage. Now it just seems like a bit of fun: made more delightful with some apt, light-handed choreography.

From the old blog, Friday, 31 July 2009:

Here are Lulu and Sue on TOTP, in nautical outfits doing a few hornpipe steps, behind Paul Nicholas, who’s singing Dancing with the Captain. Yes, it’s literal references time again.

Although both went on to become members of Legs & Co., Lulu & Sue were members of Ruby Flipper at this point.

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Legs & Co. – From Here To Eternity

Top of the Pops 6 October 77:
Legs & Co. dance to “From Here To Eternity” by Giorgio Moroder.

This is really more of an exercise in video effects than a dance routine: we can see what’s going on in the silhouetted part, but the background is just a swirly blur of fast moving close-ups. Which all makes Noel’s closing comment, “I bet those outfits made you concentrate on what’s happening” all the more frustrating.

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