Legs & Co. β€” D.I.S.C.O.

TOTP, 23 October 1980: Legs & Co. dancing to Ottowan’s D.I.S.C.O.

From the old blog: Monday, 6 April 2009

Legs & Co. on Top of the Pops, dancing to Ottowa’s D.I.S.C.O., in Tartan Miniskirts, white cowboy boots and shiny white strapless tops. Introduced by the Corny Hairflake.

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Legs & Co. – Queen of My Soul

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.

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Legs & Co. – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft

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.


PattiforPM said…

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 ! πŸ™‚

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!


Suefan said…

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

PattiforPM said…

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

Suefan said…

Well one can dream of a home run even if one strikes out.

25 February 2011 11:06

donna said…

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

jez said…

This routine is always good to see … a whole lot better without the totp2 captions

25 February 2011 18:37

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Legs & Co. – MacArthur Park

19 October 1978 Legs & Co. dance to Donna Summer’s MacArthur Park.

Thanks to ASmK for the YouTube post.

From the old blog: Monday, 24 February 2014:

He’s another BBC4 repeat upgrade for a routine originally posted in UK Gold VHS form. Legs & Co. dance to Donna Summer’s version of “MacArthur Park” written by Jimmy Webb and originally a hit for Richard Harris.

A suitably weird bit of choreography for a weird song: Pauline, Gill and Lulu start are dressed up as branches of a huge tree that Lulu dances around, waving a literal cake about, in full cutey-pie mode with a big white bow in her hair. The yellow dress is a bit more lyrical literalness, though the yellow dress the song refers to is cotton, while Lulu’s appears to be some sort of sparkly stuff. LamΓ© perhaps?

Things get a bit less weird once the disco beat kicks in after a minute or so, and everyone but Lulu appears sans branches in a bit of video overlay.

If you enjoy Jimmy Webb’s brand of baroque pop weirdness, I recommend Richard Harris’s performance of “The Hive“: it still gives me the shivers. “In the parking lot, they’re lettering a sign…”

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Legs & Co. – Tusk

Top of the Pops, 18th Oct 1979: Legs & Co. dance to Tusk by Fleetwood Mac

Eyebrows were raised throughout the World of Pop when Fleetwood Mac choose to follow there hugely successful Rumours album with an abrupt change in direction, from smooth AOR to tribal drums and murky chanting. Here Legs & Co. follow the Macs lead with some outré collaged outfits. Though in the end I don’t think either the music or the choreography pulls it off successfully, kudos to band and dancers for avoiding the safe path and trying something new.

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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 πŸ™‚
24 May 2011 22:41

Miss Peelpants said…

There’s nothing horrible about it, I would kill to own it! πŸ˜‰
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 πŸ™‚

11 April 2012 20:31

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