Pan’s People – Running Away

27 April 1972: Pan’s People dance to Running Away by Sly and the Family Stone

Thanks to ASmK for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Saturday, 23 April 2011:

Here’s a vintage filmed-on-location routine, from Pan’s People, dancing to Sly & the Family Stone’s Running Away. They’re having fun in a deserted department store: it’s a bit like “Dawn of The Dead” without the zombies.

Thanks to new contributor Katy Miss Queenie for sending a clip of this routine.

Comments:

Suefan said…

Good stuff Katy, many thanks. Always great to see Andi.
23 April 2011 08:36

jez said…

Many thanks Katy for uploading this clip.
23 April 2011 13:41

PattiforPM said…

Really nice to see a Pans routine out of the studio. Not Sly’s best effort though. Thanks Katy for sharing this.
23 April 2011 14:10

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Legs & Co. – Love You Inside Out

Top of the Pops 26 April 1979:
Legs & Co. dance to Love You Inside Out by the Bee Gees.

There’s a definite chinese quality to the music here, which I assume inspired the vaguely far-eastern outfits here, although the costumes are not slavishly authentic: their skimpy shortness allows the necessary leg room for these quite limber, athletic dance moves.

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Legs & Co. – Check Out The Groove

Top of the Pops, 24 April 1980:
Legs & Co. dance to Check Out The Groove by Bobby Thurston

From the old Blog, Monday 15 November 2010:

Here’s Legs & Co. on Top of the Pops, dancing to Bobby Thurston’s Check Out This Groove. with a tiny bit of Steve Wright at the end. Unfortunately, a couple of the cameraman seem to have gotten stuck in the audience, so we keep getting close of shots of the girls from below. Which wouldn’t be so bad except they are wearing revealingly tight shiny metallic pants. Oh dear.

Comments:

Some Guy said:

Oh to be a totp camaraman. Love the low shots looking up at those tiny shorts there wearing. Lucky bloke Steve Wright at the end. Bet he forgot about being surrounded by these goddesses 5 minutes later. Me, it would be like heaven. Jealous or what.
19 November 2010 19:12

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Legs & Co. – Bermuda Triangle

Top of the Pops, 23rd of April 1981: Legs & Co. dance to to Barry Manilow’s Bermuda Triangle.

Splashy fun in colourful bikinis, in the TOTP paddling pool.

This clip is dedicated to the old blog’s original commentator Hadeel, who first requested it.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 6 August 2014 :

There was something familiar about that Hot Gossip clip that I posted last week: something it reminded me of. I think it that set design based predominantly around the triangle. Triangles, yes. I know what it was: Bermuda Triangle. Legs & Co splashed around in a few inches of water in front of a similarly triangle-heavy set to Barry Manilow’s song about love in the dangerous North Atlantic. Okay it’s a much simpler set, but it’s still a bunch of big triangles.

You can imagine the TOTP set designers train of thought: “Well, we could spend all week setting up fake palm trees and an azure sky backdrop to get the studio looking like a tropical beach: but the effect would be ruined by our paddling pool looking like a giant black bin-liner. Also, with Legs & Co. dancing in skimpy bikinis, who’s going to be looking at the set design anyway? So let’s just set up a couple of huge canvas triangles instead.”

I’ll get around to posting the Hot Gossip clip mentioned here eventually, along with various others. Right now I’m concentrating on replacing the core TOTP performances from the lost blog.

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Pan’s People – You Sexy Sugar Plum

Top of the Pops, 22 April 1976: Pan’s People dance to Rodger Collins’ You Sexy Sugar Plum.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 2 November 2010:

Mary’s presence places this in the late period of Pan’s People’s reign on TOTP. Even though those outfits look like they came from charity shops, their brevity seems to fit well with the song title: You Sexy Sugar Plum by Roger Collins.

comments:

Some Guy said…

Not seen this one before, so thanks young mister grace for posted it. Not sure if its possible for a fresh faced sue menhenick to look any fitter.
7 November 2010 00:30

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Legs & Co. – Sir Duke

Top of the Pops, 21 April 1977:
Legs & Co. dance to Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke.

This lightweight, fun little routine catches the not-so-serious attitude of the song. In eye-catching silver lamé and pink outfits, the girls’ infectious energy is in marked contrast to the seated, subdued audience.

I reckon Rosemary & Lulu’s duo spot would be my highlight.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Legs & Co – Let’s All Chant

TOTP 20 April 1978: Legs & Co dance to The Michael Zager Band’s Let’s All Chant.

I’ve come round to liking these giant pom-pom outfits much more over the last five years, silly though they are. And I love the choice of Lulu for the close-up in the video mix during the “classical” middle bit. Concentration is written all over her face – as is the relief in her relaxed smile to camera when the music and dance switch back to disco. Peter Powell’s “second dose” comment refers to their previous appearance in that same episode, dancing to the Bee Gees Night Fever. What a show!

From the old blog, Thursday, 25 June 2009:

Legs & Co dance to The Michael Zager Band’s Let’s All Chant on TOTP. Although the competition is both fierce an stiff, I’d vote for these outfits as the silliest costumes legs & co ever had to wear.

comments:

74benja81 said…

A euro dance tune with a Space like feel to it, which was one of the fad’s back then from 1977/80, i.e. bands and songs like Shelia B and Devotion, War of the worlds, Super nature, and Magic fly, etc. etc. I really like this clip and dance by Legs and Co. for two reasons. Firstly it’s a quite a difficult song to dance too, and Legs do it brilliantly of course. Lulu looks a bit carried away with it all though lol. Secondly, there is a lot of focus on Sue in this clip, which makes me very happy of course! Good clip. Benja 🙂
9 December 2011 00:46

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Legs & Co. – Night Fever

Top of the Pops, 20 April 1978: Legs & Co. and to the Bee Gees’ Night Fever.

A favourite performance of mine, here are Legs & Co. in a routine clearly influenced by Saturday Night Fever, the hit film from which this song (like so many others in the charts at this time) was taken.

I suppose some people like the atmospheric effect of dry ice, but for me, as a dance fan, it only serves to get in the way of the performance. Still it could be worse; and the disco/catwalk set complete with mirrors and floor-level lights is quite inventive.

The strutting, striding choreography owes something to the dancing in the aforementioned film without being a slavish copy.

Join the discussion of this routine over on the forum.

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Legs & Co. – Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)

Top Of The Pops 19 April 1979:
Legs & Co. dance to Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) by The Jacksons

As ever, the Jacksons bring out the best in Legs & Co.: a fluid, dynamic example of Flick’s choreography, and a confident, relaxed, assured performance. Unbeatable.

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Legs & Co. – Call Me

Top Of The Pops 17 April 1980: Legs & Co. dance to Call Me by Blondie.

An energetic and fun performance. Suits and pork pie hats were all the rage back in 1980, thanks to the mod revival, and to the closely-related two-tone explosion from the midlands. I reckon two-tones black & white graphic style was also an influence in the set design here.

Thanks to Suefan for the clip.

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