Legs & Co. – Tokyo Joe

Top of the Pops 26 May 1977: Legs & Co. dance to Bryan Ferry’s Tokyo Joe

Thanks to panspeople.com for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Saturday, 16 June 2012:

I had assumed that the murky dark lighting was a function of the quality of the VHS recording, but it’s just as dark on this version. What’s going on? I can only assume they’ve kept the lighting low in order to show that the paper “lanterns”* are lit from inside. But if the lanterns are so important, What about the one with the obvious tear? The whole routine’s shot from a single camera postion (well, tracking in and out a little), so it could easily have been hung at a different angle. I dunno.

*Looking a lot like cheapo habitat paper & wire lampshades to me.

comments:

Suefan said…

Thanks for this better copy YMG as, apart from the style of lighting, there is much to enjoy in this dance. As usual Flick brings an unexpected element to her concept. Feisty Geishas. I like it.
16 June 2012 09:27

PattiforPM said…

As we’ve said this is too dark but on rewatching I am sure I was wrong about it being a replacement routine as the Dance is too well organised and the costumes and set too coordinated. Also there are some good moves and all told I think I gave this one a bad rap first time around.
17 June 2012 05:09

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Legs & Co. – You’re The One That I Want

Top of the Pops, 25 May 1978: Legs & Co dance to You’re The One That I Want by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

February 26. 2015: I don’t supposed anyone has been hanging on in breathless anticipation waiting for this post. Top of the charts for nine weeks in 1978, every regular TOTP viewer must have become heartily sick of the clip from Grease used to promote this record. But when it came to 2013, the BBC couldn’t afford the fees demand for the repeat from the film company, so instead they substituted this routine, for every episode they repeated.

Now I like this routine: the slightly crazy outfits, with the semi-see-through lacy skirts and the blue/green theme; performance is full of good-natured gusto all round, with Rosemary particularly chirpy; and it’s always nice to see a guest appearance from Floid, who gives a good account of himself here. But it was originally conceived for one performance only: and after four or five or six repeats, I was craving ONJ stamping out the cigarette, and Travolta bouncing about in the crazy house again.

However watching again for this repost, I’m relieved to find that the intervening eighteen months has rendered the routine refreshingly entertaining again. Phew.

By the way: Is it just my imagination, or do all of Legs & Co. have a little extra spring in their steps whenever Floid returns? It must be their respect for his technical expertise, I expect. Yes.

Thanks to YouTuber “TheGRStars” for the post.

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Legs & Co. – Hot Stuff

Top of the Pops, 24th May 1979:
Legs & Co. dance to Hot Stuff by Donna Summer.

An explosion in the wardrobe department, as Legs & Co. dance in three different sets of outfits: belly dancers (Lulu, Patti, Pauline & Sue), showgirls (Rosemary & Gill) and little spangley one-piece outfits (all six). All in a literal hot colour scheme, with sutable fiery bluescreen effects.

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Legs & Co. – Suicide is Painless

Top of the Pops, 22 May 1980:
Legs & Co. dance to The Mash’s Suicide is Painless (theme from M*A*S*H).

Update, 12 February 2015: Broken clip replaced.
Thanks to Youtube poster “TOTP from the 80s”.

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Legs & Co. – Stray Cat Strut

Top of the Pops, 21 May 1981: Legs & Co. dance to The Stray Cats’ Stray Cat Strut.

Thanks to “elandsee1” for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Saturday 9 April 2011:

There have be too many clips with Legs and Co as mere supplemental performers on this blog of late. Here’s a welcome return to centre stage, from PattiforPM (thanks as ever): dancing to The Stray Cats’ Stray Cat Strut. Featuring lots of denim and faux leopard skin, and a fine cartoon-style prop fish skeleton.

Priceless lyrics:

Get a shoe thrown at me from a mean old man,
Get my dinner from a garbage can.

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Legs & Co. – Sunday Girl

TOTP 17 May 1979: Legs & Co. dance to Blondie’s Sunday Girl.

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Legs & Co. – Just Can’t Give You Up

Top of the Pops, 15th May 1980:
Legs & Co. dance to Just Can’t Give You Up by Mystic Merlin.

Two performances for the price of one here: electronically matted into the background are Legs & Co. dressed as angels, although their wings are sometimes difficult to make out agains the washed out white background. Meanwhile in the foreground, they’re dancing in… cat outfits? Well, their ears would definitely suggest cats, but what about the context? Contrasting with angels, a set design of stylised flames, and a flaming backdrop whenever the angels disappear?

Were these cats originally devils perhaps? Did some producer decide agains having devils represented in a family show? Difficult to believe, since the whole crazy “Satanic Abuse” panic didn’t really get going until the next year.

Anyway, if the decision to ban the devil outfits was taken late in the day, a cat outfit would probably be the easiest adaptation to make: keep the tail, change the ears, voila! This might also explain the washed-out overdosed nature of the “angels” routine, a deliberate attempt to hide the wings and de-emphasise the angels reference.

Or is my imagination running away with me, just a bit?

Thanks to ASmK for the YouTube post.

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Legs & Co. – Stars on 45 (14 May 1981)

Top of the Pops, 14 May 1981: Legs & Co. dance to Starsounds Stars on 45.

Only 27 seconds of this one, I’m afraid. I don’t know if a full-length performance of this routine was ever broadcast: I’ve only ever seen this excerpt, as part of an extended chart rundown. Shame, really, since by this point in 1981, performances where Legs & co. got the stage to themselves were becoming a rarity.

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Ruby Flipper – Soul City Walk

Top of the Pops 13th May 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Archie Bell & the Drells’ Soul City Walk.

Thanks to ASmK for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 30 December 2009

From the second week of Ruby Flipper’s run on TOTP, first broadcast on 13th May 1976. Here they dance to Archie Bell & the Drells’ Soul City Walk.

Though I usually try my best to avoid being so crude and disrespectful as to discuss anyone’s physical appearance, I neverless feel compelled to mention that those shorts really do suit Cherry particularly well

Taken again from Einsfestival’s re-broadcast of the original 1976 show. As before, nyrainbow4 has kindly posted a version of this clip on YouTube, but the Copyright Gestapo have forced him to replace the original soundtrack with something innocuous.

Comments:

74benja81 said:
I didn’t mind Ruby Flipper, even though I am a Legs and Co man myself, and was glad to see them arrive. I think out of the males, Floyd was great in Ruby Flipper, and made them if I am honest, great mover very witty and a good actor with full of character. Love this song, and I like the set and dance routine to it, for that time it was pretty good going. Sue dances and looks extremely gorgeous in those tight jeans and heels she wears for this shoot, and that look hasn’t dated to today. A nice post. Benja 🙂
12 December 2011 00:02

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Ruby Flipper – Love Hangover

Top of the Pops May 13 1976: Ruby Flipper dancing to Love Hangover by Diana Ross.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 30 December 2009:

Continuing with German satallite channel Einsfestival’s re-broadcasting of vintage Ruby-Flipper-era TOTP episodes, here’s RF dancing to Diana Ross’s Love Hangover on their second week on the show (13th May 1976): some sensuous, slinky dancing to a very sensual piece of music. The producers seemed keen to use Ruby Flipper far more extensively than their predecessors: after two performances on their first week, there are two full-group routines on this show, plus a third with just Floyd, Sue & Lulu. More details in later posts.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

Comments:

Some Guy said…

Wow what a sexy sort of performance for 1976. Bet the BBC bigwigs were a bit twitchy about this.

13 November 2010 23:09

Carl said…

Love it, Love it, Love it.
Smouldering sultriness and Disco Funk come together. One of my favourite Ruby Flipper routines.

20 January 2011 19:48

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