Pan’s People – Until You Come Back To Me

Top of the Pops, 14 March 1974: Pan’s People dance to Aretha Franklin’s Until You Come Back To Me.

From the old blog, Saturday, 5 July 2014:

We’ve already had a grainy, low-quality black & white version of this classic Pan’s People routine on the blog for a while. But now, thanks to my anonymous benefactor, here’s a full colour version. Pan’s People dance to Aretha Franlin’s Until You Come Back To Me on Top of the Pops, 14 March 1974.

Still not perfectly picture quality, but a big improvement. Those posh frocks certainly benefit from the restored colour.

Thanks again to my anonymous donor.

comments:

VintageVideos said…

I just love how Ruth is Aretha Franklin in this routine. First class!
5 July 2014 12:33

form sp said…

What beautifull fabric on those dresses.
The color version really shows just what shade of green louise in wearing.
Thanks for posting this and the others. A job well done OFTDs
Katy and Claie
5 July 2014 16:28

PattiforPM said…

I’m a convert Vin. Ruthie is fantastic here and I swear she calls me “baby” at least once too! Thanks anon poster and YMG
6 July 2014 05:15

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Pan’s People – Philadelphia Freedom

Top of the Pops, 13th March 1975:

Pans People dance to Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John.

Flasg waving Pans here, half honour guard, half cheerleaders.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 15 September 2009:

Pan’s People on Top of the Pops, in military-ish uniforms (I’ve never seen a soldier with a skirt that tiny) dancing and waving flags to Elton John’s Philadelphia Freedom.

Introduced by Sodden Lemon (anagram), it’s another clip from German TV channel EinsFestival’s classic TOTP repeats.

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Pan’s People – Hot Love

Top of the Pops, 11 March 1971: T. Rex Perform Hot Love while Pan’s People dance on a separate stage.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 21 April 2010:

Here’s a little vintage Pan’s People from TOTP in 1971. It’s a performance by T. Rex in the studio, with Pan’s People giving more of a supporting performance than a full dance routine. Well worth watching nonetheless. Those knitted (or is it crochet?) bikini tops are just so 1971.

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Legs & Co. – Torn Between Two Lovers

Top of the Pops, 10 March 1977:
Legs & Co. dance to Torn Between Two Lovers by Mary MacGregor

Thanks to panspeople.com for the YouTube post.

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Legs & Co. – Something Else

Top of the Pops 9 March 1979:
Legs & Co. dance to Something Else by the Sex Pistols.


Legs & Co. punk it up, but it’s the Zandra Rhodes-y, high fashion end of punk.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 8 June 2011:

Here’s Legs & Co.’s take on punk, dancing to the Sex Pistols’ Something Else. From the fag end of the Pistols glory days: Johnny Rotten having quit, vocals on this single are by Sid Vicious. Thanks to Norvik, who sent me a copy of this routine.

Comments:

Suefan said…

Good fun, although of their two Pistols performances I prefer “Silly Thing”. Quiz question now. Who is who under those wigs? Pink leggings, blue tabard and darkish wig for the Goddess but the other four…..?
8 JUNE 2011 11:42

PattiforPM said…

Well the beautiful creature in the green with blue leggings and a pink wig looks like a wonderful dancer
9 JUNE 2011 02:47

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Legs & Co. – Together We Are Beautiful

Top of the Pops, 6 March 1980: Legs & Co. dance to Together We Are Beautiful by Fern Kinney.

From the old blog, Friday, 11 March 2011:

Here are Legs & Co. dressed as colour-coded, shades-wearing fairy princesses, dancing to Fern Kinney’s Together We Are Beautiful. Interspersed with pictures of famous couples, including our own Pauline’s wedding photograph at 1:36. I don’t recognise the couple at 0:44 (and famous people I don’t recognise usually turn out to be sporty folk).

Thanks once again to PattiforPM for this clip.

One thing about the routine that I missed mentioned first time round: we briefly see cutout figures that they’re pushing around on a table, in the manner of a World War II air force control room:. The figures all look like they’re drawn by Dave McKee, whose most famous creation is Mr. Benn. I don’t know if all of the figures are from the same TV show, or how they came to be included. So perhaps the girls are not fairies but in fact Fates, directing people’s love lives?

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Legs & Co. – Hot Dog

Top of the Pops 6 March 1980: Gill from Legs & Co. dances with Shakin’ Stevens as he sings Hot Dog.

Not so much literal choreography, more literal set decoration. Gill spends a lot of this routine sitting on the fairly unconvincing “Hot Dog” stand, only occasionally jumping off to join Shaky for a dance. Shaky seems keener to dance alone.

Look out for a truly unappetising close up of a hot dog complete with onions at 1’49”.

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Legs & Co. – Jones Versus Jones

Top of the Pops, 5th March 1981:

Legs & Co. dance to Jones Versus Jones by Kool & the Gang

Thanks to SuPaLu for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Thursday, 17 February 2011:

Here’s a Legs & Co. routine that’s a sublime mixture of silly and strange: Lulu, Patti & Pauline are in drag, in short-trousered suits and fedoras, looking like moustachioed British Empire minor officials: with their brides (Gill, Rosie & Sue) still in their bridal veils and fancy wedding underwear, they’ve started the divorce already. Illustrating Kool & the Gangs’ Jones Versus Jones.

Picture quality is not the best, but we should still thank Amy for finding this clip.

comments:

jez said…

thanks very much to amy and ymg i love this routine and song the routine was as still as fresh in my memory as when i first watched it 30 years ago
17 February 2011 19:52

PattiforPM said…

Thanks from me too Amy/YMG. Must say Patti’s the hottest groom I’ve ever seen: no idea how Rosie can reject “him”
18 February 2011 02:45

Suefan said…

Good work Amy, you beat me to the punch with this one. Afraid my copy is no better quality YMG, although it is just a tad longer. Pauline’s antics always catch my eye when I watch this one.
18 February 2011 12:28

74benja81 said…

Love this song, and Legs dance and act this routine so well. One of my favourites. A real treat to see Sue dancing always, especially in a Nightie with a pair of tights and a wedding day garter on, I love it! Nice post, and lovely to see again after all these years. Thanks! Benja 🙂
8 December 2011 20:10

Some other points that I missed in my original comments:

Everyone seems to be throughly enjoying the great mugging opportunity this performance offers.

My favourite “literal” moment is the brides’ traditional screwy gesture from 1’22” to 1’25” for “All this love is now so crazy”.

Since the “brides” are in high heels, they’re all noticeably taller than the “grooms” in their flats, adding an extra touch of pathos to their pantomimed rejection.

Finally, it’s usually considered ungallant to suggest a woman resembles a man, but I think we all make an exception for Johnny Depp, who’s considered such an attractive fellow, by both men and women. So I’m (fairly) confident that Patti will understand, when I point out how much she resembles him here, that it’s meant as a compliment. Gulp.

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Legs & Co. – Sound And Vision

Top of the Pops 3 March 1977: Legs & Co. dance to David Bowie’s Sound And Vision.

Thanks to another anonymous and generous donor, here’s a rare and long sought after performance. Not quite complete (there are a few seconds missing from the start of the record, and the end cuts off rather abruptly) but it’s the best we’ll get.

This is much more about the engineers playing with their video effects than about dancing, I would say. But it does sort of fit the mood of the music at least.

Many thanks to the anonymous contributor.

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Legs & Co. – Fantasy

Top of the Pops, 2nd March 1978:

Legs & Co. dance to Earth, Wind & Fire’s Fantasy.

From the old blog, Friday, 11 February 2011:

Thanks to PattiforPM, who sent me this clip: Legs & Co. dancing to Earth, Wind & Fire’s Fantasy.

Someday, someone will write the definitive history of scaffolding In Pop TV. It will cover everything from Granada TV’s Don’t Knock The Rock in 1965, through the BBC’s Something Else in 1978, to the Young One’s Nozin’ Aroun’. And of course this clip must get a mention.

comments:

jez said…

another wonderful routine with thanks to a wonderful bloke who keeps sending these brilliant clips patti4pm and once again thanks to ymg
11 February 2011 13:05

Some Guy said…

YMG. I love your sense of humour regarding your scaffolding intro. The Young ones `Nozin aroun` with a young Ben Elton was classic tv. Not seen that for years, must go and dig out the dvd with that on, wonder if its still as funny ?
11 February 2011 16:52

Re. my scaffolding cultural references: Don’t Knock the Rock and Nosin’ Aroun’ are both available on YouTube.

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