Legs & Co. – Now That We Found Love

Top of The Pops, 5th October 1978:
Legs & Co. dance to “Now That We Found Love” by Third World.

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Legs & Co. – Them Heavy People

TOTP October 4th 1979: Legs & Co. dance to Kate Bush’s Them Heavy People

From the old blog, Sunday, 13 November 2011:

Here’s updated version of clip I posted long ago: this time, Kid Jensen introduces Legs & Co. dancing to Kate Bush’s Them Heavy People. So with the repeated “rolling the ball” motif, what sorts of outfits could L & C’s designers have dreamed up for this song? Cricket whites? Crown green bowling old ladies with navy blue blazers, pleated white skirts and sensible shoes? Croquet mallets and sensible tweed suits? Ten-pin-bowling fat American slob shirts with slacks and unpleasent bowling alley shoes?

Nope. None of the above. They seem to have just given up, and dressed the girls in skimpy lingerie.

Oh well *sigh* : I suppose that’ll have to do.


PattiforPM said…

A suitably off-beat routine for the wonderful Kate Bush’s music and the ladies look absolutely fine. This is one of the dances that really got me hooked.

13 November 2011 15:27

Suefan said…

Captivating, hook line and sinker. All the girls slink to fine effect but its that little solo at 1.16 that sees my bp go off the scale.
Wise move that the studio audience were kept at a safe distance from such incendiary stuff.

14 November 2011 10:39

74benja81 said…

A Classic performance by Legs and Co here. Love the Nighties! It really compliments their dancing skills, with room to move fluently. This attire is a reminder of the Night Fever dance routine they did in 77/78.Glad the audience are far back, its good to see the girls dancing in full view. Sue looks absolutely exquisite here. The funny thing is, this wonderful Kate Bush song is about finding out and discovering about ones inner self, and she writes about this perfectly. In contrast to this, Legs are dancing to this song very sexy. What a contrast,from Inner to outer. Great quality clip to see. Benja πŸ™‚

30 December 2011 00:37

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Legs & Co. – Searching

Legs & Co. dancing to Searching by Change on Top of The Pops, Thursday 2nd October 1980.

I think I can follow the costume designer’s reasoning here.

  1. The song is called “Searching”
  2. There was a film called “The Searchers” in 1956 (starring John Wayne)
  3. “The Searchers” was a western
  4. So costumes should be western style shirts and cowboy boots. QED!

“The Searchers” as a western movie looms surprisingly large in the history of pop: giving a name to the sixties beat group of course, and John Wayne’s sardonic catch phrase in the film, “That’ll be the day!” inspired Buddy Holly’s song of the same name.

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Legs & Co. – The Birdie Song

Legs & Co. dance to The Birdie Song by The Tweets

Here are two separate performances by Legs & Co. dance to this classically awful catchy novelty hit, which blighted the airwaves and dance floors through the autumn of 1981.

Version 1: TOTP, 1 October 1981.

Well, if Legs & Co. are again relegated to become part of the audience, at least they haven’t been split up like misbehaving schoolgirls: and at least they’re at the front and centre of the audience, meaning they get in most shots. Lovely nautical themed summery white dresses here.

From the old blog, Sunday, 22 May 2011

I’ve already posted a clip of Legs & Co dancing to The Birdie Song, but here’s another featuring whichever out-of-work actors the Tweets record company had hired to wear the costumes that particular week.

Thanks the generous PattiforPM, who sent me this clip.


PattiforPM said…

Well here’s another contender for the worst group chosen to stand in front of a fine Dance Troupe.
23 May 2011 00:41

Suefan said…

Thanks for this one guys. The girls seem to have come dressed for tennis but I’m not complaining.
23 May 2011 08:17

Version 2: 15 October 1981.

Rather ropey picture quality here, I’m afraid. Legs & Co. without the band, but separated on podiums amongst the audience. I’m not sure about the relevance of their little maid’s aprons here.

From the old blog, TUESDAY, 22 MARCH 2011

What happens if you digitise a VHS video clip then scale it without first de-interlacing? you get ugly horizontal lines all over your video, like this:

I will be eternally greatful to anyone who can send me a better quality clip of this performance.


Dug5y said…

YMG, I also have a copy of this perfomance. The video is exactly the same quality (without the lines!!) as it has presumably originated from the same source. I’ll upload it onto the Blog tonight.
22 March 2011 08:23

Suefan said…

I think I’m right in saying that this was the last official “Legs & Co”, as announced by the Beeb, although they then gave support to a couple more shows. Unfortunately this is hardly a fitting send off. At least one little birdie was able to avoid this dreadful number but that is scant consolation.
22 March 2011 10:45

PattiforPM said…

Yes the girls do their best in this performance of a dreadful song in the middle of “Black October”
22 March 2011 11:24

As I’d already been promised a superior version of this routine, I foolishly turned down Dug5y’s generous offer. Needless to say, the promised clip never materialised. Dug5y, if you’re out there: is it too late to change my mind?

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Legs & Co. – Waiting in Vain

Top of the Pops, 29 September 1977:
Legs & Co. dance to Waiting in Vain by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

Some comments from the old blog:

74benja81 said:

Love this song from Bob back in 1978. Love the Legs and Co dance routine. The only suggestion I would make about this clip, is they would have looked better dancing to this song in Grass skirts, rather than these long summer dresses. It would have looked cracking, and been in theme with a Caribbean feel to it. Love the clip though. Benja πŸ™‚
20 December 2011 11:59

PattiforPM said:

… I love the close ups at the end finishing with the lovely Rosie.
22 October 2011 19:29

Suefan said:

Yes indeed. A splendidly appropriate routine for the moment and skirt swishing to boot!! Great stuff. And I see Flick finally managed to find a use for all those yards of net curtain material she had left over.
21 October 2011 08:22

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Legs & Co. – Grease

Top of the Pops, 28 September 1978: Legs & Co. dance to Franki Valli’s Grease.

These slinky black off-the-shoulder outfits are clearly modelled on Olivia Newton John’s “bad-girl” makeover look from the “You’re the One That I Want” finale in the original film.

From the old blog, Saturday, 29 November 2008:

Legs & Co. on TOTP dancing to Frankie Valli’s Grease.

Clearly Lulu and Gill must have fallen into that gigantic vat of grease during rehearsals, leaving Sue, Patti, Pauline and Rosemary to perform the routine without them.


74benja81 said…

This would probably be my favourite Legs and Co dance routine next to Chic’s My Forbidden Lover clip.A classy,sexy,and funny clip rolled into one. This was the time in my life when I began noticing Legs and Co more and more.Love the sexy black outfits, which suit them all, and Sue well what can I say, who I liked way back when she was in Pans People from the start, looks absolutely amazing in this dance clip. This was when I was a big fan of her’s. Love the song and the film too, brings back great memories of summer 78. A really appreciated post! Thanks.
Benja πŸ™‚
14 December 2011 21:09

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Pan’s People – Monster Mash

Top of the Pops, 27 September 1973: Pan’s People dance to Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt Kickers again.

Top of the Pops, 13 September 1973: Pan’s People dance to Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt Kickers.

A mere snippet of this version, with only a few brief glimpses of PP.

Thanks to and ASmK & Andeebee for the YouTube posts.

From the old blog, Saturday 30 October 2010:

Here’s a couple of special treats for the Halloween season: not just a clip of Pan’s People dancing to Monster Mash: two clips!. The first will probably be the most familiar: the girls in monster-movie themed fancy dress. Louise get the easy option as a sort of tap-dancing vampire. Deedee is an egyptian mummy with a twenties flavour. Cherry is the cutest bat you’ve ever seen. Ruth draws the short straw in the gorilla outfit as King Kong. And I just can’t make out what Babs in meant to be: an alien car-hop?

The second is an earlier clip, from the time when Top of the Pops regularly commisioned and created short films to show where the artists weren’t available to perform in the studio. Here, amidst various kooky spooky goings on, Pan’s People dance around in a vaulted basement wearing sexy Morticia-Adams-type outfits. Merely a small taste in this incomplete clip, I’m afraid, but it’s all I can find.

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Legs & Co. – Another One Bites the Dust

Top of the Pops 25 September 1980 Legs & Co. dance to Another One Bites the Dust by Queen.

Legs & Co. in lacey black jumpsuits, dancing to a funky Queen number. An unusual routine hampered by the BBC technicians’ enthusiasm for then-cool video effects.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 1 March 2011:

Here’s a clip featuring Legs & Co. in lacey outfits, dancing to Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust on Top of the Pops.

Thanks again to the mysterious Bonanza for sending me this clip.


Some Guy said…

Yes thanks to Bonanza, keep em coming. A bit weird this one, nice work from Pauline, love the glove action, and a few nice shots of the goddess.

1 March 2011 21:16

PattiforPM said…

This is another creative one and I’m not sure I fully understand but I love the quick-fire filming and the outfits are admirable. Makes me think of undercover agents but I’m probably way off base (and fantasizing yet again)

2 March 2011 01:06

Suefan said…

Certainly another interesting routine and those outfits are certainly different but for some unfathomable reason it never fully works for me.

2 March 2011 13:50

jez said…

ive got to admit i really cant remember them doing this routine fist time round pheraps it was one of the rare occasions when i missed watching totp for the night, and i still can’t watch it now coz my computer won’t play the clip.

5 March 2011 13:08

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Legs & Co. – Endless Love

Top of the Pops, 24th September 1981: Lulu of Legs & Co. dances to Endless Love by Diana Ross.

Thanks to ASmK for the YouTube post.

From the old blog:

Here’s an almost-solo performance from Lulu, dancing with some bloke named Jeremy, to Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. Apologies for the ropey picture quality.

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Ruby Flipper – Disco Duck

TOTP, 23 September 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Disco Duck by Rick Dees And His Cast Of Idiots.

Silly, very silly, but fun. Floid’s pantomime duck outfit looks to be from the back of dusty cupboard in the BBC wardrobe department. Clearly not designed to be worn on a podium, we get to see just a little to much of the strapping-in undercarraige mechanism of the outfit.

Meanwhile the girls (and Floid, when he’s not in panto mode) are wearing the same charming outfits that they wore for “You Should be Dancing” a few months before.

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