Ruby Flipper – The Continental

Top of the Pops 10 June 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to The Continental by Maureen McGovern (10 June 1976).

Ruby Flipper slimmed down to a pair: Phil and Lulu in period costumes to match this 1934 number. Lulu’s gamine figure perfectly suits the posh thirties frock she’s dancing in.

From the old blog, Sunday, 24 January 2010:

Continuing Ruby Flipper performances from German satallite TV channel Einsfestival’s repeats of TOTP.

One for Lulu fans only…


Some Guy said:
Phil Steggles you lucky man.How many men in 1976 would have liked to have been you in this routine. You must have had 5 or 6 months of absolute heaven working with these angels.
20 November 2010 22:45

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Ruby Flipper – The Wanderer

Top of the Pops, 10 June 1976:
Patti Hammond of Ruby Flipper dances to The Wanderer by Dion.

Thans to for the youtube post.

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Legs & Co. – Show You the Way to Go

Top Of The Pops 9 June 1977:
Legs & Co. dance to “Show You the Way to Go” by The Jacksons.

Thanks to Andeebee for the youtube post.

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Legs & Co.- Ça Plane Pour Moi

Top of the Pops 8 June 1978: Plastic Bertrand and Legs & Co. perform Ça Plane Pour Moi.

I can’t find any record of my comments from the old blog, so I’ll have to recreate them from memory. I believe I said…

Plastic Bertrand was only ever a showbiz fake, a punk manqué: but the girls’ outfits here, seemly improvised from various bits of plastic over simple leotards, are far closer to capturing the spirit of Punk than their power pop outfits for Silly Thing, or their Zandra-Rhodesy Something Else dresses ever did.

No, this cheap & cheerful approach, embracing the plastic aesthetic (which after all is why Bertrand chose “Plastic” for his showbiz name) is much closer to the do-it-yourself, anti-fashion philosophy at the heart of punk.

Meanwhile, I guess the half-baguettes that they are waving about it some sort of reference to Plastic’s francophone roots as a Belgian. But I was always mystified by the halves: surely the budget could stretch to a baguette each. I wonder now if the full length baguettes turned out to be too unwieldy for the routine in rehearsal. Just my speculation, of course.

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Legs & Co. – Ring My Bell

Top of the Pops, 07/06/1979: Legs & Co. dance to Anita Ward’s “Ring My Bell”

Top of the Pops combined Synchronized Swimming & Morris Dancing Team perform a delightful routine to this Anita Ward hit, which brought the sound of synthesised drums to popular attention. And school playgrounds up and down the country resounded to the sound of “Poooow! Poooow!” for weeks to come.

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Pan’s People – Summer Breeze

Top of the Pops 6 June 1974: Pan’s People dance to the Isley Brothers’ Summer Breeze.

Last year, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this, Sue Menhenick’s debut performance as a member of Pan’s People, forum member Pans Legs sent me this rare clip.

Sue has discussed her memories of that day over on our forum:

It was a fantastic experience for a very young and naive 18-year-old dancer who was so terrified and nervous that she was going to muck up, make a huge mistake and fall flat on her face! With the amazing support and back up from the other girls, Flick and also Louise who was so kind to me as I started to try and fill her shoes, I managed to get through that first show. I remember that day very clearly, and will always be grateful to them for helping me.

My thanks again to the generous Pans Legs for this contribution.

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Legs & Co. – One Day In Your Life

Two performances from Legs & Co., dancing to Michael Kackson’s One Day In Your Life.

version 1: 4 June 1981 (repeated 2 July)

Version 2: 25 June 1981

Help ma boab. Both of these performances were repeated, but I’m guessing the dates by the presenters mentioned in Popscene’s listings. I’m sure some knowledgable forum members will correct me if I’ve got it wrong.

Thanks to Lee Nichols for this youtube posting.

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Ruby Flipper – Heart on My Sleeve

Top of the Pops, 3rd of June 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Gallagher & Lyle’s Heart on My Sleeve.

Thanks to Andeebee for the DailyMotion post.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 14 June 2011

From last night’s BBC 4 repeat of Top of the Pops from June 3rd 1976, here’s Ruby Flipper dancing to Gallagher & Lyle’s Heart on My Sleeve.


PattiforPM said…

Really smooth action from the Flipsters. The couples’ together are particularly good in this number. Jez’s palm tree also looking good BTW!
14 June 2011 12:49

Suefan said…

Thanks for posting this one with such alacrity YMG and what a great number it is, silky smooth and easily one of their best. Sue, that fairest of Flippers, that richest of Rubies looks fantastic in that great dress and dances a blinder. Oh, and the other three aren’t at all bad either.
14 June 2011 12:54

jez said…

yes at last my palm tree routine as finally been identified after 7 years of takin a guess as to what the routine was ,good song by gallagher and lyle also always reminds me of hot summer days ,cherry looks paricular good in this performance but she was always my favourite pans person ,i bet carl got himself excited when he saw this routine lol
14 June 2011 14:27

carl said…

yes I was excited but I am the different Carl (bucksby) Whilst praising Sue on the forum I neglected to mention Cherry who also looks fantastic.
14 June 2011 14:45

Carl said…

Yes, I did get very excited Jez, as you will understand. It EXISTS!!
I’m the other Carl- It’s hello from me and it’s hello from him.
A very smooth and nicely choreographed number and not a sign of over-literal hearts on over-literal sleeves. That’s why the pictures of this on the TOTP 40th birthday DVD with other soundtrack, would have made it difficult to guess. Could have been ‘Afternoon Delight’ I suppose, but isn’t it evening time on the set with a full moon?
14 June 2011 17:36

Carl said…

Thanks so much to YMG for putting it on the blog and getting this out into the public domain of cyberspace, where no one has until now been able to find it.
All four Ruby Flipper members look cool in this.
14 June 2011 17:40

Carl said…

when one does a Google search for Ruby Flipper ‘Heart On My Sleeve’
you are the first person to have posted it in the whole world on the www, as the only link that comes up thus far is this blog’s video.
You are a pioneer sir. You’ve done very well!
14 June 2011 18:16

jez said…

yes i thought you would be chuffed when this routine was shown carl ,it is really good to see a routine that has not been seen since the date of first transmission viewed again ,i must admit the very brief snippet of this routine that was included on the totp 40th anniversary dvd was very hard to determine which song went with the routine ,the only things that my brain would register with from that snippet was gold palm trees and the 4 dancers ,and i can still not understand when people say this is a recent recovery when it was included on the official bbc dvd at least six years ago ,i tell u what though if i could see pans people dancing again to the rare routines of you can do magic and seasons in the sun ,i would be like a little kid on xmas morning ,but i am for ever hopeful that one day some of these supposingly wiped clips will resurface somewhere
14 June 2011 22:48

Carl said…

Yes Jez,
Amazing this had never ever got out on the Internet all these years. It’s a special routine because it was the only ‘missing’ RF routine that wasn’t technically missing.
Someone on Popscene was saying that this edition was discovered back in 2000 (I think)- so too late for U.K. Gold, but still enough time for Einsfestival. Wonder why Einsfestival were never sent this? I think Suefan suspects the copy wasn’t previously in good working order.
15 June 2011 12:08

Suefan said…

So a little beebie told me Carl, that it just needed a little work in places to make itself presentable as it were. Will be interesting to see the full version of the show on Saturday (I’m not stopping up for the Thursday night/Friday morning one).
15 June 2011 12:40

Some Guy said…

Yes after about my twentieth viewing of this, im still not bored of it. Well worth the 35 year wait i must say, well for me anyway. Just cant fault it, even Sues bed sheet dress is starting to look good now.I just cant decide which period of time she looks sexiest in, if push comes to shove, id plump for the Ruby period. Yes Phil certainly gets the gig with this girl,lucky man, he looks kinda cool with his flared slacks and greased back hair!
15 June 2011 17:30

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Legs & Co. – Got to Give It Up

TOTP, 02 June 1977: Legs & Co. dance to Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give It Up

From the old blog, Thursday, 28 July 2011:

Here’s Legs & Co. dancing to Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give it Up with some groovy (but cheap) lighting effects. Didn’t some bloke get a Turner Prize for just turning the light off and on, a few years back? And he didn’t even have any attractive young ladies dancing in skimpy outfits, either. There is no justice.

Yet another clip from PattiforPM. Many thanks.


Some Guy said…

Thanks P4pm & YMG for this. What a dumbass idea to have these flashing lights, totally distracts one from this very sexy and alluring dance.
It almost feels that the naff flashing lights should come with a epilepsy warning.
28 July 2011 11:47

Suefan said…

Cheers guys. Isn’t Sue on cracking form. Now where did I put that bathing machine.
28 July 2011 14:05

PattiforPM said…

Bathing beauties indeed. I do think Sue steals this show with her enthusiasm and yes alright boys her figure too.
1 August 2011 13:42

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Pan’s People – Walking the the Rain

Update: broken video clip replaced.

Top of the Pops 1st June 1973:
Pan’s People dance to The partridge Family’s Walking the the Rain.

Classic video – mixing rain effects here, and classic literal choreography (which the song demands, really). Those puff sleeves must be the kind Anne of Green Gables wanted:

“They're—they're not—pretty,” said Anne “Oh, I AM grateful,” protested Anne. “But I'd be ever so much gratefuller if—if you'd made just one of them with puffed sleeves. Puffed sleeves are so fashionable now. It would give me such a thrill, Marilla, just to wear a dress with puffed sleeves.”

Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables (1908)

While this Partridge Family record (featuring David Cassidy on vocal) is perfectly serviceable, it’s not a patch on the Ronnettes original, produced by Phil Spector.

From the old blog, Thursday, 10 March 2011:


jez said…

classic routine here from pans good song as well ,i loved all pans people routines from 1973 onwards , after the your so vain routine from jan that year thats when flicks choregraphy became more literall.wish you could all see the tie a yellow ribbon routine classic literall interpretation

11 March 2011 18:43

PattiforPM said…

Thanks YMG, very enjoyable showcasing the sweet and innocent side of Pans. David Cassidy wasn’t a fave of mine but the girls did a good job on this one

11 March 2011 22:24

jez said…

this clip was dubbed over on you tube to the neil sedaka song laughter in the rain ,this is the original clip with the original song it was choreographed to

15 March 2011 16:26

David Austin said…

Horrified to realise that I remember this!!! I think (though I’m not sure) that this was during a brief period when Top Of The Pops was shifted from Thursdays to Fridays (I think it either followed or preceded Star Trek).

24 January 2012 16:36

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