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Legs & Co. – A Rainy Night In Georgia

Top Of The Pops, 20 August 1981:
Legs & Co. dance to A Rainy Night In Georgia by Randy Crawford.

A lovely atmospheric performance to a great song from Randy Crawford, whose voice could, midas-like, turn any song to gold. Featuring Anita prominently. Each time I post a performance featuring Anita I’m more and more impressed by her abilities as a dancer.

Thanks to PansRubyLegs for the clip.

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Legs & Co. – Green Door

I’ve for two versions of this routine to show: this first (thanks to Bucksby) is from the first Top of the Pops showing, 13 August 1981.

The second, slightly better detail but a shorter edit, is from the New Year’s Eve TOTP Special, 31 December 1981.

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Legs & Co. – Hooked on Classics

Top of the Pops, 30 July 1981: Legs & Co. dance to Hooked on Classics by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Update, 9 May 2015: I was jealous: The poster of the re-dubbed, augmented version of this routine obviously had a better quality version of the original recording than I did. Lo and behold, he’s sent in a copy of that higher-quality version, complete with original soundtrack, for us to enjoy! Grateful thanks to sNEaKY ReMaSTeR!

Gosh, the old me seems to be having a right cranky old rant about this record (below): looking at the routine again, I really don’t see what I was getting so worked up about. It’s a tongue-in-cheek production, bathetically combining high-art Classical Music with Low Commercial Click-Track production. Justy a bit of fun, really.

But I do still prefer Portsmouth Sinfonia’s take.

From the old blog, Friday, 28 January 2011

Suefan recently sent me this clip, in response to a request from PattiforPM. it’s Legs & Co, dancing to The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Hooked on Classics.

Jings. I’ve no desire to criticise either the choreography or the dancing, but this record really is the ultimate example of the dreadful late seventies/early eighties fashion for medley-with-a-click-track-shoved-in records. I’m no musical stuffed shirt: I’ll take vernacular pop music over academic music any day of the week: but pop music, already heavy on rhythm and beat, can stand up to this relentless heavy-handed bump-click a lot better than the lightweight romantic stuff that’s being butchered here. And who is to blame? The RPO musicians? A group of professionals I’m sure, who consider it their job to take on whatever work is offered. The producers? Professionals again, doubtless with families to feed. TOTP? BBC? L&C? They all have the task of reflecting the nation’s taste. Who’s left to blame then? I blame the people who actually bought this vile thing, in enough numbers to ensure that it was forced on the rest of us. And the same people who bought Start on 45, Tight Fit’s Back to the Sixties, and all the other Frankendisco records. Pah!

But thanks to Suefan nonetheless, for the clip; and PattiforPM for the opportunity to rant.

From the ridiculous to the sublime: A good antidote to this aweful record is the Portsmouth Sinfonia’s Classical Muddley.

There is however, something else annoying me today…

Here’s a different version of the same routine, also on YouTube, this time dubbed over with what I assume to be the posters’ own musical creation:

Now don’t get me wrong, here: It’s not that I object to overdubbing new bits of music on to old Legs & Co. routines. Or Pan’s People, or Ruby Flipper routines either. YouTube is awash with similar examples, and I take them all to be compliments to the original material.

I’m not going to make a habit of posting these overdubbed versions here since, it’s the original works I’m interested in. But I’m not going to get all purist and holier-than-thou about it, either. Live and let live, I say. Leben und leben lassen.

No, what’s really getting me annoyed is that this guy has a better quality copy of the original routine than I do. Aargh! The green-eyed monster consumes me.

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Legs & Co. – Razzamatazz

Top of the Pops, Thursday 2nd July 1981: Legs & Co. dance to Razzamatazz by Quincy Jones.

TOTP must have been on an economy drive of some sort, back in the summer of 1981. At any rate, some particularly parsimonious person must have noticed that the special gold lamé fabric being ordered for Legs & Co.’s outfits was prohibitively expensive, especially when compared to the lesser cost of the fake tan they would also be wearing. So by slashing the wardrobe budget, and making a modest increase in the make-up department’s budget, they must have saved… oh a couple of pounds, easily.

And I’m sure on that Thursday night, dads up and down the country appreciated such a wise display of economical thinking.

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Legs & Co. – Take it to the Top

Top of the Pops, 18 June 1981: Legs & Co dance to Kool & the Gang’s Take It To The Top.

Thanks to ASmK for the YouTube post.

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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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Legs & Co. – Ain’t No Stopping (Enigma)

Top Of The Pops 28th May 1981:
Legs & Co. dance to Ain’t No Stopping by Enigma.

Not to be confused with Ain’t No Stopping Us Now by McFadden & Whitehead, this is, of course one of those Frankenstein disco medley records that clogged up the pop charts back in the early eighties.

But of course the main significance of this performance is the induction of Anita Chellamah into the Legs & Co. family.

According to YMG’s Laws of TV Choreography, if a dance group appears at the start of a routine wearing capes, those capes will be discard within the first half of the routine to reveal skimpy outfits underneath.

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Legs & Co. – Shut Up

Top of the Pops, 8 October 1981:
Legs & Co. dance while Madness perform Shut Up.

It’s October ’81, and the writing is on the wall for Legs & Co.’s TOTP career. Once again they’re reduced to sharing the badk of the stage with the audience, while we have difficulty hearing the music (yes the music, that thing that the whole show is meant to be about) because the producer insists on dubbing fake party noises over the top.

But… But… At least they get a proper choreographed routine to perform: at least they get nice flattering Police-Women-in-Tights outfits to wear: at least they’re not scattered amongst the audience, but remain together as a recognisable entity. Maybe I’m clutching at straws, but this still remains an enjoyable clip to watch, and not just because Madness are such entertaining chaps.

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Legs & Co. – Back to The Sixties Part 2

TOTP 8 October 1981: Legs & Co dancing to Back to The Sixties Part 2 by Tight Fit

From the old blog, Tuesday, 26 April 2011:

Here’s another clip from late in Legs & Co’s TOTP period: leading the audience dancing, while whichever out-of-work actors Tight Fit’s producers had hired that week mime to Back to The Sixties (part 2 I believe).

comments:

Suefan said…

As we approach the nadir at least we get to see something, not much but something, of the girls in this one but surely those red and white outfits deserved closer inspection. As to the bunch of freaks on the stage, nuff said, although I would have liked to pinch that pink jacket. I’m sure it would have looked good with my yellow trousers and blue cravat…no?

26 April 2011 08:24

Some Guy said…

Just when i thought 81 coudnt get any worse,this one crops up. Legs & Co really should be on the centre stage here, replacing these miming buffoons.

26 April 2011 17:04

PattiforPM said…

Yes one has to ask why did we need this “band” at all? Surely our dancers would have represented this “song” so much better without the amateurs hogging the stage.

27 April 2011 04:11

jez said…

its better than nothing

28 April 2011 20:27

Some Guy said…

sometimes nothing is better.

28 April 2011 21:38

jez said…

might have known you would have to have the last word lol

29 April 2011 21:06

Colm said…

To think this is the last time we see Legs and Co as a sextet on TOTP…

23 May 2012 23:39

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Legs & Co. – You’ll Never Know

Top of the Pops, 17 September 1981: Legs & Co. dance to You’ll Never Know by Hi Gloss.

Pretty much the last proper Legs & Co. routine >sniff<. After this, it was all mixing-with the audience stuff …and the Birdy Song. Still a great routine, lovely outfits: and for once, the dry ice stayed under control.

From the old blog, Sunday, 7 February 2010

Legs & Co. on TOTP, dancing to You’ll Never Know in blue-sequined, off-the-shoulder slinky frocks. Mmmm… Introduced by Steve “Posse in the afternoon know who’s the big man” Wright.

comments:

74benja81 said…
Sad times ahead here in september 1981.The following month after this cracking song by Hi Gloss, it was Legs and Co’s last appearance on Top Of The Pops:-(…I really like the dance routine by Legs to this track,and the shiny sequin dresses look classy on them.The only hiccup is the set,its a bit smokey and overgrown with long props dangling downwards.Never mind,I think this dance routine and set would have been a better choice to end Legs and Co on,than behind haircut 100’s Favourite Shirts dance clip.Legs and Co deserved better than that.A shame on the BBC for such loyalty for some great years.Never mind,this is a nice post all the same. Benja 🙂
14 December 2011 21:43

I’ve really got no idea what my cheeky comment about Steve Wright back then was all about. Presumably it was typed quickly and mangled by autocorrect.

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