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Legs & Co. In Cabaret 1981 Part 1/4

My apologies for a long absence. But here’s treat that’s dragged me out of my inactivity to share with you. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, I have four 1981 live-on-stage performances from Legs & Co.

Here they dance to Led Zeppelin’s classic “Whole Lotta Love”. Seasoned seventies Top of the Pops viewers will perhaps be more familiar with the big-band version by CCS, used as the TOTP them tune for many years.

This is clearly a documentary recording of a live performance, not a video shot, so the production is lit for the audience, not the cameras. So we have to make some allowances for the frequent blackouts, and ocaisionl murky over saturation of the colour. I’d guess, given the slight shifts in lighting and ambience between different camera angles, that this is perhaps a combined edit from more than one performance. Though not optimal, it’s still a great privilege to be able to see this historic material, and I’m grateful to those who preserved and restored it.

But it’s a spirited performance nonetheless, particularly during the long free-form freakout section in the middle.

One thing that puzzled me at first were the holstered cannisters, one on each hip, that the girls are wearing. I guess they’re some kind of silly-string aerosol, as they seem to be using them to spray at the audience in tha last few seconds, but the lighting combined with the vintage Dr. Who style video feedback FX being overlaid makes it difficult to make out what’s going on.

Many thanks to my anonymous contributor for this fantastic find.

Please stay tuned for the next three parts, coming soon…

NB: The donor has asked me not to make download links available.
Please don’t distribute this clip elsewhere.

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Legs & Co. In Cabaret 1981 Part 2/4

here’s the second of four performances from Legs & Co.’s 1981 Cabaret show. The music is Hazel O’Connor’s “Will You?” from the Movie Breaking Glass, and a hit that year.

This time it’s a solo performance from Sue. And what a performance! Building from a subdued beginning, only appropriate for the ballad format of the music, to a powerful emotional peak. Easily my favourite of the four.

Many thanks again to the generous donor.

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Legs & Co. In Cabaret 1981 Part 3/4

Here’s the third of four clips from Legs & Co.’s legendary 1981 cabaret show. This time, they’re dancing to Al Jarreau’s version of Antonia Carlos Jobim’s bossa nova classic “Agua de Beber”

Relaxed, lush, and beautiful. Thanks again to the contributor of these rare gems.

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Legs & Co. In Cabaret 1981 Part 4/4

We come to the fourth and final performance I’ve been sent from Legs & Co.’s 1981 cabaret show, dancing to Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”.

While it’s a different routine to their TOTP performance to the same song, there are some similarities. Without Floid to take the centre stage, each dancer takes the focus in turn. Some of the unison moves seem to be, if not exactly the same, at least derived from the TOTP version. And free from the ‘Pops three-minutes maximum routine length, they can expand the glow-sticks bit into a much larger part of the routine.

That’s all from my anonymous donor (thanks again). It’s great to finally get to see at lest something from Legs & Co’s legendary stage show. I can only end with a plea that, in the highly unlikely case that anyone has any more material from these show, I know a lot of OFTD regulars would be eternally grateful for the chance to see them. It’s a long shot, I know.

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Please don’t distribute this clip elsewhere.

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