Top of the Pops, 25 march 1976: Pan’s People dance to The Beatles’ Yesterday.
From the old blog, Friday, 26 August 2011:
Yet another generous contribution from PattiforPM: here are Pan’s People dancing to the Fab Four’s Yesterday, part of the great Beatles reissued-singles chart onslaught of 1976.
Some Guy said…
Thanks P4PM, another late PP treat, dont remember this dance first time round. Like the imaginative choreography with the large circular steps and love Cherrys dead pan stare at 1.17 also. All super stuff. 27 August 2011 08:39
Like Ryan I like the choreography; the costumes, now that’s another matter. 27 August 2011 15:14
I too love Cherry’s commanding performance here. The costumes are a little strange, perhaps biblical grass skirts but I’m not sure. Where’s Ms Emmapeelpants our resident fashionista when we need her? 29 August 2011 01:57
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.
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
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
Top of the Pops, 30 January 1975: Pan’s People Dance to Elvis Presley’s Promised Land.
Thanks to another of those generous anonymous donors, here’s a rare Pan’s People performance to enjoy. Ruth, Cherry, Sue and Babs dance to Elvis Presley’s up-tempo rocking cover of Chuck Berry’s classic travelling song.
Dancing against bluescreen projections of US highway scenes, those satin jackets (personalised with pocket-embroidered names) and scarfs have an aviation feel, which goes with the songs’ “across America by bus, train and plane” lyrical theme. and their black hot-pants & go-go boots just say “1975”.
Top of the Pops, 8 January 1976:
Pan’s People dance to Itchycoo Park by The Small Faces.
Late period Pan’s People relive the sixties dancing to a Small Faces classic, around a giant mushroom, wearing groovy crocheted shawls. Topped and tailed with Noel Edmonds demonstrating that he truly was the TOTP Bad Pun Champion.
Thanks top Andeebee for the YouTube post (and to Vintage Video who supplied him with the clip).
Top of the Pops, February 1 1973: Pan’s People dance to Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain.
pan’s People play gossiping partygoers, sitting on and dancing around a chaise lounge.
This is another routine often cited by those critical of “literal choreography”. Myself, I can’t get too worked up. Given the subject matter, the whole second-person-singular critical nature of the lyric, I think integrating mime as a large proportion of the choreography is entirely apt. Nice posh party frocks too.
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