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Pan’s People – I Get a Kick out of You

Top of the Pops, 10 October 1974: Pan’s People dance to I Get a Kick out of You by Gary Shearston.

Pan’s people in white lacey undies dancing to Gary Shearston, singing an old Cole Porter classic. Rescued from oblivion by the sainted Grant Watkins, who included this routine on his demonstration tape, presumably because of the sophisticated multi-layered blue-screen matting & feedback effects: the fact that it features Pan’s People in stockings and suspenders would have had nothing to do with it. Oh no.

Gary Shearston turns out to be an Australian folk singer: so that accounts for the slightly unusual accent in this performance, when I had always taken to be some sort of cockney.

From the old blog, Monday, 24 December 2012:

I’ve received an interesting video disk from a generous anonymous donor: labelled “BBC Demonstration Tape”, it contains various clips from BBC music and comedy shows from the seventies, including a few performances from Pan’s people and Legs & Co. Most of them are on the blog already, but here’s one we don’t have: Pan’s People dancing to I Get a Kick out of You.

From the line-up, this must be sometime in late 1974 or early 1975. I had idea who the singer is, but PattiforPM has identified him as Gary Shearston, and the TOTP date was October 10 1974. While the inserted clip of Dick Emery & Henry McGee is not ideal, let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth. At the end, we get the now-very-familiar “Beautiful Babs” clip from Porridge.

My donor is keen to give credit for the tape to the late Grant Watkins, who was also responsible for the BBC VT Department’s traditional christmas blooper tapes for 1978 and 1979 which both featured guest appearances from Legs & Co.

Merry Christmas and many thanks to my anonymous benefactor.

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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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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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Pan’s People – Nutbush City Limits

Top of the Pops 20 September 1973: Pan’s People dance to Ike & Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits

Thanks to panspeople.com for this YouTube clip.

A fine flamboyant hair-shaking hip-swiviling perfomance to one of the classic pop songs about the frustrations of parochial life in a small town, from Nutbush Tennessee‘s most famous child, Annie Mae Bullock.

This routine was posted on the old blog, but no cached version of the comments have survived, unfortunately.

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Ruby Flipper – You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

Top of the Pops, 9 September 1976:
Ruby Flipper dance to You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine by Lou Rawls

Back in the Summer of 1976, Flick Colby’s choreography was fizzing with ideas. For this Lou Rawls number, she gives us not one but three routines: Floid’s stately podium solo; Goucho Phil and Cherry’s tango; and a teasing fan dance from Sue, Patti and Lulu.

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Pans People – One of These Nights

Top of the Pops, 28th August 1975: Pans People dance to One of These Nights by The Eagles.

From the old blog, Saturday, 30 October 2010:

Here’s a higher quality version of a clip posted a while ago by ilovelulu: Pan’s People dancing to The Eagles’ One of These Nights.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

comment:

carl said…

This is how the lovely Pans people looked like the day I was born!
26 May 2011 13:03

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Ruby Flipper – Morning Glory

Top of the Pops, 26/08/1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Morning Glory by James and Bobby Purify.

Well of course Sue, Patti and Lulu are looking lovely here: but Cherry, in that fuchsia & gold outfit looks absolutely fabulous. What a fine routine. My favourite moment? Patti’s mock-admonishing wagging finger at 0’38”.

Kudos to Phil for carrying off those silver wellies, too.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Pan’s People – You Make Me Feel Brand New

Top of the Pops 15th August 1974: Pan’s People dance to You Make Me Feel Brand New by The Stylistics.

From a show specially presented by The Osmonds. Pan’s People are so stunning in these lovely backless frocks, it’s hardly surprising that they even tempt goody two-shoes Donnie into impure thoughts.

A tip of the hat to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Pan’s People – When Will I See You Again

Top of the Pops, 8 August 1974: Pan’s People dance to The Three Degrees’ When Will I See You Again.

Classically glamourous posh black sequinned frocks for our dancers here: which is entirely apt for this sophisticated pop gem, performed by the Three Degrees – who were themselves no strangers to classy showbiz couture.

From the old blog, Saturday, 5 September 2009

Another improved version of a previously posted clip: Pan’s People dance to the Three Degrees’ When Will I See You Again on TOTP.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post, and German satallite channel EinsFestival for the broadcast.

comments:

Some Guy said…

Right where do i start with this one. First of all great song. Now the impotant stuff. Which period of time does Sue look the best in. Could be this pre RF/L&CO time. She makes Babs and the others look rather old, don’t you thin?. She’s just 18, and on the way to 7 glorious years as the best dancer on the box, and of course the sexiest. Look out for the final scene as this young goddess is the last to approach the camera, sheer bliss for me, my fave Sue moment ever.
13 November 2010 23:32

Some Guy said…

UPDATE. I watch this performance at least once a day every day. I never tire of it, i just am so grateful to the goddess that is Sue Menhenick for giving us 7 years of her life to blokes like me, so that we can just stare into a computer screen and marvel at her beauty. I will never tire also of writing these small tributes: so sorry you lot out there, thats the way of things.
5 February 2011 20:08

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Pan’s People – It’s Been So Long

Top Of The Pops 31 July 1975:
Pan’s People dance to It’s Been So Long by George McCrae

Thanks to SuPaLu for the Youtube post.

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