Top of the Pops, 16 December 1976: Legs & Co. dance to The Stylistics’
You’ll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart).
At last! It’s been an awfully long time since I had anything genuinely new to post here. But thanks to an anonymous donor, I’ve got this never-before-seen-here performance to share.
And what a routine! Full of that literal choreography which mean-spirited detractors complain about, but which I enjoy: lots of finger pointing (and wagging) going on, and indeed the outfits and setting are all part of that literal mood.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen our girls dressed as angels. though: back in July of that year, Ruby Flipper danced to Tavares’ Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel. in similar outfits. Except now their wings have grown bigger, and the dresses shorter: and their halos, flippety flopping about on a single wire back in July, now have a much firmer support structure.
Thanks again to my generous donor for restoring this long-lost treasure to us.
Top of the Pops, 28 March 1974: Pan’s People dance Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks.
Many thanks to the generous anonymous donor who sent this rare clip for the old blog last year.
The Jack Jones Show: Pan’s People dance while Jack sings Do Me Wrong, But Do Me.
From the old blog, Monday, 3 November 2014:
I’ve received another generous, anonymous donation of a Pan’s people performance from their regular stint on Jack Jones’ 1974 BBC TV Show.
This time, the dancers appear and disappear, seemingly figments of Jack fevered imagination, as he sings Alan O’Days’ “Do Me Wrong, But Do Me”.
Jack’s in a long tradition of smooth, handsome male light-entertainment vocalists, but he has his own ordinary-bloke quality that shows to good effect here, in a routine which portrays him as your average, girl-obsessed young man.
Not much to please fans of high-art choreography here, since the dancing nicely matches the laid-back groove of the music.
Thanks again to my anonymous donor (one of many) for this rare little gem.
TOTP 18 November 1971: Pan’s People dance to Let’s See Action by The Who
From the old blog, Friday, 27 June 2014:
After a few months of inactivity, it’s great to have so many new clips to be able to post on this site, thanks to so many generous people. Here’s a clip that I’ve received from two separate donors: Pan’s People dancing to The Who’s Let’s See Action on on Top of the Pops, 18 November 1971.
We’ve got three separate performances here: Louise, Babs and Dee Dee as cheerleaders for the strident Roger Daltry choruses; Ruth and Andi in big satin frocks for the more introspective Pete Townsend middle bit; and Flick some groovy tinselly gogo dancing inserts. It’s difficult to tell in black and white, but the slight posterising effects in the Flick segments suggest some kind of electronic manipulation was going on in the colour original version.
Thanks to Pans Legs and to Anonymous for the clips, of course.