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Hot Gossip – Supernature

The Kenny Everett Video Show s01e08, 14 August 1978
Hot Gossip dance to Supernature by Cerrone

No anniversary clips for me to show today, so here’s something different: a Hot Gossip performance from the show that brought them fame. Indeed this record became associated with both the show and the dance group.

It’s interesting to compare this routine with Legs & Co’s cavegirls & scientists interpretation.

This particular performance, with mixed location and studio shots, was repeated in Series 2 episode 10: there was an earlier, studio-only performance in the very first episode of series one, but I’ve been unable to track that one down? Can anyone out there help?

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Ruby Flipper – Play That Funky Music

TOTP 14 October 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry

From the old blog: Monday, 26 July 2010

Ruby Flipper – Play That Funky Music
Don’t worry chums, I’m not dead! (crosses fingers to avert hubris) Here’s Ruby Flipper dancing to Wild Cherry’s Play That Funky Music on Top of the Pops.

Another clip from German TV channel Einsfestival.

comments:

Some Guy said…

This was there last apperance On totp, and arguably there best. BBC bigwigs put a stop to there fun. I thought they were pretty cool,even Floyd and phillip were alluring in a strange sort of way. But we got legs and co at the expense of these.

13 November 2010 22:47

Carl said…

The end of an era! But they went out with one of their best dances.
Thank you Floyd, Lulu, Patti, Phil and Sue, Thank you Ruby Flipper.

20 January 2011 19:28

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Ruby Flipper – Rubberband Man

TOTP 7 October 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to The Detroit Spinners’ Rubberband Man

A spirited performance, and a great piece of choreography.

Thanks to panspeople.com for the YouTube clip.

From the old blog, Saturday, 20 November 2010:

Ruby Flipper dancing to Rubberband Man by The Spinners (called The Detroit Spinners here in Airstrip One) on Top of the Pops in 1976. Modelling classic mid-seventies knitware.

Introduced by whacky Jummy Saville, and a clump of Sailors.

Labels: Lulu, Patti, Ruby Flipper, Sue

comments:

Some Guy said…

Guys, pause this at 1.02: what a picture. Sheer heaven for me. Also i’m not too sure what Sue’s doing between 2.18 and 2.2: strange hand movements!

20 November 2010 21:06

Carl said…

Surely, Ruby Flipper’s fastest, most complex routine. Great Stuff.
I’m exhausted just watching.

20 January 2011 19:14

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Ruby Flipper – The Best Disco In Town

Top of the Pops, 30 September 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to The Best Disco In Town by The Ritchie Family.

Thanks to panspeople.com for the youtube post.

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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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Legs & Co. – (You Make me Feel) Mighty Real

To of the Pops, 21 September 1978:
Legs & Co. dance to (You Make me Feel) Mighty Real by Sylvester.
Featuring a guest appearance from Floid.

from the old blog, Monday, 16 September 2013:

One of my favourite Legs & Co. performances, last week’s BBC4 Top of the Pops repeat has given me the excuse to post this higher quality version. Legs & Co. Dancing to Sylvester’s disco classic (You Make me Feel) Mighty Real. With a guest appearance from former Ruby Flipper dancer Floyd, this is a great performance, full of gusto.

In the days before the rise of the music video, when even promotional films were rare, Legs & Co (and their predecessors) were often called upon to dance to disco, soul and funk records, whose American originators were not available to perform, in the flesh or on screen. Since these records were almost always made with dancing in mind the combination, as here, was often fortuitous.

Also from the old blog, Sunday, 31 August 2008:

comments:

PattiforPM said…

Great routine and definite contender for “Best outfits ever worn by a TOTP dance troupe” in my opinion.
30 April 2011 15:08

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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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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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Ruby Flipper – Let ‘Em In

Top of the Pops, 19 August 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Let ‘Em In by Wings

I think I prefer this performance to the more restrained Legs & Co. version from that year’s Christmas Special.

Thanks to panspeople.com for the youtube post.

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Ruby Flipper – Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty)

Top Of The Pops, 5 August 1976:
Ruby Flipper dance to Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty) by KC & The Sunshine Band.

Thanks to SuePaLu for the YouTube post.

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