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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 – 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 – 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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Ruby Flipper – A Fifth of Beethoven

Top of the Pops, 29 July 1976:
Ruby Flipper dance to A Fifth of Beethoven by Walter Murphy and his Big Apple Band.

Since this is based on a piece of classical music, presenter David Hamilton starts of with a variation on all-time classic creaky corny “just-flew-in … arms tired” gag beloved of stand of comedians.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 10 march 2010:

More Ruby Flipper on TOTP, on the 29th of July 1976. The music is A Fifth of Beethoven by Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band, a bit of kitschy funked-up classical fluff used in Saturday Night Fever.

Oh my! This clip has got me in quite a quandry. I just can’t decide who has the best legs. What do you think?

Comments:

Carl said…

Wow!!!!!
and Shhhhhhhh! Let’s enjoy music and picture co-ordination while it lasts for this routine.
Finally a chance to see the authentic version of the Flipsters routine in it’s full uncensored glory.
Who’d have thought even Beethoven could be put into a disco groove – with great success!
16 January 2011 00:12

PattiforPM said…

Let me think – Patti has the best legs YMG
30 April 2011 02:43

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Ruby Flipper – The Flasher

Top opt the Pops, 24 June 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to The Flasher by Mistura.

Thanks to panspeople.com for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Thursday, 28 October 2010:

Am I a square? I’ve certainly never heard of The Flasher or Mistura, whether they’re featuring Lloyd Michels or not. I hear it’s an old Northern Soul Favourite. Anyway, here’s Cherry in the cutest Grass skirt, Patti in a posh frock and tiara, and Sue channelling the spirit of Shirley Temple: along with the usual Ruby Flipper blokes.

Sorry lads: of course I regard your dancing skills with the utmost respect, but that respect is drowned out by the howling gale of envy: my own envy, and the mountain of aggregate envy from every teenage boy in Britain in the summer of 1976. Peace.

Comment:

Carl said…

A routine with some eclectic costumes and the Ruby Flipper routine with the most lifts. Gavin and Phil seem to manage fine but Floyd is straining a little near the end, lifting Sue.
An instrumental long consigned to obscurity but a decent enough tune.
20 January 2011 19:21

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Legs & Co. – You’re Gonna Get Next to Me

Top of the Pops 16/06/1977:
Legs & Co. dance to You’re Gonna Get Next to Me by Bo Kirkland and Ruth Davis.

A welcome return to TOTP for Ruby Flipper’s Floid, dancing with Pauline, while the other five members of Legs & Co. drag some rather sheepish audience blokes around the dance floor.

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Legs & Co. – You’re The One That I Want

Top of the Pops, 25 May 1978: Legs & Co dance to You’re The One That I Want by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

February 26. 2015: I don’t supposed anyone has been hanging on in breathless anticipation waiting for this post. Top of the charts for nine weeks in 1978, every regular TOTP viewer must have become heartily sick of the clip from Grease used to promote this record. But when it came to 2013, the BBC couldn’t afford the fees demand for the repeat from the film company, so instead they substituted this routine, for every episode they repeated.

Now I like this routine: the slightly crazy outfits, with the semi-see-through lacy skirts and the blue/green theme; performance is full of good-natured gusto all round, with Rosemary particularly chirpy; and it’s always nice to see a guest appearance from Floid, who gives a good account of himself here. But it was originally conceived for one performance only: and after four or five or six repeats, I was craving ONJ stamping out the cigarette, and Travolta bouncing about in the crazy house again.

However watching again for this repost, I’m relieved to find that the intervening eighteen months has rendered the routine refreshingly entertaining again. Phew.

By the way: Is it just my imagination, or do all of Legs & Co. have a little extra spring in their steps whenever Floid returns? It must be their respect for his technical expertise, I expect. Yes.

Thanks to YouTuber “TheGRStars” for the post.

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