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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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Ruby Flipper – Soul City Walk

Top of the Pops 13th May 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Archie Bell & the Drells’ Soul City Walk.

Thanks to ASmK for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 30 December 2009

From the second week of Ruby Flipper’s run on TOTP, first broadcast on 13th May 1976. Here they dance to Archie Bell & the Drells’ Soul City Walk.

Though I usually try my best to avoid being so crude and disrespectful as to discuss anyone’s physical appearance, I neverless feel compelled to mention that those shorts really do suit Cherry particularly well

Taken again from Einsfestival’s re-broadcast of the original 1976 show. As before, nyrainbow4 has kindly posted a version of this clip on YouTube, but the Copyright Gestapo have forced him to replace the original soundtrack with something innocuous.

Comments:

74benja81 said:
I didn’t mind Ruby Flipper, even though I am a Legs and Co man myself, and was glad to see them arrive. I think out of the males, Floyd was great in Ruby Flipper, and made them if I am honest, great mover very witty and a good actor with full of character. Love this song, and I like the set and dance routine to it, for that time it was pretty good going. Sue dances and looks extremely gorgeous in those tight jeans and heels she wears for this shoot, and that look hasn’t dated to today. A nice post. Benja 🙂
12 December 2011 00:02

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Ruby Flipper – Love Hangover

Top of the Pops May 13 1976: Ruby Flipper dancing to Love Hangover by Diana Ross.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 30 December 2009:

Continuing with German satallite channel Einsfestival’s re-broadcasting of vintage Ruby-Flipper-era TOTP episodes, here’s RF dancing to Diana Ross’s Love Hangover on their second week on the show (13th May 1976): some sensuous, slinky dancing to a very sensual piece of music. The producers seemed keen to use Ruby Flipper far more extensively than their predecessors: after two performances on their first week, there are two full-group routines on this show, plus a third with just Floyd, Sue & Lulu. More details in later posts.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

Comments:

Some Guy said…

Wow what a sexy sort of performance for 1976. Bet the BBC bigwigs were a bit twitchy about this.

13 November 2010 23:09

Carl said…

Love it, Love it, Love it.
Smouldering sultriness and Disco Funk come together. One of my favourite Ruby Flipper routines.

20 January 2011 19:48

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Ruby Flipper – Reggae Like it Used To Be

Top of the Pops, 13 May 1976:
Ruby Flipper dance, Paul Nicholas sings Reggae Like it Used To Be.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Friday, 1 January 2010

From Ruby Flipper’s second week on TOTP: Sue, Floyd & Lulu dance while Paul Nicholas “sings” his fairly dire Reggae Like It Used To Be. It’s all ersatz: an actor playing a singer singing a pop song with reggae overtones, about the lack of “real” reggae. Too much Paul, not enough ‘Flipper, if you ask me.

A little of Lulu’s just-out-of-dance-school nerves are detectable here: at 01:29, she’s clearly looking over behind the camera: my guess is that it’s Flick Colby, encouraging them and probably acting out the movements too. But I don’t mean any criticism here: after all, they’ve had only a week to devise and rehearse three separate routines.

Comments

Some Guy said…

The big old hairy cornflake DLT gets the chance to dance with sue and lulu and dances like a clown.
13 November 2010 23:06

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Ruby Flipper – Can’t Help Falling in Love

Top of the Pops 6 May 1976: Ruby Flipper dance to Can’t Help Falling in Love by The Stylistics. Ruby Flipper’s Debut performance.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 15 December 2009:

German satallite channel Einsfestival’s repeats of TOTP have reached the middle of 1976 recently, the time of Ruby Flipper. Though I wasn’t a fan at the time, I think their performances have stood up well to the passing years. A mixture of male and female dancers, though not popular, gave Flick a wider range of choreographic possibilities, and indeed pushed them away from various chorus-line dance clichés.

Here’s their very first appearance, dancing to the Stylistics Can’t Help Falling in Love: and there’s a mixture of playfulness with old-style literal interpretation. The routine starts with Sue and Cherry (the two remaining pan’s persons) looking bemused as they dance together. “Where are they others?” they mime. Then, right on the line “Only fools rush in”, the four new dancers, er, rush in.

Lulu’s looking particularly nervous (1:09–1:15) about her national TV debut. But she pulls it of splendidly.

Comments:

Some Guy said…

Top of the pops debut and it shows for lulu. look out at at 2.21 for a nervous glimpse down the line. Still very cute though.
7 November 2010 00:07

carl said…

I think the way they did this was brilliant, with the initial link back to Pan’s People with only Sue and Cherry on the stage for the first few seconds shrugging shoulders and looking perplexed The viewers must have been waiting for the rest of Pan’s People and wondering were they were.Then suddenly all the new brigade come charging in, very cleverly timed for the ‘Only Fools Rush in’ line. The Flipsters’ first routine, like their last one, was a good one.
12 December 2010 16:10

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Legs & Co. – Lonely Boy

Top of the Pops, 14 April 1977:
Legs & Co. dance to Lonely Boy by Andrew Gold: featuring Floid Pearce.

From the old blog, Tuesday, 21 December 2010:

Here’s a clip to show to anyone who makes the boring “over-literal choreography” complaint about Flick. The routine is definitely narrative, and yes, it deals with the subject matter of the song (Andrew Gold’s Lonely Boy); namely sibling rivalry. But nobody’s miming the lyrics at any point: instead, Flick has created a routine based around the subject, showing what great creative work she was capable when she got more than a few hours notice.

And Floyd gets a rare namecheck from creepy old Mr. Savile.

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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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