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Legs & Co – Rumour Has It

Top Of The Pops 23 March 1978: Legs & Co dance to Rumour Has It by Donna Summer

Thanks to SuPaLu for the YouTube post.

From the old blog, Monday, 14 February 2011:

It’s a glamourous life, dancing on Top of the Pops every week, wearing beautiful outfits. Legs & Co. dance to Donna Summer’s Rumour Has It.

Comments:

PattiforPM said…

Thanks YMG, one of Ms.Colby’s really inventive routines and who else could look this sexy in these outfits I ask you?
16 February 2011 01:09

Suefan said…

I bet Coronation Street never looked this good.
18 February 2011 12:22

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Legs & Co – Turn The Music Up

Top of the Pops, 22nd March 1979: Legs & Co dance to Turn The Music Up by Players Association.

Hooray for literal choreography. Legs & Co. “turn the music up” on their giant radio dial. Then they all point to the floor for the “Party Down” refrain. Simple, effective, entertaining. You can just feel the fun the set designers had building that huge radio, too. Great stuff.

Thanks to ASmK for the YouTube post.

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Legs & Co – Spirit of Radio

Top Of The Pops, 20 March 1980: Legs & Co. dance to Spirit of Radio by Rush

I’m willing to bet that the VT blokes at the BBC took delivery of a shiny new video effects system this week in 1980, and decided to try every single thing that it could do in this one performance.

But if you watch this visually incoherent mess carefully, you can spot bits of evidence that there really truly is a sophisticated bit of choreography going on in there.

Thanks to SuPaLu for the YouTube post.

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Legs & Co. – Can You Handle It

Top of the Pops, 19 March 1981:
Legs & Co. dance to Can You Handle It? by Sharon Redd.

The Grecian Dance from class Miss Colby’s Terpsichorean Academy seem to have lost their way in the corridors of Television Centre, and ended up on one of those frightful pop music programmes. Showing admirable adaptiveness, they soon had a vernacular dance routine worked out, and ended up enjoying the experience.

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Legs & Co. – Lately

Top of The Pops, 19 March 1981:
Legs & Co. dance to Lately by Stevie Wonder

From the old blog, Saturday, 12 March 2011:

Dramatic mood lighting? Bare feet? Wind machine? Must be Serious Ballad Time on TOTP. Here’s Legs & Co. dancing to Stevie Wonder’s Lately.

But wait: there’s another reason for all the sombre looks: as Some Guy points out in the comments, it’s Pauline’s final Legs appearance. Aw.

Comments:

Some Guy said…

Goodbye and thankyou to lovely Pauline after this.
Not a fan of the low lighting and long shadows in this, but for me this is a quality routine all the same, and what a great song by Mr Wonder.
12 March 2011 08:44

Suefan said…

Your right Some Guy, it is a quality effort. That moment of repose close to the end is super.
12 March 2011 11:18

PattiforPM said…

Something primal about this that really appeals to me. I actually think the lightning contributes to the simplicity and style. All in all this one is great to relax a troubled mind for me
12 March 2011 16:44

jez said…

a sad time for the original line up of legs and co losing one of their mates who made her mark in history with the dance troupe
13 March 2011 09:43

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Legs & Co. – Moody Blue

Top of the Pops, 17 March 1977: Legs & Co. dance to Moody Blue by Elvis Presley.

Sheer delight: our heroines in blue flouncy showgirl outfits, dancing to a lightweight but likeable song from The King. Vegas comes to Shepherd’s Bush.

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Legs & Co. – Is This Love

Top of the Pops 16 March 1978: Legs & Co. dance to ‘Is This Love’ by Bob Marley & The Wailers

There’s not much of a West Indian community in my home town: consequently, I’ve not been to many blues parties. But even a square like me knows that this is not really the authentic way to dance to reggae.

But you know what? I don’t care. Legs & Co. are looking lovely here, even down to the pom-poms on their toes (or are they bows?), and they’re they’re dancing well – in a very European, un-funky style perhaps – but so what?

This is a delightful routine to watch. Authenticity be damned.

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Legs & Co. – I Want Your Love

Top of the Pops 15/03/1979: Legs & Co. dance to I Want Your Love by Chic.

From the old blog, Thursday, 19 June 2014:

Chic numbers always seem to me to bring out the best in Flick’s choreography, and this one follows that pattern. A nice contrast between the cool detached formality of the big gown sequences, and the more sensual, sultry moves in the tiny outfits sections.

There’s a discussion of this performance going on, over on the OFTD forum.

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Legs & Co. – Something Else

Top of the Pops 9 March 1979:
Legs & Co. dance to Something Else by the Sex Pistols.


Legs & Co. punk it up, but it’s the Zandra Rhodes-y, high fashion end of punk.

From the old blog, Wednesday, 8 June 2011:

Here’s Legs & Co.’s take on punk, dancing to the Sex Pistols’ Something Else. From the fag end of the Pistols glory days: Johnny Rotten having quit, vocals on this single are by Sid Vicious. Thanks to Norvik, who sent me a copy of this routine.

Comments:

Suefan said…

Good fun, although of their two Pistols performances I prefer “Silly Thing”. Quiz question now. Who is who under those wigs? Pink leggings, blue tabard and darkish wig for the Goddess but the other four…..?
8 JUNE 2011 11:42

PattiforPM said…

Well the beautiful creature in the green with blue leggings and a pink wig looks like a wonderful dancer
9 JUNE 2011 02:47

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Legs & Co. – Together We Are Beautiful

Top of the Pops, 6 March 1980: Legs & Co. dance to Together We Are Beautiful by Fern Kinney.

From the old blog, Friday, 11 March 2011:

Here are Legs & Co. dressed as colour-coded, shades-wearing fairy princesses, dancing to Fern Kinney’s Together We Are Beautiful. Interspersed with pictures of famous couples, including our own Pauline’s wedding photograph at 1:36. I don’t recognise the couple at 0:44 (and famous people I don’t recognise usually turn out to be sporty folk).

Thanks once again to PattiforPM for this clip.

One thing about the routine that I missed mentioned first time round: we briefly see cutout figures that they’re pushing around on a table, in the manner of a World War II air force control room:. The figures all look like they’re drawn by Dave McKee, whose most famous creation is Mr. Benn. I don’t know if all of the figures are from the same TV show, or how they came to be included. So perhaps the girls are not fairies but in fact Fates, directing people’s love lives?

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