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Legs & Co. – Tusk

Top of the Pops, 18th Oct 1979: Legs & Co. dance to Tusk by Fleetwood Mac

Eyebrows were raised throughout the World of Pop when Fleetwood Mac choose to follow there hugely successful Rumours album with an abrupt change in direction, from smooth AOR to tribal drums and murky chanting. Here Legs & Co. follow the Macs lead with some outré collaged outfits. Though in the end I don’t think either the music or the choreography pulls it off successfully, kudos to band and dancers for avoiding the safe path and trying something new.

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Legs & Co. – Woman In Love

Top of the Pops 16 October 1980: Legs & Co. dance to Barbara Streisand’s Woman In Love.

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Legs & Co – The Greatest Love of All

13 October 1977: Legs & Co dance to The Greatest Love of All by George Benson.

At an Oh-Eff-Tee-Dee social gathering the other day, I was shocked to hear someone nominate this as their least favourite Legs & Co. routine. Really? But this is surely the most perfect marriage of the arts of choreography and semaphore? But that’s only my opinion, I know.

Perhaps some fluent semaphore reader could reveal the no-doubt highly profound hidden message in these gestures.

And how pleasant to hear George Benson’s version of this song. So smooth, so light, so free of the hystrionic caterwauling that ruin some later versions.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

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Legs & Co. – Casanova

Top of The Pops October 9th 1980:
Legs & Co. dance to Casanova by Coffee.

It’s a fabulous historical mash-up, as our heroines dress like 18th century courtesans (well a bit like), and behave like 19th century can-can dancers: all that provocative wiggling; and those little squeals of delight! They seem to be having a rare old time: Lulu in particular performs with great gusto. Lovely!

From the old blog, Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Here’s another great clip from PattiforPM. Thanks! Legs & Co. dance to Coffee’s Casanova. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something about these 18th century outfits tha doesn’t seem absolutely authentic. I’m probably being overly fussy, but there must be sometiny detail that doesn’t ring true. But hey, it’s Top of the Pops, not a historical drama.


Suefan said:

This is one of my favourite fun routines and I like the costumes. Was this not how ladies dressed and comported themselves then in the 18th century??
I’m also always amused at how Gill quickly dumps that basket she is saddled with at the start. All the other girls carry their impedimenta through to the end but not she, a girl of spirit. Now if it had been a hot dog, than that might have been another matter.
27 April 2011 10:17

PattiforPM said:

This playful little number is quite fun I agree. The delightful whoops and the coy but naughty deportment of the participants is very appealing.
27 April 2011 19:46

Some Guy said:

Yes this is superb stuff, one of my favourites this. Love Lulu at the one minute mark.
28 April 2011 06:52

Dug5y said:

Well, you learn something every day. I never knew that L&C were one of the first exponents of Burlesque on our screens!! Great quality clip.
28 April 2011 08:26

jez said:

thanks once again p4pm this is one routine i do not remember watching before
28 April 2011 20:26

carl said:

Hi everyone. Just joined this great site and I am viewing loads of routines that I havent seen before including this one.
17 May 2011 18:14

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Legs & Co. – Shut Up

Top of the Pops, 8 October 1981:
Legs & Co. dance while Madness perform Shut Up.

It’s October ’81, and the writing is on the wall for Legs & Co.’s TOTP career. Once again they’re reduced to sharing the badk of the stage with the audience, while we have difficulty hearing the music (yes the music, that thing that the whole show is meant to be about) because the producer insists on dubbing fake party noises over the top.

But… But… At least they get a proper choreographed routine to perform: at least they get nice flattering Police-Women-in-Tights outfits to wear: at least they’re not scattered amongst the audience, but remain together as a recognisable entity. Maybe I’m clutching at straws, but this still remains an enjoyable clip to watch, and not just because Madness are such entertaining chaps.

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Legs & Co. – From Here To Eternity

Top of the Pops 6 October 77:
Legs & Co. dance to “From Here To Eternity” by Giorgio Moroder.

This is really more of an exercise in video effects than a dance routine: we can see what’s going on in the silhouetted part, but the background is just a swirly blur of fast moving close-ups. Which all makes Noel’s closing comment, “I bet those outfits made you concentrate on what’s happening” all the more frustrating.

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Legs & Co. – Now That We Found Love

Top of The Pops, 5th October 1978:
Legs & Co. dance to “Now That We Found Love” by Third World.

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Legs & Co. – Searching

Legs & Co. dancing to Searching by Change on Top of The Pops, Thursday 2nd October 1980.

I think I can follow the costume designer’s reasoning here.

  1. The song is called “Searching”
  2. There was a film called “The Searchers” in 1956 (starring John Wayne)
  3. “The Searchers” was a western
  4. So costumes should be western style shirts and cowboy boots. QED!

“The Searchers” as a western movie looms surprisingly large in the history of pop: giving a name to the sixties beat group of course, and John Wayne’s sardonic catch phrase in the film, “That’ll be the day!” inspired Buddy Holly’s song of the same name.

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Legs & Co. – The Birdie Song

Legs & Co. dance to The Birdie Song by The Tweets

Here are two separate performances by Legs & Co. dance to this classically awful catchy novelty hit, which blighted the airwaves and dance floors through the autumn of 1981.

Version 1: TOTP, 1 October 1981.

Well, if Legs & Co. are again relegated to become part of the audience, at least they haven’t been split up like misbehaving schoolgirls: and at least they’re at the front and centre of the audience, meaning they get in most shots. Lovely nautical themed summery white dresses here.

From the old blog, Sunday, 22 May 2011

I’ve already posted a clip of Legs & Co dancing to The Birdie Song, but here’s another featuring whichever out-of-work actors the Tweets record company had hired to wear the costumes that particular week.

Thanks the generous PattiforPM, who sent me this clip.


PattiforPM said…

Well here’s another contender for the worst group chosen to stand in front of a fine Dance Troupe.
23 May 2011 00:41

Suefan said…

Thanks for this one guys. The girls seem to have come dressed for tennis but I’m not complaining.
23 May 2011 08:17

Version 2: 15 October 1981.

Rather ropey picture quality here, I’m afraid. Legs & Co. without the band, but separated on podiums amongst the audience. I’m not sure about the relevance of their little maid’s aprons here.

From the old blog, TUESDAY, 22 MARCH 2011

What happens if you digitise a VHS video clip then scale it without first de-interlacing? you get ugly horizontal lines all over your video, like this:

I will be eternally greatful to anyone who can send me a better quality clip of this performance.


Dug5y said…

YMG, I also have a copy of this perfomance. The video is exactly the same quality (without the lines!!) as it has presumably originated from the same source. I’ll upload it onto the Blog tonight.
22 March 2011 08:23

Suefan said…

I think I’m right in saying that this was the last official “Legs & Co”, as announced by the Beeb, although they then gave support to a couple more shows. Unfortunately this is hardly a fitting send off. At least one little birdie was able to avoid this dreadful number but that is scant consolation.
22 March 2011 10:45

PattiforPM said…

Yes the girls do their best in this performance of a dreadful song in the middle of “Black October”
22 March 2011 11:24

As I’d already been promised a superior version of this routine, I foolishly turned down Dug5y’s generous offer. Needless to say, the promised clip never materialised. Dug5y, if you’re out there: is it too late to change my mind?

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Legs & Co. – Waiting in Vain

Top of the Pops, 29 September 1977:
Legs & Co. dance to Waiting in Vain by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Thanks to Andeebee for the YouTube post.

Some comments from the old blog:

74benja81 said:

Love this song from Bob back in 1978. Love the Legs and Co dance routine. The only suggestion I would make about this clip, is they would have looked better dancing to this song in Grass skirts, rather than these long summer dresses. It would have looked cracking, and been in theme with a Caribbean feel to it. Love the clip though. Benja 🙂
20 December 2011 11:59

PattiforPM said:

… I love the close ups at the end finishing with the lovely Rosie.
22 October 2011 19:29

Suefan said:

Yes indeed. A splendidly appropriate routine for the moment and skirt swishing to boot!! Great stuff. And I see Flick finally managed to find a use for all those yards of net curtain material she had left over.
21 October 2011 08:22

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